Harris wins the Lombardi, could come back in '04

Oklahoma defensive tackle Tommie Harris poses with the Lombardi Award trophy Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 in Houston. Harris won the award Wednesday night. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON, Texas — Monday night was Derrick Strait's night. Saturday could be Jason White's night. Wednesday night belonged to Tommie Harris.

The 6-foot-3 junior from Killeen, Texas celebrated the biggest day of his career on Wednesday night in Houston when became just the third Sooner to win the prestigous Lombardi Award.

Harris, who is the 34th Lombardi recipient, was chosen for the award over UCLA's Dave Ball, Arkansas's Shawn Andrews and Georgia's David Pollack. Lee Roy Selmon (1975) and Tony Casillias (1985) were the previous two winners from Oklahoma.

The Lombardi Award is given annualy to the nation's best lineman on offense or defense. The trophy (pictured above) is a 40-pound block of granite that sits atop a silver pedestal built over 'a foundation of discipline'. The winner is selected by a committe of 400 comprised of the nation's top coaches, writers, broadcasters and previous Lombardi Award winners.

Harris finished the 2003 season with 34 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks.

But that wasn't the surprising news of the night. The big news of the night was that Harris says he wants to come back and win another Lombardi Award next season.

That is a far cry from the rumors circulating all season that say Harris is a lock to enter the 2004 NFL draft next summer. Stay tuned...

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