FROM THE FIELD TO THE FRONT OFFICE… A LOOK AT THE TRANSITION FOR FORMER BEARS SAFETY CHRIS HARRIS AND FORMER VIKINGs LINEBACKER E.J. HENDERSON
From: Kass’ Korner | Football Fan Rush Network
Many fans become engolfed in a player as they track his stats, purchase jerseys and heck even start fan clubs, but how many follow what happens to their favorite player once they retire?
Well today we found two players that when not made big impacts for their former teams success, but also had a pretty nice size fan following.
CHRIS HARRIS (former Chicago Bears Safety)
Former Chicago Bears Safety Chris Harris had a really good NFL career at the safety position. While Harris also had NFL stints with the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, it seemed his Bears fanbase stuck through every transition.
Harris was initially drafted by the Bears in 2005 and was key in marching them right to the Superbowl which ended with a score of 29-17 in favor of the Indiapolis Colts.
Since hanging up the player towel in 2012, he has become a member of the Front Office Staff for the Chiacgo Bears. In January 2013, Harris will became the Bears defensive quality control coach. Harris was very happy not only with his new position but also working with Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker.
Harris has been quoted as calling him an “outstanding coach.” When asked why, Harris said, “He’s a guy that understands how teams are trying to attack him.“He believes in his system and doesn’t panic when things aren’t going to plan.”
So far his new position is working out for the defense and Harris as he heads into his 2nd season as Defensive quality Control Coach.
E.J. Henderson (former Minnesota Vikings Linebacker)
If you ever grabbed your stomach or let out an OOOOOHHHHHH as the player rocking number 56 in purple took out your teams QB or even Running Back, it was probably Mr. E.J. Henderson.
Henderson was also a major staple in he outcome of many successful games for the Vikings and probably a ton of damage to the oppositions key players. While he seemed soft spoken off the field, there was absolutley nothing mild mannered about his on the field play.
Henderson was drafted by the Vikings in 2003 and fortunate enough to spend his entire career with the team until 2011. During his time as a Viking , Henderson bounced back from a few major injuries and was able to end his career on a high note.
Henderson, a Maryland native, learned to love and appreciate Minnesota while with the Vikings and in 2014 still remains a resident of the state. Henderson was quoted as saying, “I was fortunate to play my entire NFL career with the Vikings, during which time I grew to love this community and this state”. His passion and caommittment to the sport is contantly recognized as he he founded the E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation centering on the NFL’s Play 60 message and selected as the Vikings Community Man of the Year two years later. Henderson later launched YouthPro Fitness and Nutrition (YoPro) which continues to partner with local community education and youth programs to run 60-minute structured fitness activities and educate children on better nutritional habits.
With such a positive outlook on youth sports and nutrition and still a Vikings fan favorite, E.J. was truly the best choice to be selected as the Minnesota Vikings the team’s Youth Football Manager. So that’s exactly what the team decided August of 2014.
Henderson stated, “Staying committed to youth outreach after retiring from football has been important to me, and to be given the opportunity to bring that passion as part of the Vikings family is an opportunity I greatly appreciate.”
Congrats to both Chris Harris and E.J Henderson on their roles in the NFL beyond the field.
For more on each player visit the links below:
http://ow.ly/AiaZ9 E. J. Henderson
http://ow.ly/AibeY Chris harris
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