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Christian Harris cried tears of joy when the Texans selected him in the NFL Draft

Alabama vs Georgia Alabama linebacker Christian Harris (8) Photo by Kent Gidley
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Christian Harris played his best football for Alabama in the last five games of the 2021 season.

He went to the NFL Scouting Combine and dominated at the testing site. Several draft pundits had him as a second-rounder, but the former Crimson Tide linebacker did not exhale until the third round. As a native of Baton Rouge, La., Harris became very emotional when the Houston Texans took him at No. 75 overall. He cried tears of joy with his family and friends during his draft party in Dallas, Texas. Harris is ready to show Lovie Smith and the Texans that they made the right choice at the linebacker spot.

The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder finished with 79 tackles in 2021 for Alabama. Harris turned in 12.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He was a semifinalist for the Butkus and Lombardi awards.

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Harris assisted the Tide to two Southeastern Conference Championships (2020, 2021) and a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2020. His family will be able to see him play as Houston is four hours away from Baton Rouge.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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