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Catching up with: Ronnie Harris

Posted Nov 15, 2012

A jack-of-all-trades performer during his four-plus seasons with the Seahawks, when he played wide receiver and returned and covered kickoffs and punts, Harris now is a pastor at Woodinville Alliance Church.


What he did: After spending his first two NFL seasons with the New England Patriots, Harris joined the Seahawks late in the 1994 season when he was signed to the practice squad. He was a jack-of-all-trades contributor the next three-plus seasons, playing wide receiver and returning and covering kickoffs and punts. Harris had 12 special teams tackles in each season from 1995-97. In 1996, he averaged 10.2 yards on 19 punt returns and 20.0 yards on 12 kickoff returns; and also had a 21-yard catch on a third-and-10 play during a game-winning touchdown drive against the Buccaneers. In 1997, he averaged 20.3 yards on four receptions.

What he’s doing: Harris, 42, worked in pharmaceutical sales for six years after his NFL career ended. But he is now a pastor at Woodinville Alliance Church and working on his Masters in Biblical studies through Western Seminary in Portland. Harris attended Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif., before going to the University of Oregon, where he played football and ran track. “Faith was always a part of my life,” he said. “Once I got out of college I was part of Athletics in Action. And every team I played on, including the Seahawks, I was part of the core guys who would have not just the chapels before games but actual Bible studies. Once I got into the work world, I just kind of said, ‘Is this what I’m meant to do?’ Ultimately, doors just kind of opened and I ended up stepping on staff (originally as a youth pastor) at my church. I really feel this is what I’m meant to do. You kind of find a sweet spot in life, and this is definitely it for me.”

QUICK HITS

If I could have dinner with anyone – living or dead – it would be: “Phil Knight. I’ve never had that opportunity and I’ve actually thought about just calling him and saying, ‘Hey, could I take you to dinner?’ Because there’s so much history and, obviously, I support the Ducks through and through. I just had such a good experience there. It’s football. It was track for me. And it was the fact I met my wife (Kris) freshman year in the dorms.”

Must-see TV: “Survivor.”

The best book I’ve ever read: “Excluding the Bible? (No, any book). Then that’s got to be it. I’m in that thing more than ever now. It’s inexhaustible.”

YOU DON'T SAY

My best memory as a Seahawk: “There are so many good memories. But I would just say collectively the relationships that I made with my teammates and coaches. I try to think of a play here and there. But just the camaraderie and just the relationships with the guys on the team – everything from Rick Mirer to Warren Moon; from Joey Galloway to Ricky Proehl to James McKnight; Eugene Robinson, Todd Peterson, Matt LaBounty, all these guys. They all made an impression on me, and have an impression on me, when I think about them individually.”

Something most people don’t know about me: “I’m an avid motorcyclist. It’s a passion – some people might call it an addiction. But I love it. I started riding my last year of playing football (in 1999 with the Atlanta Falcons). That is by far one of the biggest passions I have. I think once I left the football world I needed to replace my speed addiction, or just the adrenalin rush of football. So riding motorcycles is it for me.”

If I could relive one day of my life: “I have so many good days. But I would be remiss if I didn’t say my wedding day with my wife.”

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