Chris Harris (American football)
|Defensive quality control assistant|
|Date of birth:August 6, 1982|
|Place of birth: Little Rock, Arkansas|
|NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 181|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Chicago Bears|
|Last played in 2012 for the Jacksonville Jaguars|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Chris Harris (born August 6, 1982) is an American football assistant coach with the Chicago Bears and former safety in the National Football League (NFL). He was selected with the seventh pick of the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Harris, nicknamed "Hitman", played college football for the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
In his playing career, he was also a member of the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was hired as a defensive quality control assistant coach by the Chicago Bears on January 28, 2013.
While playing in the NFL, Harris was noted to be one of the more prolific and popular users of Twitter and other social media.
First stint with Bears
In the 2006 preseason, Harris made a statement to a fan, Bryan Lange, that if the Bears made the Super Bowl he would give him a ticket. In January, his statement caused a minor controversy when the Bears did in fact qualify for Super Bowl XLI. Lange stood outside of Bears team headquarters holding a sign saying "Chris Harris, you promised." Harris claimed that he was joking and would not be able to fulfill the request due to family ticket obligations. Ticket brokerage firm sitclose.com later gave Lange a ticket, quieting the controversy. Harris intercepted a pass from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in the first quarter of the game; however, the Bears would go on to lose the game 29-17.
Harris was traded to the Carolina Panthers on August 2, 2007 for a 2008 5th round draft pick. Harris started 15 games in 2007 finishing with 101 tackles, and also setting a team record as he led the league with 8 forced fumbles.
In 2008, the Panthers rewarded Harris with a 4-year contract extension. He finished the 2008 season with 70 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception.
Second stint with Bears
On April 27, 2010, Harris was dealt back to the Bears in exchange for linebacker Jamar Williams. In his first season back in Chicago, Harris recorded 70 tackles and a career-high 5 interceptions that he returned for 69 yards. In week 12, he was the first player of the season to intercept a Michael Vick pass as he picked off Vick in Chicagos endzone to help the Bears beat the Eagles 31-26. Following his performance during the 2010 season, Harris received his first All-Pro-selection. On October 27, 2011, Harris was released by the Bears.
The Detroit Lions claimed him off waivers on October 28, 2011.
On January 26, 2013, Harris announced his retirement.
Chicago Bears Defensive Assistant
On January 28, 2013 Harris was hired by the Bears as a defensive quality control coach.
Harris is married to former stockbroker Kenetria (née Richardson) Harris. He has a twin brother, Gerald Harris, two older sisters, a daughter and son.
- profootballtalk.com: Former Bears, Panthers safety Chris Harris retires
- "'It's on tape': Fan demands Bears player fulfill ticket vow". Chicago Sun-Times. 2005-01-25. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
- Chris Harris' tweet, announcing his own retirement
- Chris Harris hired as defensive quality control coach.