Bears DT, Tommie Harris Interview
Tommie Harris played college football at Oklahoma University. He was a complete stud and then, he entered the 2004 NFL Draft and was selected 14th overall by the Chicago Bears. He was a member of the Bears from 2004 through 2010 compiling approximately 25 sacks, 200 tackles, and about 30 tackles for loss. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL season. [UPDATE: Since he was cut by the Bears, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts. After that, he was cut and then signed with the San Diego Chargers. He was recently cut by the Chargers.]Follow @ProInterviews
Strauss : Why do you make it important to connect to the fans?
Harris : Not just fans, but all people, life is too short. Football is not who I am it’s what I do. What’s good in life if you live it by yourself?
Strauss : Who was your childhood star? Why?
Harris : Reggie White, I was always looking up to him, because of who he was on and off the field.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Harris : Martin Luther King because he defined what a man is, standing by your word…
Strauss : What is your favorite type of music?
Harris : I like slow music because they performed a study that had results showing the slower the music the slower your heart beats.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Harris : Green Mile.
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Harris : Beef Jerky.
Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?
Harris : Cherry pie.
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Harris : Cake Boss.
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Harris : Lasagna.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Harris : NCAA Football.
Strauss : What was your favorite class in school?
Harris : Science class.
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Harris : My Wallet.
Strauss : Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
Harris : Father, because he’s not fictional.
Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Harris : I liked the Dallas Cowboys or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Harris : Since I was nine years old.
MS : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Harris : Track, as well as boxing.
MS : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?
Harris : Boxing, and I remember knocking guys out. lol
Strauss : When did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Harris : When I was fourteen, I knew that I was destined.
MS : If you weren’t playing in the NFL, what would you want to do?
Harris : I’d either want to be a broadcaster or a motivational speaker.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game?
Harris : My sophomore year, I saw a Dallas Cowboys game.
Strauss : What impact did your high school coach have on your career?
Harris : He taught me how to carry myself.
Strauss : What was it like to be on a top team since high school and how did football helped you develop?
Harris : I made great friends, we’re brothers for life!
Strauss : Why did you choose the number 97 at Oklahoma?
Harris : Because both Bryant Young and La’Roi Glover wore it.
Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Oklahoma?
Harris : My favorite experience was when it was so great to be walking out of the tunnel. I knew I was getting closer to my dream. Also, I am the only one to ever start as a freshman.
Strauss : What can you expect from playing D-1 football?
Harris : A chance.
Strauss : What was it like to win the Lombardi award in 2003 for nation’s best linemen and the Bill Willis trophy for best defensive tackle?
Harris : It was COOL, I still looked ahead and realized that I had a long way to go.
Strauss : What impact did your college coach have on your professional career?
Harris : Everything taught me how to execute my skill daily.
Strauss : Describe the hardest change between the jump from college to the NFL.
Harris : It’s a real job, and I don’t think people understand that business is first.
Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?
Harris : Exciting, we did it!
Strauss : When you were chosen at 14th overall by the Bears, what was that like?
Harris : Thank you God!
Strauss : Why did you choose to wear 91 in the NFL with the Bears?
Harris : After psalms 91.
Strauss : As you’ve grown as a player, how important has film been to your development? What do you look for when you watch film?
Harris : Homework, it’s everything. I look for habits.
Strauss : What three words describe your style of gameplay?
Harris : Faith, Confidence, and Joy.
Strauss : What was it like to attend three straight pro bowls and have an All-Pro Season?
Harris : Thank you God. And, it was very cool to be among the best.
Strauss : What was it like to be the highest-paid DT until Haynesworth?
Harris : It was very cool, I knew he was going to do that, and that is great for him.
Strauss : What is your nickname?
Harris : TheRealDeal is my twitter name because everyone kept saying that he’s the real deal.
Strauss : What was the hardest choice you made in life?
Harris : Choosing a college.
Strauss : What is an experience you have had that changed your life?
Harris : Having a son is the greatest deal ever.
Strauss : What is your favorite quote?
Harris : I’m just happy to be here, you know….. “What you do in your off time will effect you on your on time.”
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Harris : Keep chipping.
Strauss : Thank you for your time.
Harris : Thank you.