Coach Bio

Al Harris
Secondary/Cornerbacks

Biography

Al Harris returns for his fourth season with the Chiefs and his first as secondary/cornerbacks coach in 2016 after spending his first three seasons as defensive assistant/secondary coach. Harris started his coaching career after a 15-year NFL playing career that saw him reach two Pro Bowls and earn an All-Pro selection.

In Harris’ third season with the Chiefs, the defense proved to be one of the best in the league. The club forced 29 opponent turnovers on defense and special teams. The Chiefs defense ranked first in the AFC in interceptions in 2015 and second in the league with 22 interceptions for four touchdowns. Under Harris' guidance, DB Ron Parker recorded 7.0 sacks in his career, which rank first in Chiefs history among defensive backs, with five of his sacks being from the 2015 season. Additionally, CB Marcus Peters set the franchise record for passes defensed in a single season with 26.

Under Harris’ guidance in 2015, five defensive players were selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl, including S Eric Berry, LB Tamba Hali, LB Justin Houston, LB Derrick Johnson and CB Marcus Peters. The club’s defense racked up six defensive touchdowns, third most in team history, and tied for fifth in the NFL in fewest points allowed per game with 19.1, a total of 305.

In 2012, Harris served as a coaching intern with the Miami Dolphins under Head Coach Joe Philbin.

Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, Harris went on to play in 194 games (128 starts) in a 15-year NFL playing career. He recorded 469 tackles (423 solo), 4.0 sacks (-22.0 yards), 21 interceptions returned for 407 yards with three returned for touchdowns, 148 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He appeared in 12 postseason games with four playoff starts, recording 31 tackles (29 solo), one interception returned for a 52-yard touchdown, 11 passes defensed and one forced fumble.

After spending his entire rookie campaign (1997) on Tampa Bay’s practice squad, he was waived and claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles for the 1998 season. He was a spot contributor in the defensive backfield appearing as the club’s nickel cornerback for five seasons (1998-2002). Starting with the 1999 season, he played for Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid, who held the same position with the Eagles.

With the Eagles, Harris was a part of two NFC East division championship teams in 2001-02 as the team went on to compete in back-to-back NFC Championship games.

Following the 2002 season with Philadelphia, Harris was acquired by the Green Bay Packers. He spent seven seasons with the Packers (2003-09) where Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey served as the club’s Director of College Scouting at the time.

With the Packers, Harris started all 102 regular season games in seven seasons with the team, including playing in five postseason games (four starts). He earned trips to the Pro Bowl following the 2007-08 seasons.

He finished his career playing three games with the Miami Dolphins in 2010 and appearing in nine games (five starts) with the St. Louis Rams in 2011.

Harris spent two seasons (1993-94) at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, where he was a member of the 1994 national championship team. He transferred to Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he was a two-year starter and letterman (1995-96) and was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference pick as a senior.

Education: ­Texas A&M-Kingsville (B.A. 1997). Born: Pompano Beach, Fla. Family: Wife - Shyla; Children - Al Jr., Gavin and Gage.

Al Harris returns for his fourth season with the Chiefs and his first as secondary/cornerbacks coach in 2016 after spending his first three seasons as defensive assistant/secondary coach. Harris started his coaching career after a 15-year NFL playing career that saw him reach two Pro Bowls and earn an All-Pro selection.

In Harris’ third season with the Chiefs, the defense proved to be one of the best in the league. The club forced 29 opponent turnovers on defense and special teams. The Chiefs defense ranked first in the AFC in interceptions in 2015 and second in the league with 22 interceptions for four touchdowns. Under Harris' guidance, DB Ron Parker recorded 7.0 sacks in his career, which rank first in Chiefs history among defensive backs, with five of his sacks being from the 2015 season. Additionally, CB Marcus Peters set the franchise record for passes defensed in a single season with 26.

Under Harris’ guidance in 2015, five defensive players were selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl, including S Eric Berry, LB Tamba Hali, LB Justin Houston, LB Derrick Johnson and CB Marcus Peters. The club’s defense racked up six defensive touchdowns, third most in team history, and tied for fifth in the NFL in fewest points allowed per game with 19.1, a total of 305.

In 2012, Harris served as a coaching intern with the Miami Dolphins under Head Coach Joe Philbin.

Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, Harris went on to play in 194 games (128 starts) in a 15-year NFL playing career. He recorded 469 tackles (423 solo), 4.0 sacks (-22.0 yards), 21 interceptions returned for 407 yards with three returned for touchdowns, 148 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He appeared in 12 postseason games with four playoff starts, recording 31 tackles (29 solo), one interception returned for a 52-yard touchdown, 11 passes defensed and one forced fumble.

After spending his entire rookie campaign (1997) on Tampa Bay’s practice squad, he was waived and claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles for the 1998 season. He was a spot contributor in the defensive backfield appearing as the club’s nickel cornerback for five seasons (1998-2002). Starting with the 1999 season, he played for Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid, who held the same position with the Eagles.

With the Eagles, Harris was a part of two NFC East division championship teams in 2001-02 as the team went on to compete in back-to-back NFC Championship games.

Following the 2002 season with Philadelphia, Harris was acquired by the Green Bay Packers. He spent seven seasons with the Packers (2003-09) where Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey served as the club’s Director of College Scouting at the time.

With the Packers, Harris started all 102 regular season games in seven seasons with the team, including playing in five postseason games (four starts). He earned trips to the Pro Bowl following the 2007-08 seasons.

He finished his career playing three games with the Miami Dolphins in 2010 and appearing in nine games (five starts) with the St. Louis Rams in 2011.

Harris spent two seasons (1993-94) at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, where he was a member of the 1994 national championship team. He transferred to Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he was a two-year starter and letterman (1995-96) and was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference pick as a senior.

Education: ­Texas A&M-Kingsville (B.A. 1997). Born: Pompano Beach, Fla. Family: Wife - Shyla; Children - Al Jr., Gavin and Gage.