Mel’s Sports History: Jim Harberson, the foot of justice

Mel's Sports History: Jim Harberson, the foot of justice

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Watertown Red & Black have had some great kickers over the years but none can compare to Jim Harberson.

Harberson made his mark in the community in law, becoming a city court judge. On the gridiron, the soccer-style kicker made his mark with some big kicks for the local semipro football team.

For Red & Black fans, it’s a good thing he gave up soccer for a different style of football.

Harberson was a place kicker for the Red & Black from 1972 to 1981. He was one of the top kickers in team history with 332 points, including 36 field goals and 224 points after touchdown, a team record.

He owns the longest field goal in team history with a 48-yarder against Rotterdam in 1977.

He was a student of the art of kicking, his, soccer-style.

The former soccer player was among the first in the area to kick soccer-style.

He also knew the technique of a straight-on kicker.

He explains both techniques in the video.

His greatest moment may have been as a member of the 1980 Red & Black championship team. His reflections on that championship win over Troy are also in the video,

James “Jim” Harberson, Watertown city judge for 26 years, who got his kicks as a member of the Watertown Red & Black.

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