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David Harris
No. 52     New York Jets
Inside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: January 21, 1984 (1984-01-21) (age 25)
Place of birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Debuted in 2007 for the New York Jets
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles     319
Sacks     11.5
Interceptions     2
Stats at

David Charles Harris (born January 21, 1984 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American football linebacker for the New York Jets. Harris prepped at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids and played for the Michigan Wolverines during his college career.


High school

Harris attended Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he excelled at football. At linebacker, he set a school record with 158 tackles as a junior, and earned all-state honors from the Detroit Free Press as a senior, and he also contributed as a fullback.

Harris also participated in track and field, and this combination of size and speed led him to become one of the states top prospects.[1]

College career

Harris earned a scholarship with the University of Michigan Wolverines after his impressive high school career. However, he was forced to redshirt as a freshman due to a knee injury which nearly derailed his career. It would take nearly two years for Harris to fully recover, and only played sparingly as a redshirt freshman and sophomore.

It wouldn't be until his junior year that Harris finally became a full-time starter. He began to show signs of a future in the National Football League when he led the Wolverines in 2005 with 88 tackles, and 103 tackles as a senior. In 2006, he earned All-Big Ten honors, was Wolverines co-MVP with Mike Hart, and was a second team All-America selection by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, and[1]


National awards

Conference honors

  • 2006 All-Big Ten Conference First Team (coaches) and Second Team (media)

Team awards


Professional career

2007 NFL Draft

Harris was projected to go anywhere from the late-second round to the fourth round prior to the 2007 NFL Draft. However, he impressed scouts when he ran a 4.59 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. He drew interest from the New York Jets, due partially to new linebackers coach Jim Herrmann who had previously been defensive coordinator for Harris' Michigan Wolverines.

Harris was drafted in the 2nd round (47th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. The Jets sent their 2nd, 3rd, and 6th picks that year to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for the Packers 2nd rounder to select Harris.[1]

2007 season

On Sunday, October 28, 2007, Harris recorded his first NFL start, making 17 tackles (10 solo) and 1 sack in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills. Harris started in place of injured LB Jonathan Vilma who was placed on injured reserve after a knee injury. Harris made 24 tackles (20 solo) the following week against the Washington Redskins.

For the 2007 NFL season, Harris had 127 tackles, 5 sacks, and two forced fumbles despite only starting 9 games, and earned various all-rookie honors.[1]

2008 season

In late February, the Jets traded MLB Jonathan Vilma to the New Orleans Saints, and Harris was named the starter at Inside linebacker for the 2008 season.

2009 season

With the addition of new faces to the Jets defense, and the "Organized Chaos" Coach Rex Ryan brought in, Harris was expected to fair very well. He and Bart Scott were considered the Odd Couple of the NFL, with Scott being loud and obnoxious, and Harris being reserved and calm. Against the Houston Texans in the first week of the season, Harris finished with 11 tackles (6 solo), a sack, and a deflected pass as the defense allowed zero points.[2] He also won AFC Defensive Player of the Week. In week 3, as the Jets led by only a touchdown, he intercepted a Kerry Collins pass and on the next drive sacked him. Both plays took the Titans out of scoring position. The next week, the Jets took on the unbeaten New Orleans Saints. The Jets' defense allowed only 10 points to the NFL's top rated offense and kept Drew Brees under 200 passing yards with zero touchdowns. Harris himself had 12 tackles (10 solo). During the Jets' week 6 game against the Buffalo Bills, Harris recorded 17 tackles.


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