The Oakland Raiders made an early impact against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football. In the first half, Raiders safety Erik Harris recorded two interceptions off Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Since Harris is a relatively unknown player on Oakland's roster, social media took a bit of a deep dive into his past. And one remarkable tidbit was dug up: the undrafted free agent out of the Division II program California University of Pennsylvania used to work at a potato chip factory following his collegiate career in 2012.
Harris worked at a local Utz potato chip factory in Hanover, Penn. during the summer of 2012, where he worked as a corn mixer. The job required him to carry 50-pound bags of corn flower, stirred the corn in the mixer, before placing it in an oven. He worked 11-hour shifts in an 110-degree room.
The safety never received any invites to an NFL minicamp. As a result, he took a chance by driving to Buffalo, N.Y. for a Canadian Football League (CFL) tryout in 2013. Harris was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he spent three seasons.
After a short stint with the New Orleans Saints in 2016, Harris joined the Oakland Raiders, and has remained with them ever since.
Now, he shined on the bright stage of "Thursday Night Football" with two incredible interceptions against a future Hall of Famer in Philip Rivers. Not everyone has a straightforward path to the NFL, and Harris' story exemplifies that.