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Al Harris retires, says 'I had an awesome time'

Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:12 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 9:24 pm
 
HarrisBy Josh Katzowitz

A day after 37-year-old Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor decided that it was time to retire, 37-year-old Rams cornerback Al Harris will follow suit.

Unlike Taylor, who said he’s unsure of what’s next for him, Harris knows exactly what he wants. He wants to coach football, according to Rapid Reporter Ron Clements.

On Wednesday, though, Harris, currently on season-ending injured reserve, thought back on his 14-year career that included two Pro Bowl appearances and a string of strong years playing in the Packers secondary.

“I had an awesome time,” Harris said. “I thank (Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo) for giving me an opportunity to come and help out. I hope I left a positive impression on everybody.”

He also took the time to defend Spagnuolo, who most likely is on his way out as St. Louis’ coach.

“Coaches can only coach,” he said. “I think Spags has done a great job of getting guys to buy in. That’s the hardest part when you’ve got a relatively young team. … Injuries, you can’t help. … My heart goes out to (Spagnuolo). I know how much work he’s put in.”

While Harris was a dependable player in his heyday, his last three years have ended with trips to the IR list. After he tackled Browns receiver Josh Cribbs on Nov. 13, he tore his ACL -- an ACL he’ll have repaired by surgery next month -- Harris decided it was time to say goodbye to pro football.

And he’s not going to change his mind.

“I’m going to come back to coach. I’ve got my mind made up about that,” he said. “Professionally, I hit every single goal I set out for myself. Now it’s time to turn the page and set a new set of goals.”

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Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Al Harris retires, says 'I had an awesome time'

Dear , Nice catch on the mistake. But wow, is there really a need to be such a critical jerk about it? I wonder how your would fare if someone was to constantly analyze whatever it is you you do every day with such angst. Chill and enjoy the free website. 



Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Copy corrected

Just got back and I see that the story and pic were corrected by CBS. These idiots even had the wrong pic up before. I actually thought they had the correct pic up and just stuck Al Harris' name in there. Al (whatever) actually did retire. Can't believe so many Als retired today that CBS couldn't get it right.



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Al Harris retires, says 'I had an awesome time'

Did Josh just watch "Cast Away"? Wilson materialized out of nowhere, like the volleyball in the movie.
Copy editors? They've all been laid off. At most Web sites they don't exist. It's the brave new world we live in. That means there will be embarrassing errors like the ones in this article.
 



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Al Harris retires, says 'I had an awesome time'

One of the best that played for the Javlienas of Texas A&M-Kingsville, he made Matt Hasselbeck's eat his words in the 2003 NFL Wild Card game by getting a pick-six in OT. I wish him well in his endevors to be a coach.



Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Al Harris retires, says 'I had an awesome time'

Did Harris...or wilson cut his hair?  And who actully retired here? 





Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Al Harris retires, says 'I had an awesome time'

Best of luck to Al Harris (a.k.a Al Wilson LOL!) in his new career.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Al Harris retires, says 'I had an awesome time'

"I agree, Fire the writer and proofreder."

Pot, meet kettle...



Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Al Harris retires, says 'I had an awesome time'

Amateur hour.  Welcome to 'journalism' in the 'twitter age'. 



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Al Harris retires, says 'I had an awesome time'

I agree, Fire the writer and proofreder.  Show some common sense and respect to everyone out there. Ridiculous



Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Fire the editor

Who the hell proofreads at CBS? I'll take the job if there is one. Did Al Wilson retire or Al Harris? They didnt just screw up the headline, you can see quotes from Harris and Wilson in the first 4 paragraphs. Al Harris is the guy with the dreads who used to play for Green Bay and Philly, right?


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