I knew I should have never opened my mouth on the Al Harris release, but after an epic Twitter conversation, I feel the need to leave my final thoughts before watching that sick interception by Sam Shields last Sunday.
Al Harris was an awesome Green Bay Packer. He was never hurt, he came to play, and added a ferociousness to the secondary that we truly needed. Most of all, he will be forever inked in our minds for his game winning interception in overtime against the Seahawks. It’s one of the greatest memories, if not the greatest memory, in the last decade of Packer football.
I will always love Al, and that interception will most certainly put him in the Packer Hall of Fame.
What I can’t understand is the outrage by some fans that feel the Packers needed, or were in some way responsible for keeping Al on the roster. To me, that’s just the legend talking. And outside of that miracle moment, there isn’t much more to add.
Al Harris was a great Packer, a great football player, and gave Packer fans something they will never forget. The Packers are obligated to acknowledge that fact, but certainly not to keep him on the team.
It’s funny, when talking about Al Harris’ legend I never once had to mention exactly which interception I was talking about. To put that in perspective, I leave you with these following follow up questions:
1. Remember when Favre threw that game winner with seconds left?
2. Remember when Reggie sealed the game with back-to-back sacks?
3. Remember when Sharpe made that amazing catch to seal it?
4. Remember Darren Sharper picking it off in the endzone to win the game but then running it out to the 10 yard line instead of kneeling on it and then getting hurt?
5. Remember that interception by Al Harris?
Perspective. Al made a great play that will last in our mind for eternity. It doesn’t mean he can make another one.
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