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Chris Harris: KU football players won infamous fight vs. basketball counterparts

Denver Broncos cornerback and Kansas alum, Chris Harris Jr. celebrates after his team scored a touchdown during Alumni Game prior to the Spring Game on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. Harris served as one of the coaches.

Denver Broncos cornerback and Kansas alum, Chris Harris Jr. celebrates after his team scored a touchdown during Alumni Game prior to the Spring Game on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. Harris served as one of the coaches. by Nick Krug

Former Kansas football star and Super Bowl champion Chris Harris of the Denver Broncos didn’t hold back Thursday in an appearance on ESPN’s Highly Questionable.

In the midst of an interview with co-hosts Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones, Harris offered his recollection of an infamous on-campus altercation between members of the KU basketball and football teams, back in 2009.

“Were you on the Kansas football team that lost the fight to the basketball Morris twins?” Le Batard asked.

Smiling, Harris responded: “We definitely won that fight.”

Jones followed up: “We hear the other way.”

As reported by the Lawrence Journal-World at the time, the brawl left KU guard Tyshawn Taylor with a dislocated left thumb weeks before the start of the 2009-10 basketball season.

According to LeBetard, Marcus and Markieff Morris’ account of the incident includes them back-to-back, taking on football players “over someone who was on the track team.”

Harris remembers the fracas differently.

“Nah, man. I mean that story right there, I think it was over one of the little track girls, but, I mean, we had 300-pound dudes fighting these basketball guys, so they definitely didn’t win,” Harris said. “I definitely watched it and seen it with my own eyes. We definitely won that for sure. I love the Morris twins, though. Those my boys, though.”

Furthermore, Harris claimed there wasn’t really a football versus basketball dynamic at KU.

“We (the football team, coming off back-to-back bowl-win seasons) were actually pretty good at that time,” Harris said. “I guess you could say they were running the campus. We were, too.”

Reiterating his love for the Morris twins, Harris said he had to have his football teammates’ backs during the heated disagreement, before again laughing at the idea of a humongous defensive tackles in a melee against slighter basketball players.

“It’s not fair to fight a 6-foot point guard or 6-7, 6-9 power forward. I think we had a little advantage,” Harris recalled, wearing a grin.

Harris, who played with volatile cornerback Aqib Talib at Kansas and is teamed up with him again in Denver, also shared on ESPN one of his favorite Talib stories from back in the day.

“I was a true freshman, and I was starting opposite of Talib, who was an All-American. We were playing Missouri. They had their whole team on the 50-yard line, and Talib just like ran through their whole team,” Harris said. “And they were warming up, running plays, and he like, they had to get the cops to come drag him off there, off their side of the field for warmups, back in the tunnel. So I was like, ‘Man.’ That was one of the craziest times I’ve seen Talib right there.”

Watch the entire entertaining segment with Harris below:

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Chris Harris details ‘stigma’ that comes with going undrafted

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris signs autographs after drills at the team's NFL football training camp Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris signs autographs after drills at the team's NFL football training camp Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver Broncos fan favorite Chris Harris Jr., a Pro-Bowl cornerback, has been proving his doubters wrong from the minute he arrived in The Mile High City.

Undrafted after starring at Kansas for four seasons, Harris had no choice but to take on a me-against-the-world mentality, because the NFL culture didn’t accept him. The 5-foot-10, 199-pound corner wrote about that battle extensively for The Players’ Tribune on Thursday, in a piece titled: Don’t Call Me Underrated.

His account kicks off with a reminder about his KU career — Harris started for four seasons, even as a freshman on a team that would win the Orange Bowl. But all 32 NFL teams passed on the experienced corner in the 2011 draft.

Kansas defenders Chris Harris (16) and Olaitan Oguntodu (44) collapse on New Mexico State tight end Kyle Nelson (17) during the first quarter Friday, Sept. 25, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas defenders Chris Harris (16) and Olaitan Oguntodu (44) collapse on New Mexico State tight end Kyle Nelson (17) during the first quarter Friday, Sept. 25, 2010 at Kivisto Field. by Nick Krug

Upon joining the Broncos, Harris found out breaking through as an undrafted rookie would be even harder than he expected.

“There’s a huge stigma to going undrafted,” Harris wrote at ThePlayersTribune.com. “Not a lot of people talk about it, but there is. For a guy who’s drafted, and in particular drafted high, you’re allowed to make so many more mistakes. People want you to succeed, and any shortcomings you have are viewed as temporary. An ‘adjustment phase.’

“When you’re undrafted, you just don’t have that same margin for error. You have to go above and beyond — and then above and beyond that.”

Harris goes on to explain how other team’s coaches, players and some media members hope to see undrafted players fall flat and make a mistake.

“Because if you do make one, they can think to themselves, ‘Oh. That’s why he went undrafted. Okay. We’re fine. We did our jobs.’”

Harris provides an interesting perspective on the subject — one he would know far more about than those of us watching on Sundays do. He paints the NFL as quite a cliquish environment.

Along those lines, consider another point brought up by Harris. Pro Football Focus rated him the No. 4 overall player in the NFL for 2014. The guys ahead of him? J.J. Watt, Aaron Rodgers and Justin Houston.

Later, the NFL Network released a top-100 list. Somehow Harris didn’t even make the cut.

That makes almost as much sense as the Broncos’ official online store not selling Harris T-shirts (which it doesn’t).

Appropriately, Harris closes his story by pointing out the sure-fire way to get people to remember him: “Win the Super Bowl.”

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You can watch Harris — with fellow KU product Aqib Talib — in prime time tonight, when his Broncos (1-0) play at Kansas City (1-0) on Thursday Night Football (CBS and NFL Network).

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