Ryan Harris (American football)

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Ryan Harris
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Harris in 2010.
No. 68  Kansas City Chiefs
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-11) March 11, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 302 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall
College: Notre Dame
NFL draft: 2007 – 3rd round – 70th pick
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Games played: 78
Games started: 39
Stats at NFL.com

Ryan Emerson Wilcox Harris (born March 11, 1985) is an American football offensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

Harris has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans.

Early years[edit]

Harris attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota and was a letterman in football and wrestling. In wrestling, he was a two-year letterman and an All-Conference honoree. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with fellow Notre Dame teammates Brady Quinn, John Carlson, Victor Abiamiri and Tom Zbikowski.

College career[edit]

Heavily recruited by Notre Dame, Iowa, Miami (FL), and Michigan, Harris committed to play for the Fighting Irish, where he started at offensive tackle for four seasons.

Professional career[edit]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Harris was drafted by the Denver Broncos as a 3rd round pick (70th overall) in the 2007 NFL draft.[1] In the 2008 season, Harris only allowed 1.5 sacks on QB Jay Cutler.

In the 2009 season, Harris only started and played in 8 games. He dislocated two toes in a game on November 1, 2009. The injury kept him out the rest of season and was placed on Injured Reserve on December 9.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On August 2, 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to a one-year contract. After undergoing back surgery, Harris was waived/injured on September 3, 2011. He was released with an injury settlement as well.

Second Stint with Broncos[edit]

On January 2, 2012, Harris was signed by the Broncos as an injury replacement for Chris Kuper.

He was released by the Broncos on August 31, 2012 and signed by the Houston Texans on September 1, 2012 to replace an injured Rashad Butler who was lost for the season to injury. He fits the zone blocking scheme.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On July 24, 2014, Harris signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.[2]


Harris is a devout Muslim.[3] Before finding his faith, he was raised in the church of Unitarian Universalism, at Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul. In the summer before attending Notre Dame, Harris was featured on the MTV show True Life in a documentary entitled "I Want the Perfect Body", back in 2003.


  1. ^ Broncos Address OL in Third Round. BroncoTalk. Retrieved on 2007-07-12
  2. ^ "Deals for Smith, Houston are priorities with Charles signed". St. Joseph News-Press. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Muslim Player Thrives With Nourished Spirit NY Times retrieved on 9/12/2010

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