Al Harris (defensive lineman)

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For the defensive back of the same name, see Al Harris (cornerback).
Al Harris
No. 90
Position: Defensive end
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-12-31) December 31, 1956 (age 59)
Career information
College: Arizona State
NFL draft: 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history

As Player

As Assistant Coach

Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 20.5
Interceptions: 4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Alfred Carl Harris (born December 31, 1956) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end and linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He played college football for Arizona State University, and earned All-American honors. He was a first-round pick in the 1979 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Harris was born in Bangor, Maine. He attended Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

College career[edit]

He attended Arizona State University, where he played for the Arizona State Sun Devils football team from 1975 to 1978. As a senior in 1978, he was a consensus first-team All-American.

Professional career[edit]

The Chicago Bears chose Harris in the first round (ninth pick overall) in the 1979 NFL Draft. Harris played for the Bears from 1979 to 1984, and again from 1986 to 1988. Harris sat out the entire 1985 season due to a contract dispute with the Bears, and missed being part of one of the most dominating Super Bowl teams of all time.[1][2]

Harris returned in 1986, but a hamstring injury and the contract dispute still lingered over his tenure with the Bears, and he signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in the off-season in 1989. He played two years with the Eagles before retiring.

Coaching career[edit]

From 2009 to 2010, Harris was the pass rush specialist coach for the San Francisco 49ers.[3] He was dismissed by the San Francisco 49ers on December 27, 2010, after 49ers President Jed York fired head coach Mike Singletary.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Al Harris and Todd Bell missed the legendary 1985 Chicago Bears season due to contract disputes - ESPN Chicago". Sports.espn.go.com. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  2. ^ CHRISTINE BRENNAN (1993-01-28). "CHICAGO BEARS vs. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS : Bears' Two Holdouts Are Also Missing Out : Bell, Harris Won't Be in New Orleans This Week For Super Moments - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  3. ^ "49ers Add New Coaching Positions". 49ers.com. Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  4. ^ "York: New GM will decide on next coach". sacbee.com. Retrieved 2010-12-27.