Some fans think that if a player doesn’t get drafted into the NFL, their football career is over. That is far from the truth. Just ask former Cal U defensive back Erik Harris, who has now found a home with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.
Harris and the Tiger-Cats are going into their third week of the season. So far this young season, Harris has appeared in both games and has racked up five total tackles. During his CFL debut on June 28th, Harris recorded three tackles against the Grey Cup Champion Toronto Argonauts. Harris has started both of the games, one at safety and the other at linebacker, making him flexible on the field.
While at Cal U, Harris made his presence known in a defensive backfield that featured guys like Rontez Miles, who is now with the New York Jets. He finished his career tallying 231 tackles, and 9 interceptions. He earned PSAC-West Honors both his junior and senior season while at Cal U.
While some question the level of competition at the CFL level, the sport is quickly gaining attention and many players who have Hall of Fame careers in the NFL get their start in the CFL. This summer, several games are being featured on ESPN and ESPN2. Harris is hoping that he’ll be the next to make a meaningful impact in the world of CFL.
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