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Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Al Harris retires as a Green Bay Packer

Long-time defensive back and current Chiefs assistant coach Al Harris formally retired with the Packers on Thursday. He will continue coaching, however.

Joe Robbins

Kansas City Chiefs assistant defensive backs coach Al Harris formally retired as a Green Bay Packer on Wednesday, officially moving him into the next phase of his career, per He will continue coaching, however.

Harris, who was twice a pro-bowler in his 14 NFL seasons, wanted to finish out his playing career as a member of Green Bay where he spent half his years. Harris finished his career with the St. Louis Rams in 2011.

Harris' greatest moment came against the Seattle Seahawks in a 2003 NFC Wild Card game, when he picked off Matt Hasselbeck and scooted for a touchdown in overtime.

Now, Harris has the opportunity to learn under a Hall of Fame corner in Emmitt Thomas, who has been the Chiefs secondary coach since 2009. Last year, Harris interned with the Miami Dolphins as he learned the ropes.

The Harris-Kansas City connection is a very easy one to see. General manager John Dorsey was in Green Bay for years while Harris was starring there. Add that Andy Reid coached Harris for five seasons, and it's a very obvious fit.

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