Harris will retire as a Packer after several years away

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Al Harris will officially retire as a member of the Green Bay Packers.

Harris, who played cornerback in Green Bay from 2003-09 and spent 14 total years in the NFL, chose to retire with the Packers rather than with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he began his career and played five seasons. Harris also played one season with the Miami Dolphins (2010) and one season with the St. Louis Rams (2011).

Green Bay acquired Harris in a trade in March 2003. During the next seven seasons, he started 102 games and was named to two Pro Bowls (2007, 2008). Harris intercepted 14 passes while wearing a Packers uniform and also set the franchise record for passes defensed in a single season (28) in 2004. His Green Bay career ended with a serious knee injury in November 2009 that led to his eventual release in November 2010. He returned to practice in October 2010 but never made it into another game with the Packers.

He will be best remembered in Green Bay for his 2004 playoff interception of Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck after Hasselbeck declared following the coin toss that, “We want the ball, and we’re going to score.”

Harris returned the interception 52 yards for a game-winning touchdown.

Earlier this offseason, Harris joined the coaching staff of the Kansas City Chiefs where he is the assistant defensive backs coach.

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