Demone Harris ’13 was a basketball guy. He didn’t play football until his junior year at Timon. From 601 McKinley Parkway, he was a UB Football walk on. After graduation, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent this spring.
When he visited his high school alma mater earlier this month during the Bucs bye week, Harris was a member of Tampa’s practice squad. A week after visiting Timon, he was called up to the active roster and playing in his first NFL game.
He talked about the experience as a guest on Patrick Moran’s Moran-Alytics Podcast this week.
“I Love Timon”
Not only did Harris spend the day at Timon with the current crop of Tigers, his former teachers, and fellow UB alum Joe Licata—Harris’ Twitter bio lists Timon Tiger right next to UB Bull and Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
On the podcast, Moran asked Harris what keeps Timon so close to his heart?
“A lot of great memories,” said Harris. “People don’t realize I used to take three buses every day to go to Timon from the East Side, just for the opportunity to a good school.”
When Harris was on the sidelines during a Timon football game earlier this year, he talked about how the atmosphere at a Timon basketball game was better than a lot of college hoops experiences he’s had.
He said the same thing on the Moran podcast.
RIGHT: Demone Harris on the court for Timon.
“It’s a small knit community. I really enjoyed my time at Timon, the brotherhood, being an athlete there, being at basketball games, playing in football games.”
Even if someone’s never heard of Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School, Harris offers up an analogy that most sports fans understand pretty quickly.
“It’s like the Fighting Irish. It’s the small Fighting Irish,” he told Moran.
From sideline visits to the current Tigers games, to continuing to represent his pride in the paw in his Twitter bio, it’s clear Timon has a major supporter in the trenches in the NFL.
“I love everything about Timon,” says Harris. “I will continue to support them and put on for Timon as long as I can.”