Ryan Harris (American football)

Ryan Harris

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Harris with the Denver Broncos in 2015
No. 68Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-11) March 11, 1985
Place of birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 302 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Games played: 110
Games started: 70
Player stats at NFL.com

Ryan Emerson Wilcox Harris (born March 11, 1985) is an American football offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft and has also played for the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. He played college football at Notre Dame.

Early years

Harris attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota and was a letterman in football and wrestling. In wrestling, he was a two-year letterman and an All-Conference honoree. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with fellow Notre Dame teammates Brady Quinn, John Carlson, Victor Abiamiri and Tom Zbikowski.

College career

Heavily recruited by Notre Dame, Iowa, Miami (FL), and Michigan, Harris committed to play for the Fighting Irish, where he started at offensive tackle for four seasons.

Professional career

Denver Broncos

Harris playing for the Broncos in 2010

Harris was drafted by the Denver Broncos as a 3rd round pick (70th overall) in the 2007 NFL draft.[1] In the 2008 season, Harris only allowed 1.5 sacks on QB Jay Cutler.

In the 2009 season, Harris only started and played in 8 games. He dislocated two toes in a game on November 1, 2009. The injury kept him out the rest of season and was placed on Injured Reserve on December 9.

Philadelphia Eagles

On August 2, 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to a one-year contract. After undergoing back surgery, Harris was waived/injured on September 3, 2011. He was released with an injury settlement as well.

Second Stint with Broncos

On January 2, 2012, Harris was signed by the Broncos as an injury replacement for Chris Kuper.

He was released by the Broncos on August 31, 2012 and signed by the Houston Texans on September 1, 2012 to replace an injured Rashad Butler who was lost for the season to injury.

Houston Texans

The Houston Texans claimed Harris off waivers on September 3, 2012.[2]

He re-signed with the Texans on April 9, 2013.[3]

Kansas City Chiefs

On July 24, 2014, Harris signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.[4][5]

Third Stint with Denver Broncos

Harris signed with the Denver Broncos on May 28, 2015. He was signed to replace injured offensive tackle Ryan Clady who was injured on May 28, 2015 due to an ACL tear sustained during the Broncos' OTA's.[6]

Harris was the starter when the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers 24-10.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Harris signed a two-year, $3.9 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 15, 2016.[7]

Harris played in 39 of the Steelers offensive snaps before it was announced in October 4, 2016 that he was questionable for the Week 5 matchup against the New York Jets. He was ruled out due to a shin/hematoma injury.[8][9] On October 8, 2016, Harris was placed on injured reserve and is ruled out for the rest of the season.[10]


Harris is a devout Muslim.[11] Before finding his faith, he was raised in the church of Unitarian Universalism, at Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul. In the summer before attending Notre Dame, Harris was featured on the MTV show True Life in a documentary entitled "I Want the Perfect Body", back in 2003.


  1. Broncos Address OL in Third Round. BroncoTalk. Retrieved on 2007-07-12
  2. Scurfield, Nick (September 3, 2012). "Texans round out practice squad with G Cody White". HoustonTexans.com. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  3. Alper, Josh (April 9, 2013). "Texans re-sign Ryan Harris". NBCSports.com. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  4. "Deals for Smith, Houston are priorities with Charles signed". St. Joseph News-Press. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  5. Alper, Josh (July 23, 2014). "Ryan Harris announces he's signed with Chiefs". NBCSports.com. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  6. Alper, Josh. "Broncos sign Ryan Harris". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  7. Patra, Kevin (March 15, 2016). "Steelers sign OT Ryan Harris to two-year deal". NFL.com. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  8. http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0576521054453766236-4
  9. http://www.rotowire.com/football/player.htm?id=5390
  10. "Feiler, Shabazz promoted; Golson, Harris to IR". Steelers.com. October 8, 2016.
  11. Muslim Player Thrives With Nourished Spirit NY Times retrieved on 9/12/2010
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