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Jerrell Harris
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-07-08) July 8, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: Gadsden, Alabama
Career information
College: Alabama
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Atlanta Falcons ( 2012)*
Career highlights and awards
* 2007 High School All-American (Parade, Under Armour)

Jerrell Harris (born July 8, 1989) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He attended the University of Alabama. Harris was an All-American in high school and is considered one of the better outside linebacker prospects of his class.[3]

High school careerEdit

Harris attended Gadsden City High School in Alabama, where he was a teammate of fellow Crimson Tide players Kendall Kelly and Dre Kirkpatrick. As a senior, he registered 145 tackles (97 solo), 16 tackles for loss, three pass break-ups, 20 quarterback pressures, four caused fumbles, three recovered fumbles. Harris also returned one fumble for a touchdown and scored on an interception return. He amassed 130 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks as a junior.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Harris was listed as the No. 3 outside linebacker prospect in the country, behind only Nigel Bradham and Arthur Brown.[4] Harris was also considered to be the best run stopper among all linebackers.[5] He chose Alabama over Auburn, Tennessee and Clemson, among others.

College careerEdit

He played college football at Alabama. As a member of the Crimson Tide, Harris was a member of two national championship teams.

Professional careerEdit

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Harris went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft and was later signed out of free agency by the Atlanta Falcons.[6]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

He was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on September 26, 2012 and released on October 24.

New England PatriotsEdit

He was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad on November 6, 2012, a promotion to the active roster would have reunited him with former Alabama teammate, linebacker Dont'a Hightower. However, Harris was released from the New England Patriots practice squad a week later.

Oakland RaidersEdit

He was signed by the Oakland Raiders to their practice squad on November 28, 2012. He was released by the Oakland Raiders on May 16, 2013.

San Diego ChargersEdit

On August 5, 2013, Harris was signed by the San Diego Chargers.[7]

Montreal AlouettesEdit

Harris signed with the Montreal Alouettes on October 8, 2013.[8]

Denver BroncosEdit

Harris, along with seven other players, were signed to future contracts with the Denver Broncos on January 22, 2014.[9] The Broncos released him on August 24, 2014.[10]

Detroit LionsEdit

Harris, along with five other players, were signed to the practice squad with the Detroit Lions on September 17, 2014.[11] He was released on November 11, 2014.[12] He was re-signed on November 25, 2014. On August 4, 2015, Harris was released by the Lions.[13]

Dallas CowboysEdit

Harris signed a reserve/futures contract with the Dallas Cowboys on January 20, 2016.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Forde, Pat (January 7, 2010). "Saban's trademark plays key Bama's win". http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/bowls09/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=4807215. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  2. Forde, Pat (December 5, 2009). "Gators couldn't solve McElroy". http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=4717584. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  3. NFL Draft - 2012 OLB Draft Prospects, CBSSports.com, http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/TSX/2012_OLB
  4. Outside linebackers 2008, Rivals.com, January 17, 2008, https://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1831
  5. LB Rankings: Best run stopper, Rivals.com, January 31, 2008, https://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1956
  6. "Undrafted free-agent deals for all 32 NFL teams". April 29, 2012. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828bb384/article/undrafted-freeagent-deals-for-all-32-nfl-teams. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  7. Krasovic, Tom (August 5, 2013). "Chargers sign LB Harris". U-T San Diego. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/aug/05/chargers-jerrell-harris-dj-fluker/.
  8. "Alouettes add four to practice roster, Bowling comes out of retirement". MontrealAlouettes.com. http://en.montrealalouettes.com/article/alouettes-add-four-to-practice-roster-bowling-comes-out-of-retirement. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  9. Moree, Brandon. "Broncos Sign Eight to Future Contracts". Denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-Sign-Eight-to-Future-Contracts/fef81a9d-bed5-4111-9c2b-8dc581809500. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  10. Broncos make first round of roster moves
  11. [1]
  12. "Jerrell Harris". kffl.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141204204911/http://www.kffl.com/player/26221/nfl/news/jerrell-harris. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  13. Yuille, Sean (August 4, 2015). "Lions claim Jerel Worthy off waivers, release Jerrell Harris". prideofdetroit.com. http://www.prideofdetroit.com/2015/8/4/9097669/lions-claim-jerel-worthy-off-waivers-release-jerrell-harris. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
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