Erik Harris has been through a long and winding road to the NFL, but now that he has done it, he is taking full advantage.
The security of Oakland Raiders – who started his football career as a walk-on in Division II – blocked two interceptions, one of which he took home, in the victory of his team for 26-24 against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night .
—NFL (@NFL) 8 November 2019
The 29-year-old has shone safely for the Vulcans of the California University of Pennsylvania, but was not selected in the 2012 NFL Draft after graduation, nor was he invited to a single professional minicamp. He moved to New Oxford, Pennsylvania, and began working at the local Utz potato chips factory.
But Harris refused to give up his footballing goals and decided to go back to school to train while working part-time with UPS during the night shift. Shortly thereafter, he went to Buffalo, New York, and paid $ 80 to train for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Evidently, the test went well. Harris has recorded three interceptions, four bags and 82 contrasts in his three years with the franchise – enough to be noticed by the Saints in New Orleans.
Sean Payton and the company brought Harris to the Big Easy in February 2016. A day later, he signed an agreement to live his dreams about the NFL. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder played mainly in special teams during his time in Louisiana, but after seeing the time in only four games, he tore up his ACL and was later released by the team.
The Raiders signed it four days later, but also his career in Oakland in the beginning was relatively slow. He made only four defensive shots during the entire 2017 season, but found the next step. He recorded 36 contrasts and two interceptions in the 16 games in which he played.
And so far in 2019, it has played even better. He has accumulated 38 total tackles, three interceptions and two touchdowns in nine games.