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Alshinard "Al" Harris (born December 7, 1974 in Pompano Beachmarker, Floridamarker) is an American football cornerback who plays for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Harris is known throughout the league for his physical, bump-and-run coverage style. He has been given the nick name "Dirty-One" by other players and officials as it encapsulates his aggressive style of play with his uniform number; 31. He is also awarded the nick name "Predator" as his long hair in dreadlock style mimic the intimidating sci-fi movie figure of the same name.

High school

Harris attended Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Floridamarker.

College career

Harris spent two seasons (1993-94) at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texasmarker where he was a member of the 1994 national championship team. He then transferred to Texas A&M University-Kingsvillemarker where he was a two-year starter and letterman (1995-96). Harris was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference pick in 1996. (He stayed in room 262 in Turner Hall.)

Professional career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Harris was drafted in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL Draft with the 169th pick overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While in Tampa, Harris failed to make the team's regular season roster and was waived on August 24, 1997. Two days later he was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad and remained for his entire rookie season.

His practice squad contract expired after the 1997 season, but he was resigned by Tampa Bay on January 22, 1998. Harris was released again on August 30, 1998 a day before the final roster reduction of training camp.

Philadelphia Eagles

After being waived by Tampa Bay the day before, Harris was claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles on August 31, 1998. He became an immediate contributor. 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.

Over the ensuing four seasons, Harris settled into his role as the team's nickelback and occasional starter at cornerback.

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

Green Bay Packers

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, where he became a solid feature of the secondary.

In overtime of the Wild Card round of the 2004 NFL playoffs, Harris intercepted Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and ran the ball back 52 yards for the winning touchdown.

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 only allowed 1 1/2 touchdowns in coverage, largely due to his dominant "in your face" style. One big play was on a slant route by St. Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt. The half was a busted coverage against Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans. Harris finished the season with three interceptions and 14 pass deflections, while being a consistent all star all through the season.

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. As of week 14 (in 2007-2008 season), he has had two interceptions; one in Week 13's game against the Dallas Cowboys, and the second coming from an interception on the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.

Harris played in the 2008 Pro Bowl, along with teammates Chad Clifton, Donald Driver, and Aaron Kampman, as well as head coach Mike McCarthy. Brett Favre was scheduled to play too; however, he was replaced by Jeff Garcia.

Harris was originally thought to be out for the remainder of the 2008 season due to 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 what has been ruled a season-ending ACL injury in a game against the San Francisco 49ers.

NFL statistics

Year Team G GS TTkl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD PD FF FR
1997 Tampa Bay - - - - - - - - - - - -
1998 Philadelphia Eagles 16 7 53 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
1999 Philadelphia Eagles 16 6 40 9 0 4 151 37.8 84 1 17 0 0
2000 Philadelphia Eagles 16 4 32 10 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 0
2001 Philadelphia Eagles 16 2 21 4 0 2 22 11 14 0 10 0 0
2002 Philadelphia Eagles 16 2 25 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 13 0 0
2003 Green Bay Packers 16 16 46 3 0 3 89 29.7 56t 1 11 1 0
2004 Green Bay Packers 16 16 67 5 0 1 29 29 29 0 28 0 0
2005 Green Bay Packers 16 16 53 7 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 24 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 9 0 0
2009 Green Bay Packers 3 3 14 3 0 1 29 29.0 29 0 1 0 0
Total 175 116 324 33 3 20 407 - 84 3 100 2 0


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