Atnaf Harris
No. 5, 81
Position:Wide Receiver
Personal information
Born: (1979-02-27) February 27, 1979 (age 42)
Fresno, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Fresno (CA) Edison
College:Cal-State Northridge
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:8
Career Arena statistics
Receiving yards:716
Player stats at · PFR ·

Atnaf DeShawn Harris (born February 27, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Fresno State University.

In his career, Harris has played for the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, San Jose SaberCats, and Arizona Rattlers.

High school career

Harris attended Edison High School where he recorded 34 receptions for 667 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He earned First-team All-North Yosemite League honors and named to the Fresno Bee's All-Star team.

College career

Harris played three seasons at Fresno State, where he recorded 26 receptions for 285 yards and four touchdowns in 23 games. He recorded 17 receptions 198 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman. He was a teammate of Rodney Wright, future San Jose SaberCats teammate, for three seasons. He transferred to Cal State-Northridge for his senior season but the school dropped their football program that year. He then went back to Fresno State where he graduated with a degree in Sociology.

Professional career

NFL Draft

Harris was not expected to get drafted in the NFL, which he was not. However, he did get attention from some pro scouts that were at the Fresno State pro day to watch quarterback David Carr, who was chosen first overall by the expansion Houston Texans, by running a 4.42 40-yard dash and a vertical jump of 43.5".[1]

National Football League (2002–2004)

After going undrafted in the 2002 NFL Draft, Harris was signed by the Houston Texans, who had drafted his college teammate Carr, on May 22. He spent time on the teams practice squad before being signed to the active roster in November. He played in one regular season game as a rookie, a start in the regular season finale, in which he recorded one receptions for eight yards. After was waived by the Texans in the final cuts before the 2003 season,[2] and was signed by the Denver Broncos in December 2003. He then spent the season on the Broncos practice squad,[3] but was waived on August 21, 2004.[4]

Arena Football League (2006–2008)

San Jose SaberCats (2006)

Harris signed to the practice squad of the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League on November 3, 2005, and did not play in any games that season.

Arizona Rattlers (2007–2008)

He then signed with the Arizona Rattlers after spending the 2006 season on the San Jose practice squad.

As a rookie in 2007, Harris played in eight games, starting three, and finished third on the team with 41 receptions and 595 yards and nine touchdowns. His 14.5 yards-per-catch average was first on the team, and was 11th on the Rattlers all-time single season list.

In 2008, Harris played in just two games, both against his former team, the SaberCats. He recorded six receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two tackles. He was released by the Rattlers after the season.

Personal life

Harris enjoys playing video games in his free time, his favorite being Madden NFL. He hopes to pursue a career in coaching high school football. Harris is married and has two sons: Jalen and Kamar.

See also


  1. ^ Bonini, Ryan R. (2002-03-26). "NFL Draft Notebook – Draft Tidbits". Archived from the original on 2005-02-21. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  2. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions – 2003". 2003. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  3. ^ "Denver Broncos Transactions – 2003". 2003. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  4. ^ "Transactions – Football". The New York Times. 2004-09-01. Retrieved 2008-09-12.