Chicago Bears: Ranking the top ten Chicago Bears of the 2000s

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Chicago Bears Tommie Harris
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6. Tommie Harris, DT (2004-2010)

After being drafted out of the University of Oklahoma with the 14th overall pick in 2004, Tommie Harris made an immediate impact on the field. Harris started all 16 games in his first two seasons and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Despite his season being cut short after 12 games due to a hamstring injury in 2006, Harris was fourth on the team in sacks.

Harris’s pass rush helped to lead the Bears to back to back playoff appearances in 2005 and 2006, the first time they had accomplished the feat since 1990-91. He remained a mainstay on the defensive line until 2010, when Harris lost his starting spot and was benched.

Throughout his career, Harris was always a fan favorite. Today, he spends much of his time around the community of Killeen, Oklahoma where he grew up, often helping kids and providing opportunities for others. He recently earned his MBA at the University of Miami and says that he aspires to one day be an NFL general manager.

Harris ended the 2000s at No. 4 on the Bears sack list. He retired in 2011 after playing one season with the San Diego Chargers.