Al Harris may no longer be a member of the Green Bay Packers, but will forever live on in the hearts of fans all over. The 35 year old defensive back was released a day after the Packers crushed the Dallas Cowboys in a Sunday night showdown in Lambeau Field.
On Wednesday, the defensive guru signed with Miami Dolphins saying “I’ve always wanted to play for the Dolphins,” Harris said. “I grew up watching the Dolphins. I’m ecstatic they wanted me. It was a no-brainer.” as told to the Associated Press.
Harris who has spent the majority of the past two seasons on the injured reserve and physically unable to perform list said he felt blindsided by the entire decision. It is easy to see why the roster move was made a day after an impressive defensive performance from young starters Sam Shields and Tramon Williams.
But it is also indicative of the way Ted Thompson has ran this organization during his tenure, slowly building a nucleus of young talent. Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy both believe in looking at things in long term aspects and not simply applying roster band aids to fill holes.
The second longest tenured Packer was the latest victim to fall to father time in northern Wisconsin. Many fans will never forget the infamous playoff game in Seattle when a young Matt Hasslebeck proclaimed at the overtime coin toss “We want the ball and we’re gonna score”. Subsequently, the following play, Al Harris fades to the side line for a game winning interception return for a touchdown, emphatically pointing in the face of the defeated QB.
A smart defensive captain will likely provide substantial secondary to the Dolphins as they look to rebound from a lackluster first half of the season. Dolphins head coach Tony Sparrano told the Associated Press “This guy can help us in a lot of ways. What he does on the field, and what he does certainly in the classroom and off the field,” Sparano said.
“He’s a quality, quality individual, never mind the kind of player he’s been in this league.” Harris who resides in near by Pompano Beach, Florida, gets a chance to play for his hometown team.