Safety Chris Harris came into in the NFL in 2005 as a sixth round pick out of Louisiana-Monroe. Harris had a pretty solid rookie season, appearing in 14 games, making 58 tackles, one sack and three interceptions.
His three interceptions were the most by a rookie safety since Mark Carrier snagged 10 in 1990. Harris appeared in 11 games in 2006-2007, making 54 tackles and two interceptions. Harris intercepted Colts QB Peyton Manning in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLI.
On August 2, 2007, Harris was traded to the Panthers for a fifth round pick. He spent three seasons in Carolina averaging 75 tackles per season, 1.5 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles.
On April 27, 2010 the Bears reacquired Chris Harris for LB Jamar Williams. Bringing Chris Harris back was a great move. So far this season in 11 games, Harris has made 42 tackles and three interceptions.
I got a chance to ask Chris some questions this week about his life and football.
Here’s the interview, exclusively on Bearsbacker.com:
Q: Was it always your dream to play in the NFL?
A: No it was not always my dream to play in the NFL. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a football player. I was a huge baseball player. Growing up as a kid my dream was to play in the major leagues playing baseball. It didn’t really become my dream until college.
Q: Who is your role model? Who is the person who helped you get to this point?
A: My parents are my role models. They were two of my biggest role models in my life. I looked up to them, they did things the right way. They instilled great values and morals in me.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to? What TV shows do you like to watch?
A: I listen to all kinds of music. I’m an R&B guy, hip-hop guy. I listen to a little alternative and gospel. I listen to all of genres of music. My favorite TV show right now is Criminal Minds. It’s one of the best TV series right now.
Q: Who are your closest friends on the team or in the NFL?
A: My closest friend in the NFL is Nathan Vasher. Vash is a real good friend of mine, he’s almost like a brother. He is a guy I grew close to when I got to Chicago and we’ve been pretty close ever since. Another good friend of mine is Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers.
Q: What do you enjoy most when you’re playing at Soldier Field?
A: The crowd. Getting the crowd into it on third downs, getting the crowd pumped up and riled up is probably my favorite part. The fourth phase is the best part about playing at Soldier Field.
Check out his interception in the Eagles game, here.