September 6, 2013

Nose tackle Harrison took circuitous path to possible starting role in NFL



After Harrison’s pro day, he emailed every general manager who attended, to thank them. Nobody drafted him, but shortly after the Jets signed him, he visited Miller’s office and kept saying, “I’m going to make the best of this.”
Now, Harrison’s circuitous path moves toward Sunday, and maybe a starting spot for a team that must lean on its defense. How long this will last, he can’t be sure. He is three classes short of a physical education degree. Even though he is no longer with his girlfriend, he can support their three kids, the youngest born 10 months ago.
But the Jeep ride remains so fresh that Harrison can still see the snow falling, and Miller driving the vehicle, packed to the roof, with only his side-view mirror for visibility. Harrison sat by his locker Monday and recounted it all. A few feet away, offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson listened.
“This sounds like a tall tale,” Ferguson said.
Harrison just smiled.

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