David Harris (American football)
Harris in 2011
|No. 52 New York Jets|
|Birth name:||David Charles Harris|
|Date of birth:||January 21, 1984|
|Place of birth:||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Grand Rapids (MI) Ottawa Hills|
|NFL Draft:||2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2016|
David Charles Harris (born January 21, 1984) is an American football linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Michigan. Harris was selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Jets.
High school career
Harris attended Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he excelled at football. At linebacker, he set a school record with 158 tackles as a junior, and earned all-state honors from the Detroit Free Press as a senior, and he also contributed as a fullback.
Harris also participated in track and field, and this combination of size and speed led him to become one of the states top prospects.
Harris received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Michigan, where he played for the Michigan Wolverines football team. However, he was forced to redshirt as a freshman due to a knee injury which nearly derailed his career. It took nearly two years for Harris to fully recover, and he only played sparingly as a redshirt freshman and sophomore.
Not until his junior year did Harris become a full-time starter. He began to show signs of a future in the NFL when he led the Wolverines in 2005 with 88 tackles, and 103 tackles as a senior. In 2006, he earned All-Big Ten Conference honors, was Wolverines co-MVP with Mike Hart, and was a second team All-America selection by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, and Rivals.com.
- 2006 Dick Butkus Award semifinalist
- 2006 All-Big Ten Conference First Team (coaches) and Second Team (media)
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2 in||243 lb||4.59 s||1.53 s||2.59 s||4.29 s||7.25 s||33 in||8 ft 11 in||23 reps|
|All values from the NFL Combine.|
2007 NFL Draft
Harris was projected to go anywhere from the late-second round to the fourth round prior to the 2007 NFL Draft. However, he impressed scouts when he ran a 4.59 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. He drew interest from the New York Jets, due partially to new linebackers coach Jim Herrmann who had previously been defensive coordinator for Harris' Michigan Wolverines.
Harris was drafted in the 2nd round (47th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. The Jets sent their 2nd, 3rd, and 6th picks that year to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for the Packers 2nd rounder to select Harris.
New York Jets (2007-present)
2007: Rookie year
On Sunday, October 28, 2007, Harris recorded his first NFL start, making 17 tackles (10 solo) and 1 sack in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills. Harris started in place of injured LB Jonathan Vilma who was placed on injured reserve after a knee injury. Harris made 24 tackles (20 solo) the following week against the Washington Redskins. In 2007, Harris was named NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month for November 2007.
For the 2007 NFL season, Harris had 127 tackles, 5 sacks, and two forced fumbles despite only starting 9 games, and earned various all-rookie honors.
In late February, the Jets traded MLB Jonathan Vilma to the New Orleans Saints, and Harris was named the starter at Inside linebacker for the 2008 season. Although an injury shortened season limited Harris to just 11 games, he still posted 87 tackles and 1 sack.
Against the Houston Texans in the first week of the season, Harris finished with 11 tackles (six solo), one sack, and a deflected pass as the defense pitched a shutout. Harris also won AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his play. In week three, as his team was only up seven points, he intercepted a Kerry Collins pass, and then followed that drive by sacking him on first down during the Tennessee Titans next series. Harris himself had 12 tackles, (ten solo). During the Jets' week six game against the Buffalo Bills, Harris recorded 17 tackles. In week 11 against division rivals, Harris recorded 13 tackles (ten solo) as he earned defensive play caller for the Jets that week.
Harris finished his season as the leading tackler on football's number one defense with 127 tackles. He also chipped in with five and a half sacks and two interceptions. In addition, he made second team all-pro.
The Jets finished the season with a 9-7 record, barely clinching a wild card spot. The team made it to the AFC Championship for the first time since 1998 until losing to the Indianapolis Colts.
On January 16, 2011, Harris recorded his first career postseason interception in which he returned it for 58 yards against the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round. Jets won 28-21 to advance to their second straight AFC Championship game. It was Tom Brady's first Interception in 11 games (340 pass attempts without an interception). The Jets finished the season 11-5, clinching another wild card spot, and made it to the AFC Championship for the 2nd year in a row, but lost 19-24 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Harris recorded 86 tackles, 5 sacks along with 4 interceptions in the 2011 season. On November 9, 2011, Harris was named AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Buffalo Bills.
Harris recorded 123 combined tackles, 3 sacks, 3 passes defended and one forced fumble.
Harris finished the season with 124 combined tackles, 2 sacks, one passes defended and one forced fumble.
Harris finished the season with 123 combined tackles along with five and half sacks and two forced fumbles.
On March 6, 2015, the Jets re-signed Harris to a three-year, $21.5 million contract with $15 million guaranteed. In 16 starts, he made 108 tackles with 4.5 sacks, 4 passes defended, and 2 forced fumbles.
Career awards and Highlights
- Second-team All-Pro (2009)
- 2× AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 1, 2009, Week 9, 2011)
- NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (November 2007)
- Ed Block Courage Award (2009)
- PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team (2007)
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He currently resides in Parsippany, New Jersey. He is nicknamed The Hitman by New York Jets fans and media for his dominant play and hard-hitting tackles.
- Rank, Adam. "Jets LB Harris Makes the Most Out of His Opportunity". NFL.com. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- "2007 ILB Draft Prospects", CBSSports.com, CBS Sports, 2007, archived from the original on November 6, 2010, retrieved November 6, 2010
- "LB David Harris the AFC Defensive Player of the Week". jetsgab.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
- Patra, Kevin (March 7, 2015). "Jets re-sign David Harris to 3-year, $21.5 million deal". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-03-08.
- "David Harris Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
- Hitman Harris: “We executed our plan”.
- "Jets' David Harris shuns spotlight but still racks up tackles as reluctant yet consistent star". foxnews.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.