Al Harris (cornerback)

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Al Harris
Al Harris (Packers CB, 2006).jpg
Al Harris in 2006
Kansas City Chiefs
Assistant Defensive backs coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-12-07) December 7, 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth: Coconut Creek, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Pompano Beach (FL) Ely
College: Texas A&M-Kingsville
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 6 / Pick: 169
Debuted in 1998 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 2011 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 468
Quarterback sacks 4.0
Interceptions 21
Stats at NFL.com

Alshinard "Al" Harris (born December 7, 1974) is an American football coach and former cornerback. Harris played for fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL) from 1998 to 2011. He is currently the defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Harris played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams. He was selected for the Pro Bowl after his 2006 and 2007 seasons in Green Bay. The AP also named him a second-team All-Pro in 2007.

Harris was known throughout the league for his physical, bump-and-run coverage style and is also known for his long, stringy dreadlocks, influencing others in the NFL.[1] He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

College career[edit]

Harris spent two seasons (1993–94) at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas where he was a member of the 1994 national championship team. He then transferred to Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he was a two-year starter and letterman (1995–96). Harris was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference pick in 1996.

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

After being waived by Tampa Bay the day before, Harris was claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles on August 31, 1998. Harris made his NFL debut a week later against the Seattle Seahawks as the starting right cornerback in place of injured Bobby Taylor. He started seven games and played in all 16 during the 1998 season.[2]

On November 6, 2000, Harris signed a five-year contract extension through 2004 with the Eagles.[2]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Following the 2002 season, Green Bay acquired Harris and a fourth round choice in that year's draft in exchange for the Packers' second round selection. Harris went on to start all 32 regular season games over the next two seasons for Green Bay.

In a 2003 NFC wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks Harris returned an interception 52 yards for the game winning touchdown 4:25 in overtime, making this the first playoff game ever to be won in overtime with a defensive touchdown. The game is memorable for Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's ironic comment after winning the coin toss for the start of overtime, telling the microphoned referee, and thus the crowd at Lambeau Field and the national television audience, "We want the ball, and we're going to score."

In 2005, Harris only allowed one touchdown in coverage, and Harris finished the season with three sacks, ten pass deflections, and three interceptions (one for touchdown in a 52-3 win over the New Orleans Saints).

In 2006, Harris finished the season with three interceptions and 14 pass deflections.

Al Harris signing autographs in 2007.

On February 13, 2007 it was announced that Harris signed a two-year contract extension with the Packers. The deal is an add-on to the five-year, $18.7 million extension that Harris signed in 2004, a contract that included about $7 million in guarantees. That extension still had three seasons remaining on it, through 2009. Financial details of the new extension were not yet available, but Harris told the Wisconsin State Journal that it includes two roster bonuses totaling $4.5 million, along with some Pro Bowl incentives.[3]

Harris played in the 2008 Pro Bowl, along with teammates Brett Favre, Chad Clifton, Donald Driver, and Aaron Kampman, as well as head coach Mike McCarthy.[4]

Harris was originally thought to be out for the remainder of the 2008 season because of a ruptured spleen suffered during the first quarter of the game against Dallas, when he collided with fellow Green Bay Packer A.J. Hawk. However, Harris came back to the Packers in their game against the Tennessee Titans on November 2, 2008.

On November 22, 2009 Al Harris suffered a potentially career-ending injury to the outside of his left knee in a home game against the San Francisco 49ers. Harris fell to the ground while trailing Niners wide receiver Michael Crabtree; no contact caused the injury, Harris reported his foot simply 'got caught in the ground'.[5] Harris tore the anterior cruciate ligament, the lateral collateral ligament, the iliotibial band, the fibular collateral ligament, and the lateral hamstring. His knee was surgically reconstructed eight days later and Harris has been working at rehabilitating his knee since.[6]

Harris started the 2010 season on the ' Physically Unable to Perform (PUP)' list, then returned to practice on October 19. On November 8, 2010 Al Harris was taken off the list and waived by the Green Bay Packers.[7] He passed through waivers unclaimed, making him a free agent. Green Bay paid Harris the pro-rated portion of his $2.5 million salary, but is not obligated to pay the rest of it even though he passed through waivers.[8]

On Sunday, November 21, 2010, Harris took out a large advertisement in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, thanking Packer fans for 'always supporting (him)'.[9]

On May 12, 2011 Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy stated that Al Harris will receive a Super Bowl ring from the Packers Super Bowl XLV championship run.[10]

On May 1, 2013 Ted Thompson, Green Bay Packers Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations stated that Al Harris had informed the team of his decision to retire as a Green Bay Packer.[11]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

After drawing interest from the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans, Harris signed a 1-year deal with the Miami Dolphins on November 10, 2010.[12] He played three games before suffering a hamstring injury and was placed on Injured Reserve, ending his season. On December 30, 2010, the Dolphins released Harris from Injured Reserve.[13]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On July 29, 2011, Harris agreed to terms with the St. Louis Rams. On November 13, 2011, Harris suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a regular season game against the Cleveland Browns and did not return to the game. The following day, November 14, 2011, Harris was subsequently placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On May 2, 2013 Harris retired as a Green Bay Packer. When asked to comment he said, "Just over my career I had an awesome time, but the better part of my years were in Green Bay, (so) it was just important to me to retire as a Packer," Harris said Thursday, nearly 3½ years since he played his final snap for the Packers. "I had a great experience in Philadelphia, great experience in Tampa and everywhere else I played, but Green Bay is a special place to play football."[14]

Coaching career[edit]

During the 2012 season, Harris served as a coaching intern under coach Joe Philbin for the Miami Dolphins.[15] Harris agreed to become the assistant defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs on January 25, 2013. [16]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS TTkl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD PD FF FR
1998 Philadelphia Eagles 16 7 43 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0
1999 Philadelphia Eagles 16 6 38 6 0 4 151 37.8 84 1 17 0 0
2000 Philadelphia Eagles 16 4 27 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 0
2001 Philadelphia Eagles 16 2 22 2 0 2 22 11 14 0 10 0 0
2002 Philadelphia Eagles 16 2 24 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 13 0 0
2003 Green Bay Packers 16 16 48 2 0 3 89 29.7 56t 1 11 1 0
2004 Green Bay Packers 16 16 62 6 0 1 29 29 29 0 28 0 0
2005 Green Bay Packers 16 16 62 6 3 3 30 10.0 22t 1 10 1 0
2006 Green Bay Packers 16 16 41 6 0 3 39 13.0 34 0 14 0 0
2007 Green Bay Packers 16 16 37 4 0 2 17 8.5 17 0 9 0 0
2008 Green Bay Packers 12 12 25 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 9 0 0
2009 Green Bay Packers 10 10 34 5 1 2 29 14.5 29 0 5 0 1
2010 Miami Dolphins 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 St. Louis Rams 9 5 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1
Total 194 128 424 46 4 21 407 19.3 84 3 143 2 2

Stats from Pro Football Reference[17]

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