Al Harris Finally Has a Super Bowl Ring: Mission Accomplished
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Well, technically Al doesn't have a ring yet. But he has one coming with his name on it, and he deserves it more than anyone.
The news was released during the Packers tailgate tour, by team president Mark Murphy, that former Packers corner Al Harris will indeed receive a Super Bowl ring. The rings are to be delivered mid-June, Murphy said.
The 36-year-old corner spent the first nine weeks of the season on the Packers PUP list with a torn ACL, but with the emergence of rookie UDFA corner Sam Shields, the Packers released Harris after his nine weeks on the PUP were up.
Harris expressed his disappointment, but reassured everyone that green and gold ran through his veins. He bought a full page ad, intent on thanking Packer fans for the great times in Green Bay, and then promptly left town.
Harris had interest from both the Vikings and Lions, but decided to sign with the Miami Dolphins instead. A classy move by a classy guy. Certain other former Packers, who shall not be named, should be taking notes.
Not so long ago, the Packers traded a second-round draft selection to the Philadelphia Eagles for the rights to Harris, who had just signed a five-year extension.
Harris went on to have an illustrious seven-year (eight, if you count the nine games spent on PUP in '10) career with the Green Bay Packers.
Harris has never been a ball-hawking corner like Charles Woodson or Tramon Williams, but he was always effective in Green Bay because of his ability to bump, press and jam the opposing wideout.
His physicality and emotional demeanor made him a fan favorite from the beginning on the Frozen Tundra, and for good reason.
Al Harris had many shining moments in Green Bay, but I don't think any surpass the play in overtime of the 2003 playoffs wildcard round.
The Green Bay Packers battled for four quarters with former head coach Mike Holmgren and former Brett Favre protege Matt Hasselbeck. The game was tied at 27 at the end of regulation.
During the coin flip of overtime, Matt Hasselbeck emphatically claimed, "We want the ball, and we are gonna score."
Well...Matt wasn't the only player on the field that day who wanted the ball, nor was he the only player who wanted to score.
Within five minutes of overtime, Al Harris returned a Hasselbeck interception 52 yards to paydirt. The Packers won the game, 33-27.
Many NFL players come into the league with one goal in mind: Win a Super Bowl and get that ring to flaunt your team's success. After a long and wildly successful NFL career, Al Harris finally has his ring on the way.
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