Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Erik Harris is making a habit out of stealing quarterbacks passes and taking them back for touchdowns.
Erik Harris has two INTs tonight including this pick six. His story is wild:
🔸 D2 walk-on
🔸 Undrafted in 2012
🔸 No rookie minicamp invites
🔸 Worked at a potato chip factory, UPS
🔸 Drove 3 hours to Buffalo for a CFL tryout
🔸 Played 3 seasons in the CFL from 2013-2015 pic.twitter.com/g1nO0P7eYY
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 8, 2019
Harris intercepted Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and returned the ball 56 yards for a touchdown during his team’s 26-24 victory on Thursday night football. It Harris’ second pick-six of the 2019 NFL season.
Harris intercepted Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett and took it back to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown in Week 4. Oakland improved to 2-2 thanks to Harris’ thievery and overall are 5-4 on the season.
He earned his NFL opportunity by providing Hamilton with all-star calibre play for three seasons 2013-2015. While in the Hammer, Harris played 45 games making 79 tackles another 27 on special teams and three interceptions as a standout strong-side linebacker.
The 29-year-old from Los Angeles, California originally signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2016 seeing action in four games prior to tearing his ACL which Harris recovered from in time for training camp in 2017.
The Raiders signed Harris quickly after the Saints let him go in September. Both the 2016 and 2017 seasons Harris was mainly a special teams player. 2018 was Harris’ best NFL year yet making 49 tackles, defending seven passes and intercepting two balls in 16 games at safety.
During the off-season, the Raiders signed Harris to a two-year contract extension through the 2020 season. Harris could have been a restricted free agent, but he received $2.5 million dollars on a new deal that could pay a total of $6.5 million.
Harris used the chance provided by the Ticats and some help by former teammate, defensive back Delvin Breaux and parlayed it into an NFL career. Twice now Harris has made trips to the end zone.