Harris, Packers close 2008 season with a win

Al Harris makes Calvin Johnson pay for catching the ball Sunday in Green Bay.

Al Harris makes Calvin Johnson pay for catching the ball Sunday in Green Bay.

Al Harris led the Packers with eight tackles and added a pass deflection for good measure (despite a nasty cold), helping the Packers t0 a season-ending 31-21 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Watch and listen to Al’s post-game press conference here.

Advertisements

Reaction: Jaguars 20, Packers 16

The Packers have lost three straight games by four points or less, including Sunday’s 20-16 defeat at the hands of Jacksonville.

Despite the fact the loss eliminated the team from playoff contention, Al Harris told the Green Bay media he’s not looking looking ahead next season:

harris_jags

Al: Everybody needs to be where they need to be. They ran a couple 3-deep. Sometimes guys dial up the right play. And they dialed up the right play.

Q: Seemed like there was some confusion on a couple of the defensive play calls?

Al: There was some confusion a couple times between me and Brady (Poppinga)?

Q: Was he mad there was a discussion on the field?

Al: And that’s all that was was an animated discussion.

Q: You guys were on the same page the entire time?

Al: Well, you were talking about that particular play and that’s what that was: an animated discussion.

Q: What sorts of things do you want to build on as you start to look to next season?

Al: We gotta win. You can’t think about next year until next year. We gotta win and that’s all that boils down to. This is a game of production. You gotta produce, you know what I mean? And…that’s it.

Q: Anything more than just frustration right now?

Al: “Well, that’s about it. You’re frustrated. You want to won. Like I said, this is a game of production. You gotta produce.”

****

On his much-reported interaction with teammate Brady Poppinga, Harris said these kinds of things happen from time to time and they shouldn’t get blown out of proportion:

“We’re trying to win, both of us,” Harris said. “It wasn’t personal, either one of our sides. We’re both trying to do what we’re paid to do. And it happens. It happens more than a few times. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Honestly.”

NFL Pro Bowl: Last day to vote!

Last year with your help, Al Harris made his first career NFL Pro Bowl appearance.

Despite suffering a career-threatening spleen injury early this season, Harris recovered more quickly than anyone thought possible, and he not only returned to the field, but he returned with a vengeance. The 11th year cornerback allowed just one pass completion for 10 yards during his first five games back from injury.

And with all the complaining opposing WRs do when they face Al, you know he’s doing something right!

So let’s show Harris how much he means to the team and to the spirit of the NFL by voting him back to the Pro Bowl.

Vote now!

Postgame video: Harris talks with Packers media

As usual, Al Harris made no excuses for the tough 24-21 loss the Packers suffered at the hands of the Texans Sunday. Check out some of the interaction he had with members of the media after today’s game:

al_harris_packers_video_12_7

“This was a very disappointing loss. Very disappointing. Um…this was disappointing. I’m pretty sure everyone in here feels like crap. And hats off to the Texans. They did a good job.”

Is losing today even more painful knowing the Vikings won?

“Man, we don’t care about what they were doing. We were trying to win here. Wherever they were playing at, they were trying to win there. We were playing here, so it really doesn’t matter what they were doing. A loss is a loss, and it’s not good.”

How does the team recover?

“We gotta get ready for Jacksonville. It’s hard to lose in such a competitive sport, so if you’re not feeling some type of way right now then you’re probably in the wrong business. But it’s tough for everyone in here.”

(question inaudible)

“Not at all, because we have expectations of ourselves. So it doesn’t really matter what you guys think or anybody else outside of this organization thinks. We gotta come up with ways to win, to stop these questions that you’re asking now. We gotta come up with ways to win.”

Is it hard to believe the team is 5-8?

“Like I said, this is a business, a business of production and we’re not producing right now. We gotta come out, we gotta work harder, whatever it takes, we gotta do.”

Happy 34th birthday, 3irty1

Hailey and company wished Al a happy birthday with this sign!

Packers fans representing for Al!

Al Harris’ 33rd year was a roller coaster ride. From a Pro Bowl berth to a contract extension to a return from a career-threatening injury, he’s experienced the highest highs and some of the lowest lows.

But through it all, Al Harris continued to be the great man is always has been, giving his all to his family, his team and his city.

So take a minute to wish Al a happy 34th in the comments below!

New Myspace page: You and Al should become friends

Fans – Al just launched his new Myspace page, and he’d love to have you join his army of friends.

And unlike some athlete Myspace pages, Al personally manages his friends list. So check out his new page, send him a friend request and be assured it’s Mr. Al Harris himself who is approving your request!

myspace_harris_redesign

Coming soon: Brand H skateboards

You already know Al Harris is one of the baddest men in the NFL. But did you know he’s also a skateboard junkie, and he’s starting his own skateboard company?

More details are coming soon, but we know this much: The company name is ‘Brand H’, and Al’s in the process of setting the foundation for his business. Here is the company logo:

logomainpng1

And here is the “crest”, which is a beautiful piece of artwork:

crestskateboard21

Finally, you didn’t think Al would start a skateboarding company without knowing how to grind, ollie and catch air, did you? Check the photos below and you’ll see 3irty1 like you’ve never seen him before!