Former Southern Regional Standout Clark Harris in First Pro Bowl

10-Year NFL Veteran
By DAVID BIGGY | Jan 24, 2018
Courtesy of: Southern Regional School District Clark Harris

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin knows a lot about Clark Harris. After all, the Steelers play against the Cincinnati Bengals twice per season because they reside together in the AFC Central Division. And, of course, it’s no secret that Harris is a highly accurate long snapper. He has been for 10 seasons now.

So, when it came time for Tomlin and his selected crew to coach the AFC in Sunday’s Pro Bowl Jan. 28, their focus on a “need” player turned to Harris. The former Southern Regional standout and Manahawkin resident got the call on Jan. 16 that he will play in his first Pro Bowl.

“Just found out that I will be headed to Orlando next week,” Harris posted to Twitter after receiving the call. “Thanks to the Steelers coaching staff for bringing me along to the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl.”

His hashtag associated with the post, which read DreamComeTrue, is just one more in a career full of dreams for the former Southern Regional and Rutgers tight end. The first big dream that came true, obviously, was getting the opportunity to play in the NFL. After 10 seasons, Harris in October received a contract extension through next season with the Bengals.

“At 33 years old, I’m still playing a game for a living,” he said back in July, as he prepared for preseason camp. “It’s a great deal for me.”

Finishing at 7-9, the Bengals didn’t make the playoffs this season. But that didn’t stop Harris from being extremely effective as the team’s long snapper. He handled all 143 deep snaps – 89 punts and 54 placekicks – without an unplayable delivery, which extended his enormous streak to 1,292 consecutive playable snaps. He also made four tackles on special teams this season.

The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 28, televised on ESPN at 3 p.m. from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

 

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