Chris Harris Jr.
From an early age it was clear that Chris Harris Jr. was a natural-born athlete. As a student at Bixby High School, Chris earned all-state honors in both football and basketball, while also earning varsity letters in track. Chris’s passion and talent in football led him to a decorated career at the University of Kansas. While attending college and playing football at KU, Chris had one of the most successful football careers the school had ever seen. Chris served as Team Captain his senior year, led the team to an Orange Bowl victory and earned Defensive Back of the Year honors. By the end of his college career, Chris landed himself at #2 on the Kansas football all-time tackles list. In 2018 Chris was inducted into KU’s Ring of Honor.
Although Chris was not selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, he refused to let his dreams die. His innate instincts on the football field combined with his never quit work ethic, eventually earned him a spot with the Denver Broncos. Chris immediately had an impact on the Broncos defense, concluding his rookie season with unparalleled stats he was voted on Denver’s All-Rookie Team, Breakout Player of the Year and Overachiever of the Year. The next few seasons Chris put up elite numbers, aligning him with the best defensive backs in the NFL. In 2014, Chris didn’t allow a single touch down, nicknaming his side of the field the “No Fly Zone.” He was also voted best cornerback in the NFL by the sports statistics agency, Pro Football Focus, which earned him 2015 All Pro. Chris now has since made four Pro Bowl appearances.
2015 was the season that Chris transformed himself and solidified his reputation as one of the top corners in the game, meticulously destroying opposing offenses. Chris battled a severe shoulder injury the entire season but was determined to compete in the playoffs, committing to a rigorous daily rehab program. After a long, grueling 2015 NFL Season, Chris’s hard work paid off when the Broncos were named Super Bowl Champions, a game that was dominated by the “No Fly Zone.”
Chris also has many passions off the field. In 2012 he married his college sweetheart Leah, and together they have three beautiful daughters, Aria, Avianna and Aliyah. In 2012 Chris and Leah launched the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation. Inspired by his own life experiences, the foundation seeks out fellow underdogs and helps give them opportunities and resources to rise above obstacles to achieve greatness.
The Chris Harris Jr. Foundation puts on numerous annual events, including free football camps, winter clothing drives, back to school events, holiday shopping extravaganzas, turkey drives and more. Chris looks for any way to get involved in helping the community’s youth and has been a face and speaker for the YESS Mentoring program. As a result of his impactful community outreach, Chris was awarded the IBA Citizen Award, an award given to America’s premier athletes who have excelled in their sport and have actively shown their desire to help others. He was also the Broncos 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, a prestigious honor recognizing a player’s volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field.
Chris’s down to earth character and genuine passion for helping others has made this Bronco a fan and media favorite. His eloquent speech combined with his captivating personality has garnered Chris various print and broadcast features, including Esquire, ESPN, Billboard, Rachael Ray and The Late Late Show with James Corden to name a few. He has also been featured in campaigns for Red Robin and Baileys Moving Company. With an undeniable football talent and compelling persona, it is no surprise that Chris Harris Jr. will be in the spotlight long after his football career.