Shelby Harris

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Shelby Harris
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Harris in the 2017 NFL season.
No. 96 – Denver Broncos
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1991-08-11) August 11, 1991 (age 29)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school:Homestead
(Mequon, Wisconsin)
College:Illinois State
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 7 / Pick: 235
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2020
Total tackles:150
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Shelby Harris (born August 11, 1991) is an American football defensive end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois State.

College career[edit]

Harris initially went to the University of Wisconsin to play for the Badgers. After redshirting his freshman year, he transferred to Illinois State. In 2010, he was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference all-newcomer team. In 2012, he started all thirteen games as the Redbirds reached the FCS national quarterfinals, and he was named to the all-MVFC first team. But before the 2013 season, he was dismissed from the Redbirds for conduct detrimental to the team.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Harris was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 235th overall pick. On May 20, 2014, he signed his contract with the Raiders. On September 18, 2014, Harris was waived. On September 20, 2014, he was signed to the Raiders' practice squad. On December 24, 2014, he was elevated to the active roster. On September 5, 2015, he was waived. On September 9, 2015, Harris was re-signed to the practice squad. On October 24, 2015, he was elevated to the active roster. On October 31, 2015, he was waived again. On November 3, 2015, Harris was re-signed to the practice squad. On November 19, 2015, he was elevated to the active roster again. On May 16, 2016, Harris was released by the Raiders.

New York Jets[edit]

On June 1, 2016, Harris was signed by the Jets. On August 28, 2016, he was waived by the Jets.[2]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On December 22, 2016, Harris was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad.[3] He was released on January 10, 2017.[4]

Denver Broncos[edit]

On January 25, 2017, Harris signed a reserve/future contract with the Broncos.[5] On September 11, 2017 on Monday Night Football Harris saved the game for the Broncos with a late-game block of a field goal by Los Angeles Chargers rookie Younghoe Koo.[6] Harris went on to have the most productive season of his career, recording 34 tackles, 3 passes defended, and 5.5 sacks, the last of which was good for second on the team behind teammate Von Miller.

On November 25, 2018, Harris recorded his first career interception. Harris intercepted Ben Roethlisberger in the endzone to prevent a would-be game-winning touchdown.

On March 7, 2019, the Broncos placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Harris.[7] In week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings, Harris sacked Kirk Cousins 3 times, one of which was a strip sack which was recovered by teammate A.J. Johnson in the 27–23 loss.[8] In the final game of the season against the Oakland Raiders, he preserved the Broncos' 16-15 victory by knocking down Derek Carr's pass on what would have been the game-winning two-point conversion.[9]

On April 2, 2020, the Broncos re-signed Harris to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.[10] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 4, 2020.[11]


  1. ^ "Illinois State dismisses DT Harris". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Allen, Eric (August 28, 2016). "Jets Release 11, Place Devin Smith on PUP List". Archived from the original on September 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Cowboys Sign DT Shelby Harris To Practice Squad". December 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Cowboys Release DT Shelby Harris From Practice Squad, Sign DE Lenny Jones". January 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Jhabvala, Nicki (January 25, 2017). "Broncos sign DL Shelby Harris to reserve/future contract".
  6. ^ DiLalla, Aric (September 12, 2017). "After earning his way, Shelby Harris makes play on national stage". Archived from the original on May 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Broncos have placed a second round tender on Shelby Harris". March 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Vikings overcome 20-0 deficit at half to beat Broncos 27-23". November 17, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "WATCH: Broncos' Shelby Harris deflects 2-point attempt to seal win over Raiders". December 29, 2019.
  10. ^ DiLalla, Aric (April 2, 2020). "Broncos re-sign DL Shelby Harris".
  11. ^ DiLalla, Aric (November 4, 2020). "Broncos place DE Shelby Harris on Reserve/COVID-19 list". Retrieved December 2, 2020.

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