The Times West Virginian


May 6, 2013

State’s long NFL presence recognized

Former Rams Harrah, Cowan are inducted into West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame at 67th VAD

CLARKSBURG — For 27 straight years, there was a West Virginia presence on the offensive line for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.

The two players in that role — Dennis Harrah and the late Charles Cowan — were inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame during Sunday’s 67th annual Victory Awards Dinner at Village Square Conference Center.

“I’m proud to be coming in here today with a guy like Charlie,” Harrah said.

They were on the Rams together for one season — in 1975.

Harrah, a graduate of the former Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston who was the 11th overall pick in the 1975 NFL draft after a career at the University of Miami, was impressed by the West Virginia connection he found in Los Angeles.

His thoughts?

“How in the hell am I going to get on the field with a player like this?” Harrah said.

Harrah, who initially was going to go to Marshall before the tragic plane crash of 1970, wrestled at 192 pounds as a high school senior and never weighed more than 210 pounds while at Stonewall Jackson.

“The thing I did and what you can do is work hard every day,” Harrah said. “Look at your positives and work on your negatives.”

Harrah played 13 years with the Rams, 12 as a starter. He was named an all-pro seven times, played in six Pro Bowls and was a six-year team captain. He played in 168 games and 15 playoff games, including the 1980 Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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