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Wayne Harris
Nickname(s) Thumper
Date of birth: May 4, 1938 (1938-05-04) (age 71)
Place of birth: Hampton, Arkansas
Career information
Position(s): LB/C
College: Arkansas
 As player:
1961–1972 Calgary Stampeders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1962, 1964–1968, 1970–1971
Awards: MVP, 1971 Grey Cup
Retired #s: 55 (Stampeders)
Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1976
College Football Hall of Fame, 2004

Carroll Wayne Harris (born May 4, 1938, in Hampton, Arkansas) is a retired American professional football player who was a linebacker for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League from 1961 through 1972.

Harris was a high school all-American who played collegiately for University of Arkansas from 1957 to 1960. In 1960, he was selected as the outstanding player in the Southwest Conference and played in the Cotton Bowl Classic and the All-American Bowl. He was nicknamed, "Thumper."

Harris was drafted by the Boston Patriots of the American Football League, but went to play in Canada instead. In the CFL, he was named all-Western Conference 11 times and all-Canadian nine times, appearing in three Grey Cup finals. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 59th Grey Cup in 1971, won by the Stampeders. His jersey #55 was retired by the Stampeders in 1973.

Harris was named to Arkansas' all-century team for the 20th century and has been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame (2004), the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. In November, 2006, Harris was voted 9th among the CFL's Top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network The Sports Network/TSN.

Wayne Harris is now a full time physical education teacher, at William Aberhart High School in Calgary, Canada. He also volunteers his football know-how to the school's football teams.

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