A former DII walk-on who went undrafted in the NFL and worked at a potato chip factory snagged 2 interceptions and became the Raiders’ star in their ‘Thursday Night Football’ win
Oakland Raiders safety Erik Harris snagged two interceptions, one of which he took to the house, in his team’s 26-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday night.
Harris’ big night was all the more impressive given his meandering path to the NFL.
The 29-year-old began his football career as a Division-II walk-on before going undrafted in the NFL and working at a potato chip factory in his hometown.
He paid $80 for a CFL tryout that turned into a three-year stint with the Hampton Tiger-Cats before signing with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints in 2016.
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Erik Harris traversed a long and winding road to the NFL, but now that he’s made it, he’s taking full advantage.
The Oakland Raiders safety — who began his football career as a Division-II walk-on — snagged two interceptions, one of which he took to the house, in his team’s 26-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday night.
TO THE HOUSE.
His second INT of the game! #RaiderNation @e_harris_31
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— NFL (@NFL) November 8, 2019
The 29-year-old shined at safety for the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans, but he was not selected in the 2012 NFL Draft after his graduation, nor was he invited to a single professional minicamp. He moved home to New Oxford, Pennsylvania, and began work at the local Utz potato chip factory.
But Harris refused to give up on his football goals and decided to go back to school to train while working a part-time job at UPS during the night shift. Soon after, he drove to Buffalo, New York, and paid $80 to work out for the Hampton Tiger-Cats of …read more
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