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Chargers veteran cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was named the Week 8 NFLPA Community MVP on Friday. Harris distributed 500 bags of clothing and hygiene essentials to those in Los Angeles experiencing homelessness.
The 32-year old spoke on receiving the accolade: “It means a lot. There’s a lot of players that do a lot, that put time and money into building those relationships off the build and to be able to uplift the community.”
Though Harris was recognized for impacting the Los Angeles community this week, his helping hand also reaches communities in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas through the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation.
The foundation was formed in 2012 by Harris and his wife. The organization was initially developed to focus on helping the youth. However, as the foundation has evolved, the focus has expanded to anyone in need.
“We’ve been blessed to be able to impact thousands of people,” Harris said.
With 11 years in the NFL, the Super Bowl Champion has made a name for himself as a talented defensive back in the league.
“I feel like I was one of the guys to put the nickel on the map, playing man, playing zone, playing multiple coverages,” Harris said. “That’s part of my legacy for sure.”
But his legacy has more to do with more than just football. Harris has and continues to make an impact on and off the field. Winning the Week 8 Community MVP is just the latest reminder of the cornerback’s influence.