Al Harris spent 8 years with the Packers.
One of toughest players ever to don a Green Bay Packers uniform has called it quits.
Al Harris, the Packers cornerback who beat up receivers for eight years while in Green Bay, was injured in November while playing with the St. Lois Rams against the Cleveland Browns.
The Rams announced today that Harris would be retiring because of the injury. Harris confirmed that announcement when talking to the press.
“That’s just God’s way of telling me it’s time for me to turn the page,” Harris said. “I had an awesome time. I thank God for Spags giving me the opportunity to come out and I hope I left a positive impression on everybody.”
Harris had 12 tackles in nine games for the Rams this season. For his career, Harris played in 194 games and picked off 21 passes.
Harris was named second team All-Pro in 2007 and made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2008 while with the Packers.
He played for Green Bay from 2003-10, but was cut last November after coming off the PUP list.
He came to Green Bay from the Eagles, but also played for the Buccaneers and Dolphins.
In addition to teaming at cornerback with the likes of Mike McKenzie and Charles Woodson, Harris was known for his aggressive style, his ability to jam receivers at the line and play bump and run.
For several years, he was generally assigned to cover the opposing team’s best receiver and had many memorable games.
Probably his worst performance came in the NFC Championship against the Giants in 2007 when he was scorched by Plaxico Burress in the overtime loss.
His most memorable game also came in a playoff game. It was his pick-six off quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the famous “we want the ball and we’re gonna score” game against the Seahawks that cemented him in Packers lore and helped make him one of the most popular players of that era.
With his flowing dreads and his flashing smile, Harris was always a positive influence in the locker room and among the public.
A class act, Harris was thought of so highly among the Packers coaches and administrators that they presented him with a Super Bowl ring last spring.
Another Al Harris may not come along in quite some time. He will be missed but has also left us with many memories.