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Chiefs Hire Al Harris to Assist Defense/Secondary

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Harris reunites with coach Reid and Dorsey

The Kansas City Chiefs made a key addition to their coaching staff on Friday, naming Al Harris as defensive assistant/secondary coach.

The two-time Pro Bowl player, Al Harris begins his first full season as an NFL assistant coach in Kansas City, joining one of his former head coaches, Andy Reid.

But wait, it gets even better.

Harris played for coach Reid from 1999-2002 and was later acquired by the Green Bay Packers personnel team that included current Chiefs general manager John Dorsey.

“We are happy to add Al to our staff,” Reid said. "Al's playing experience over 15 years will bring a unique perspective for our players.”

Not far removed from the playing field (retiring in 2011), Harris spent the 2012 season as a coaching intern under Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.

Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, Harris went on to play in 194 games (128 starts) with Philadelphia (1998-02), Green Bay (2003-09), Miami (2010) and St. Louis (2011).

The former cornerback, Harris spent two seasons (1993-94) at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. He then transferred to Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1995-96) and was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference pick in his senior season.

Coach Harris will assist lead secondary coach (Hall of Fame CB) Emmitt Thomas.

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