Former NFL safety Chris Harris joined the Chargers in 2016 as assistant secondary coach. By all accounts, his first season was a huge success as the Chargers led the NFL with 18 interceptions as a team, while cornerback Casey Hayward earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career after leading the NFL and setting a career high with seven picks. The Chargers had 11 different players record at least one interception in 2016, most in the NFL and the most in team annals since 2004.
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Harris played collegiately at Louisiana-Monroe (2001-04) where he ranks fourth in school history in career tackles (383) and third in interceptions (14), including a school-record-tying seven in 2004.
An eight-year NFL pro, Harris was a sixth-round pick of the Chicago Bears (181st overall) in 2005. He played four seasons with the Bears over two separate stints from 2005-06 and 2010-11. Harris was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2010 and he was named one of the Bears’ Brian Piccolo Award winners as a rookie in 2005. Besides Chicago, Harris also played for the Carolina Panthers (2007-09), Detroit Lions (2011) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2012), totaling 422 tackles, 16 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and 37 passes defensed. He appeared in 101 career games and made 88 starts. In 2007, Harris racked-up a franchise-record eight forced fumbles for the Panthers.
Harris started seven playoff games during his career, including Super Bowl XLI for the Bears. During that game, he famously intercepted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Harris’ career postseason statistics include 48 tackles, one interception and two forced fumbles.
Harris began his coaching career as a defensive quality control coach for the Bears, working primarily with the team’s safeties. He coached in Chicago from 2013-14.
Harris and his wife, Kenetria, have three sons – Jayce, Jaxon and Jett – and a daughter, Skylar.