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Tuff Harris
DB #26
Height:
6-0
Weight:
198
College:
Montana
Experience:
3

Biography

6’0” • 198 lbs. • Born: 1.23.83 • Exp. (NFL/Titans): 2/2 • FA – 2008 • Montana

2008 GP/GS: 6/0 (Playoffs 1/0) • Career GP/GS: 7/0 (Playoffs 1/0) • Colstrip, Mont.

PRO: Harris is an athletic defensive back that excels on special teams. The former Montana standout was signed to the Titans’ practice squad on Aug. 31, 2008 before being elevated to the active roster on Nov. 22, 2008. In his first season with the Titans, he appeared in six contests and posted six special teams tackles. Harris was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted college free agent on May 3, 2007. He was waived by Miami on Sept. 1 before being signed to the practice squad a day later. Harris was activated to Miami’s 53-man roster on Nov. 14, 2007 and appeared in one game with the club. After being waived by Miami during the 2008 offseason, he had a short stint with the New Orleans Saints prior to joining the Titans.

6’0” • 198 lbs. • Born: 1.23.83 • Exp. (NFL/Titans): 2/2 • FA – 2008 • Montana

2008 GP/GS: 6/0 (Playoffs 1/0) • Career GP/GS: 7/0 (Playoffs 1/0) • Colstrip, Mont.

PRO: Harris is an athletic defensive back that excels on special teams. The former Montana standout was signed to the Titans’ practice squad on Aug. 31, 2008 before being elevated to the active roster on Nov. 22, 2008. In his first season with the Titans, he appeared in six contests and posted six special teams tackles. Harris was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted college free agent on May 3, 2007. He was waived by Miami on Sept. 1 before being signed to the practice squad a day later. Harris was activated to Miami’s 53-man roster on Nov. 14, 2007 and appeared in one game with the club. After being waived by Miami during the 2008 offseason, he had a short stint with the New Orleans Saints prior to joining the Titans.

TITANS TIDBITS:

• Harris grew up in Lodge Grass, Mont., also known as Valley of the Chiefs. He is a member of the Crow Nation, a tribe of Native Americans who historically lived in the Yellowstone River valley and now live on a reservation south of Billings, Montana.

• Harris’ given Indian name “Chaawagiichish” means “Rejoices in Prayer.”

• Harris was given the nickname “Tuff” when he was just a few weeks old after a bout with pneumonia. Despite being rushed to the hospital by helicopter and the fact that he stopped breathing several times, Harris never cried too much and just smiled. The doctor told his parents he was going to be alright and that “the kid is pretty tough to go through all that and just smile.” The name has stuck ever since.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2008 (6/0, 1/0 - Tennessee): Saw action as a reserve in six games after being elevated from the practice squad on Nov. 22, 2008. Played primarily on coverage units and collected six special teams tackles.

• Against N.Y. Jets (11/23), played in a reserve role on special teams and collected a solo tackle. Made a sensational tackle by stopping Leon Washington for no gain on a first-quarter punt return.

• At Detroit (11/27), registered a solo special teams tackle in the Titans’ commanding 47-10 victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving. Saw limited action at safety in the fourth quarter.

• At Indianapolis (12/28), played in a reserve role at free safety and notched three tackles. Collected a special teams stop on coverage units.

2007 (1/0 - Miami): Spent the first nine games of the year on the Dolphins’ practice squad before being activated to the 53-man roster on Nov. 14. Was inactive for six games and dressed but did not play in another before making NFL debut, in a reserve role, in finale against Cincinnati (12/30).

COLLEGE:

• Was a four-year letterman at Montana (2003-06) and played in 53 games during his career, including 41 starts.

• Began his collegiate career as a walk-on wide receiver before being moved to defensive back for his redshirt freshman season of 2003.

• Amassed 170 tackles, six interceptions and 18 pass breakups. Also returned 71 punts for a 13.8-yard average and three touchdowns, with all of his returns coming over his final two seasons.

• Put together a 14.5-yard average on 46 punt returns as a senior when he recorded two scores, including a 94-yarder against Eastern Washington (10/7) and a 56-yarder against Northern Colorado (11/11).

• Had most productive season on defense as a sophomore in 2004 when he registered 62 tackles and four interceptions, two of which came in a I-AA semi-final win over Sam Houston State.

• Majored in sociology at Montana.

PERSONAL:

• Earned four letters apiece in football and track, and three in basketball at Colstrip (Mont.) High School. Was an all-state selection in all three sports.

• As a wide receiver, scored 43 career touchdowns, including 19 as a senior.

• Was part of state championship track squads as both a junior and senior. Performed as a sprinter and in the long jump and high jump.

• Served as team captain basketball as a sophomore and senior. He has a dunk contest named after him, after winning three consecutive years at the “All-West Tournament” in Denver, Colo.

• His wife Mary taught him how to play golf.

• List of favorites: (movie) “Forrest Gump”; (TV show) “The Office”; (actor/actress) Matthew McConaughey and Julia Roberts; (music artist or group) Ben Harper, The Four Kicks; (food) grilled ribeye with sauteed mushrooms, side of sweet potatoes with cinnamon butter; (vacation spot) The Mountains; (school subject) History; (car) one that is paid for and runs great with good gas mileage; (video game) Tiger Woods PGA Tour; (sports hero) Michael Johnson; and (books) “The Shack” by William P. Young and “The Vision” by Rick Joyner.

• Born Chester David “Tuff” Harris on Jan. 23, 1983 in Crow Agency, Mont.

Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 7 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2008 TEN 6 8 5 3 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 MIA 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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