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Chris Harris Jr.
CB #25
Height:
5-10
Weight:
199
Age:
26
College:
Kansas
Hometown:
Bixby, Okla.
Experience:
4
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 252 221 31 3.5 0 49 10 212 -- 98 2 1 3
2014 DEN 16 16 54 50 4 1.0 -- 17 3 52 17.3 38 0 1 1
2013 DEN 16 15 65 58 7 0.0 -- 14 3 1 0.3 1 0 0 --
2012 DEN 15 12 61 51 10 2.5 0 12 3 144 48 98 2 0 1
2011 DEN 16 4 72 62 10 0.0 -- 6 1 15 15 15 0 0 1

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Bio

• A fifth-year cornerback who played 63 regular-season games (47 starts) in his first four NFL campaigns with Denver, totaling 10 interceptions (212 yds.) and 46 passes defensed during that span.

• Earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2014 to become just the sixth undrafted cornerback in NFL history to accomplish that feat with his original team.

• Voted by his teammates as the recipient of the 2014 Ed Block Courage Award after coming back from a torn ACL in 2013 to start every game and ranking first in opponent quarterback rating (47.8) when targeted, according to Pro Football Focus.

• Posted his third consecutive season with at least three interceptions in 2014, becoming one of just five NFL players to reach that mark in every year since 2012.

• Recognized as the recipient of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award in 2013 given annually to the Bronco who best exemplifies Williams’ enthusiasm, cooperation and honesty while dealing with members of the press.

• Emerged as a regular starter for the Broncos in 2012, opening the final 12 games of the regular season and allowing the fifth-fewest receiving yards (400) and tying for the eighth-fewest completions allowed (35) in the NFL among players targeted at least 60 times.

• Represented one of just two defensive backs in the league in 2012 to record multiple interceptions (3) and sacks (2.5), while returning two of his picks for touchdowns to tie the franchise single-season record.

• Recorded the longest interception return for a touchdown in Broncos history with his 98-yard pick-six at Baltimore (12/16/12).

• Posted his first career multiple-interception game and his first career touchdown on a 46-yard interception return to seal Denver’s win at San Diego (10/15/12).

• Played all 16 regular-season games (4 starts) and two playoff contests (1 start) as a rookie in 2011 after becoming the 13th college free agent since 1997 to make Denver’s active roster out of training camp.

• Named to the 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team by the PFW/PFWA and Football Outsiders after ranking first among NFL rookie defensive backs (fourth on the Broncos) with 65 tackles (56 solo) to go along with one interception (15 yds.), six passes defensed and six special-teams stops.

• Played 50 games (41 starts) for the University of Kansas and finished his career ranked third among defensive backs with 290 tackles (197 solo) in addition to four sacks (21 yds.) and three interceptions (11 yds.).

• Saw time at safety and cornerback as a senior captain for the Jayhawks, earning KU Defensive Back of the Year honors.

• Entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on July 27, 2011.


• A fifth-year cornerback who played 63 regular-season games (47 starts) in his first four NFL campaigns with Denver, totaling 10 interceptions (212 yds.) and 46 passes defensed during that span.

• Earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2014 to become just the sixth undrafted cornerback in NFL history to accomplish that feat with his original team.

• Voted by his teammates as the recipient of the 2014 Ed Block Courage Award after coming back from a torn ACL in 2013 to start every game and ranking first in opponent quarterback rating (47.8) when targeted, according to Pro Football Focus.

• Posted his third consecutive season with at least three interceptions in 2014, becoming one of just five NFL players to reach that mark in every year since 2012.

• Recognized as the recipient of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award in 2013 given annually to the Bronco who best exemplifies Williams’ enthusiasm, cooperation and honesty while dealing with members of the press.

• Emerged as a regular starter for the Broncos in 2012, opening the final 12 games of the regular season and allowing the fifth-fewest receiving yards (400) and tying for the eighth-fewest completions allowed (35) in the NFL among players targeted at least 60 times.

• Represented one of just two defensive backs in the league in 2012 to record multiple interceptions (3) and sacks (2.5), while returning two of his picks for touchdowns to tie the franchise single-season record.

• Recorded the longest interception return for a touchdown in Broncos history with his 98-yard pick-six at Baltimore (12/16/12).

• Posted his first career multiple-interception game and his first career touchdown on a 46-yard interception return to seal Denver’s win at San Diego (10/15/12).

• Played all 16 regular-season games (4 starts) and two playoff contests (1 start) as a rookie in 2011 after becoming the 13th college free agent since 1997 to make Denver’s active roster out of training camp.

• Named to the 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team by the PFW/PFWA and Football Outsiders after ranking first among NFL rookie defensive backs (fourth on the Broncos) with 65 tackles (56 solo) to go along with one interception (15 yds.), six passes defensed and six special-teams stops.

• Played 50 games (41 starts) for the University of Kansas and finished his career ranked third among defensive backs with 290 tackles (197 solo) in addition to four sacks (21 yds.) and three interceptions (11 yds.).

• Saw time at safety and cornerback as a senior captain for the Jayhawks, earning KU Defensive Back of the Year honors.

• Entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on July 27, 2011.


CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by Denver as a college free agent 7/27/11.

2014: Harris Jr. started all 16 regular-season games for the first time in his career, earning his first Pro Bowl selection just months after having ACL surgery... Became just the sixth undrafted cornerback in pro football history to make a Pro Bowl with his original team... Selected as the Broncos’ 2014 Ed Block Courage Award winner for his commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage... Totaled 55 tackles (51 solo), three interceptions (52 yds.), a team-high 17 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery... Ranked first among all cornerbacks for opponent quarterback rating (47.8) and did not allow a single touchdown according to Pro Football Focus.... Posted a career-high four passes defensed vs. Ari. (10/5)... Recorded his first career fumble recovery at Oak. (11/9) and his first career forced fumble vs. Mia. (11/23).

2013: Harris Jr. played all 16 regular-season games (15 starts) and matched his career high with 65 tackles to rank second among Broncos defensive backs... Tied for the team lead with three interceptions and set a new career mark with 14 pass breakups... Saw action in one playoff game for the Broncos before a season-ending knee injury... Became the first Bronco since Champ Bailey in 2009 to record interceptions in back-to-back games when he picked off a pass from Eli Manning in the fourth quarter at NYG (9/15)... Led the team with a career-best 11 tackles vs. Jac. (10/13)... Tied for the team lead with six tackles and added a career-best three pass breakups at K.C. (12/1)... Suffered a torn ACL in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. S.D. (1/12) and was placed on injured reserve on Jan. 14.

2012: Harris Jr. played 15 games (12 starts) in the regular season and tied for the team lead with three interceptions—two of them returned for touchdowns—and nine passes defensed... Added 61 tackles (51 solo) and 2.5 sacks (17.5 yds.) as one of just two defensive backs in the NFL to post multiple interceptions and sacks... Ranked fifth in the NFL in receiving yards allowed (400) and tied for the eighth-fewest completions (35) allowed among players with at least 60 defensive targets... Finished fifth in the league with his 144 interception return yards to represent the fourth-highest single-season total in franchise history... Missed Denver’s Week 2 contest at Atl. (9/17) with an ankle injury... Recorded his first career multiple-interception game and his first career touchdown on a 46-yard interception return to cap Denver’s 24-point comeback at S.D. (10/15)... Sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and led the Broncos with seven tackles while seeing time at outside cornerback, nickel corner, and safety at Car. (11/11)... Intercepted Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and returned it a franchise-record 98 yards for a touchdown at Bal. (12/16)... Tied a franchise postseason record with four pass breakups in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Bal. (1/12).

2011: Harris Jr., who entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on July 27, played all 16 regular- season games (4 starts) as a rookie and finished fifth on the club (first among NFL rookie defensive backs) with 65 tackles (56 solo) to go along with one interception (15 yds.) and six passes defensed... Ranked fifth on the Broncos with six special-teams stops... Played in both of Denver’s postseason contests, including a start in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at N.E. (1/14), and tied for third on the team with 13 tackles (7 solo)... Named to the 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team by the PFW/PFWA and Football Outsiders.

COLLEGE: Harris Jr. finished his career at the University of Kansas ranked third among defensive backs with 290 tackles (197 solo) and added four sacks (21 yds.) and three interceptions (11 yds.) for the Jayhawks... Played 50 career games (41 starts), seeing time at cornerback and safety... Named KU Defensive Back of the Year as a senior and was selected as the co-recipient of Kansas’ Don Fambrough Award for unselfishness following his junior campaign... Opened 10 games as a true freshman for Kansas in 2007 and was tabbed as the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year in addition to receiving honorable mention Freshman All-America recognition.

PERSONAL: Harris Jr. attended Bixby (Okla.) High School, where he was an all-state defensive back and was named district player of the year as a senior in 2006... Lettered in basketball and track and was a member of the academic state champion teams during his final two prep seasons... Majored in social psychology at Kansas... Started the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation to support “underdogs”—individuals, particularly children, who are at a disadvantage because of circumstances beyond their control... Holds a free Underdog Football Skills Academy in Denver as well as his hometown of Tulsa, Okla.... Selected as the Broncos’ 2014 Ed Block Courage Award winner for his commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage... Received the Henry B. Iba Citizen Athlete Award from the Rotary Club of Tulsa, Olka., in 2015... Named the 2013 winner of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award, an award given for accountability and accessibility in the day-to-day workings of the season presented by the Denver chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America... Chris Harris Jr. was born on June 18, 1989, in Bixby, Okla.

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