Harry Galbreath’s college and professional football career spanned 9 years, and was marked by many career honors and successes. Harry was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, and after graduating from Clarksville High School , he attended the University of Tennessee. At 6’1”, 296 pounds, Harry was a standout offensive guard for the Tennessee Volunteers, known for his intimidating blocks.
Harry was only recruited by two schools coming out of high school – the University of Tennessee and Austin Peay. After choosing to sign with the University of Tennessee, he immediately began proving his toughness on the field. He played in every game at UT during his time there, from 1984 to 1987, including three years as a starter. He received several honors, including first-team All-American when he was a senior in college. He was a big force on the 1985 SEC Championship team, which beat Miami in the Sugar Bowl. He won the 1987 Jacobs Trophy as the SEC’s best blocker, and was named to Tennessee’s 100 Year All-Time Team in 1991. His coaches called him one of the most dominating and aggressive run blockers they had ever coached.
It didn’t take long for the NFL to come calling for Harry. In 1988, he was an 8th-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins and was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team. He played for the Miami Dolphins for five years before he signed with the Green Bay Packers, where he played three years. He ended his career with the New York Jets after the 1996 season.
The love of football always kept Harry involved in the sport. When he retired from the NFL, Harry became offensive line coach at Austin Peay State University back at home in Clarksville, then coached at Tennessee State University in Nashville. He later became offensive line coach at Hampton University in Virginia. He later returned to become a strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee.
Off the field, Harry was always involved in helping youth and athletes, even in his college days. He was active with the National Incarcerated Parents and Families Network later in life.
Harry’s sudden passing in 2010 at the young age of 45 was an incredible loss not only to the world of football, but especially to his extended network of family and friends. Everybody who knew Harry has a story to tell about how he touched their lives. In addition to his incredible talent on the football field, his laughs, smiles and his gripping handshakes are missed by everyone who knew him. Camp76 is a continuing effort to keep the legacy of Harry Galbreath alive for young athletes for generations to come.