Lonnie Harris bounced around in his career, playing for several semi-pro teams and in the USFL. Originally property of the Washington Federals, Harris was signed by the Oklahoma Outlaws on May 4, 1984 and played mostly special teams. He returned 28 kickoffs for a 19.8 yard average and 12 punts for a 7.5 yard average. He also had 2 carries on offense for 11 yards. He followed the team to Arizona after it merged with the Wranglers to become the Arizona Outlaws. In Arizona, he returned 19 kickoffs for a 24.1 yard average (including a career-high 76 yarder) and 28 punts for an 8.8 yard average. On offense, he carried the ball 3 times for 21 yards and caught his only pass as a pro for 22 yards. He would move to Denver later in the year and with the Gold, Harris returned 16 kickoffs for a 26.4 yard average and 10 punts for a 10.4 yard average.
After the 1985 season, Harris was selected by the Orlando Renegades in a draft of waived players as the teams set reduced rosters they would protect and pay in the over one-year wait until the 1986 fall season. Harris' selection caused some confusion according to news reports as Jacksonville Bulls coach Mouse Davis (Harris' former coach with the Gold) told the Denver Post that Renegades GM, Bugsy Englehard, phoned him asking why they were not protecting Leonard Harris after he was second in the league in pass receptions in 1985 with 92. The Renegades admitted some initial confusion between the two Harris' but denied they picked Lonnie Harris thinking they had selected Leonard Harris.
This jersey was generously donated to gamewornfootballjersey.com by Arizona Outlaws equipment manager, Spanky Crawford. This site gets all of our 1984 Wranglers and 1985 Outlaws items checked by him first and thank him for all his help. I consider him both a friend and a class act. This jersey was issued to kick returner Lonnie Harris. This jersey shows no game wear but there is evidence that a nameplate with L. Harris was once on this jersey and removed. Crawford informed me that this jersey may have been game worn but could not say for certain as the team typically had more than one jersey for skill position players in case they got ripped in game action.