Know a Bear Better : Tommie Harris

Some facts you know about the Bears Pro Bowler

By Maggie Hendricks
|  Thursday, Sep 2, 2010  |  Updated 12:54 PM CDT
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Tommie Harris signs autographs after a training camp practice.

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At Saturday's pre-season opener in San Diego, Tommie Harris will start his seventh season for the Chicago Bears, but how well do you know tempestuous tackle? Here are some things you may have heard.
 

  • As a college football player for Oklahoma, he was named to the Playboy All-American team, but didn't appear in the magazine. He was bothered by the way women were portrayed by the publication, and said his mother and four sisters wouldn't appreciate it.

 

  • Last season, he battled injuries and statistically, had his worst year. He had only 2.5 sacks, 19 tackles and 5 assists. His best season? 2007, with 8 sacks, 31 tackles and 5 assists.
  • Before the Redskins signed Albert Haynesworth to an insane contract, Harris was the highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL.
  • Injuries have been the biggest downfall of his career, but this pre-season, he has been a full participant in camp and organized team activities.
  • Bears fans had good reason to be excited about Harris after his first season. He was the first Bear defender since Mike Brown to start every game, and he notched 3.5 sacks.
  • While at Oklahoma, Harris became the third Sooner to win the Lombardi Award, for the best lineman or linebacker in the league.
  • Via Twitter, Harris reported that he has fallen prey to the same menace that so many Chicagoans have experienced: the Denver boot.
  • A preacher's son, Harris takes part in team Bible studies. He once said that since the Bears play on Sundays, he makes Wednesdays his church day.


If you're headed to Bourbonnais, keep an eye out for Harris during the post-practice autograph sessions. He is known to be incredibly fan-friendly, giving away shoes and gloves to kids waiting for autographs.

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