Al Harris (defensive lineman)

For the defensive back of the same name, see Al Harris (cornerback).
Al Harris
No. 90
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-12-31) December 31, 1956
Career information
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 20.5
Interceptions: 4
Player stats at
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

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

College career

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

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

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]


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