On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014

    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.

    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

  • Sat., Aug. 09, 2014 7:00PM - 10:00PM CDT Packers at Tennessee Titans Packers at Tennessee Titans
  • Sat., Aug. 16, 2014 3:00PM - 6:00PM CDT Packers at St. Louis Rams Packers at St. Louis Rams



Al Harris retires to hearts of Packers fans everywhere

Posted May 2, 2013

He emptied his tank in Green Bay with memorable moment

CB Al Harris had 14 of his 21 career regular-season interceptions as a member of the Packers.

GREEN BAY—Al Harris played the cornerback position one way – all out and in your face.

A classic man-to-man, press-coverage corner, Harris confesses he might have had more than 21 career interceptions – plus one momentous postseason pick – had he approached his craft a different way.

But jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage is how he got his career off the ground in Philadelphia, playing for coordinators Emmitt Thomas and the late Jim Johnson, and it became his calling card in a 13-year career.

“I wasn’t allowed to play off,” Harris said in a conference call with Wisconsin media on Thursday, announcing that he was officially retiring as a member of the Packers. “When a guy was in front of me, I pressed him.

“It kind of caught legs. People saw that’s what I was good at. It’s hard to find guys that can press consistently. You may get a guy that can do it half a game, but to do it the whole game, year in and year out, it’s hard to find those type of guys.”

That skill set interested the Packers, who traded for Harris in 2003 after four seasons with the Eagles. Harris spent the next seven years in Green Bay before concluding his career with two injury-filled seasons in Miami and St. Louis in 2010-11.

Harris’ career reached its peak in Green Bay with back-to-back Pro Bowl selections in 2007-08, completing a long climb that began on Tampa Bay’s practice squad in 1997. That rise to prominence in Green Bay made it important to Harris to retire as a Packer, even though his time here ended in difficulty, with a 2009 knee injury that led to him being released in the middle of the 2010 Super Bowl season.

“Green Bay is a special place to play football,” Harris said. “I think I’ll always be remembered as a Packer. I feel like a Packer.”

He’ll certainly be remembered for his overtime pick-six to beat Seattle in the 2003 NFC Wild Card playoff, a moment memorialized amongst the many wall hangings in the hallway outside the Packers locker room.

Harris actually pointed to a 2005 victory over New Orleans, the lone two-interception game of his career that included a pick-six and his first career sack, as his top highlight, calling it “a pretty good day for a corner.” To him, the big playoff interception two years earlier was nothing but a simple reaction.

“It was an all-out blitz,” he said. “It’s Football 101. You can only get a couple of things from a receiver, from a quarterback. You either get a slant or you get a hitch.”

An incredibly fit, durable player, Harris played in 175 consecutive games in Philadelphia and Green Bay before a lacerated spleen sidelined him for four contests in 2008. Then came the knee injury midway through 2009, a hamstring injury in Miami in 2010 and another knee injury in St. Louis in 2011.

Having gone through so much rehab and recovery in his late 30s, he had no problem calling it quits.

“I knew I was on the clock,” he said. “Your body can only take so much, and I had pushed it to the limit for so long, was so fortunate and blessed not to have missed a game, to play through some injuries. I looked at it as God telling me it’s time to turn the page.”

That page has now turned to coaching, as Harris is a defensive backs assistant in Kansas City after interning last season for former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin in Miami.

CB Al Harris through the years

View photos from Harris' career in Green Bay

Mentored early in his career in Philadelphia by fellow defensive backs Troy Vincent, Bobby Taylor and Brian Dawkins, Harris got his first taste of coaching by taking young corners like Tramon Williams under his wing in Green Bay. He has also coached his son, Al Jr., who’s a heavily recruited cornerback with one year of high school left at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

With the Chiefs, Harris is working for new head coach Andy Reid, his former head coach in Philadelphia, and Thomas, who coaches Kansas City’s defensive backs.

“I reached out to Andy,” Harris said. “I called to congratulate him when I found out he had the job. He knew what I wanted to do after my playing career was over.”

Harris was asked if he has discussed the transition with former Green Bay teammate Charles Woodson, who has indicated he wants to continue playing but has not yet been signed. Harris said the two situations are different, because Woodson is not injured, as Harris was when he hung it up, and his advice to Woodson is to “go for it.”

“One thing you don’t want to do, you don’t want to leave the game and think that you still had something in the tank,” Harris said. “When you’ve emptied your tank, you’re at peace with yourself. Once it’s over, it’s over as far as playing. I emptied my tank.”

Related links

blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Prospect Primer: C Bryan Stork, Florida State

    (1:55) Posted 9 hours ago

    Packers.com presents 'Prospect Primer,' a video look at an assortment of draft-eligible players who attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Florida State center Bryan Stork started 40 career games in college, most of them at center but also a handful at right and left guard earlier in his career. Stork was named to several All-America teams and won the Rimington Award as the nation's top center for Florida State's undefeated national championship team.

  • Prospect Primer: CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

    (2:39) Posted 9 hours ago

    Packers.com presents 'Prospect Primer,' a video look at an assortment of draft-eligible players who attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner is a versatile defensive back who recorded 5 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions for Florida State's national championship squad, leading his team in sacks and leading all defensive backs in the country in that category.

  • 2014 Green Bay Packers Schedule

    (2:00) Posted Apr 23, 2014

    The 2014 Green Bay Packers schedule starts with a rematch against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.