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Al Harris: The road to recovery Part I

The Packers cornerback is keeping a video journal of his rehab progress for the readers of the NFP. National Football Post

Print This February 10, 2010, 01:15 PM EST
Al Harris: The road to recovery Part I

In November, Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris suffered a devastating injury to his left knee that ended his season. A few days later, he vowed to come back within six months.

Now, the process has begun.

Harris is working out daily at the Atlantic Rehabilitation Center in Miami and will record videos for readers of the National Football Post to follow his rehab and road to recovery.

“I pretty much tore up the lateral side of my knee,” Harris says. “I’m here right now documenting this thing so you out there can know what we have to go through to get back on the field.”

It won’t be easy. Harris, who underwent surgery on his knee six weeks ago, must endure a series of tortuous stretches and training exercises by a team of rehab specialists who hope to prepare him for his 13th NFL season. He has promised not only to play next season but says he intends to play three or four more years.

Watch the video to see highlights of Harris’ workout. You’ll find out what the word “towel” means in his rehab.

And join Al over the next several weeks on his journey back to the field as he challenges extreme odds toward making a full recovery.


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ARod 27
Feb 18, 2010
01:05 AM

when is the next video of al, or part 2?

Feb 21, 2010
01:04 AM

AL.... May the Good Lord continue to bless you and keep your spirits up. Keep working hard because you are needed and Packer fans saw how much you were missed, after your injury. I felt bad for you when you got hurt this past season but with continue rehab and work. You will be back out there being part of a winning organization "Thanks" to people such as yourself.

Eric F.
Feb 24, 2010
02:34 AM

Keep it up Al, all of us packers fans still beleive in you.

Feb 24, 2010
02:37 PM

so why did he edit out the HGH injections? Everyoneknows in order to properly recover in under 1 year from a knee tear you need HGH. Just ask Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Rodney Harrison, Philip Rivers. Ok I'm kidding. i dont know those guys took HGH but if i suffered a career threatening knee injury and i knew it woul dhelp speed my recovery and get me back to earning, then hell yeah i would!

HGH not bad. Steroids bad. HGH good.

david tappa
Mar 12, 2010
11:04 AM

This just shows the total commitment of 31! He is the most under appreciated and underpaid DB in the NFL. What accountability he shows here in allowing his process to be documented. When he hits the field in 2010 there will be no excuses, HE WILL BE BACK!

LUV YA 31! God Speed and we'll see ya this summer back in Titletown!

Brady Augustine
Mar 27, 2010
10:37 AM


Having gone through a knee reconstruction, I have a little bit of an idea of what you are going through. I can't hold a candle to your level of commitment though. Thanks for sharing this video. I have always enjoyed hearing your comments before and after games and thank you for letting us be a part of the dedication you have off the field...especially in a circumstance like this. I remember wondering "Just how can my knee stop there and not move any more?" Then having the therapist show my how they were going to fix it....OUCH!

Very best and most sincere wishes for you and your family and we all look forward to your return to the field very soon. But of course wish for you to get well FIRST.

Mar 27, 2010
11:55 AM

You cant keep a good man down. Hes the best at what he does and hes proving it. GO PACKERS we from the midwest love you.

Pam Bruening
Apr 26, 2010
03:15 PM

Hey glad to see you're doing so great w/ your rehab!! Can't wait to see you on the field this fall. Sent you some things to autograph can't wait to get them back I'm sure they are waiting for you at Lambeau. All of you players are the best in the NFL!! Packer Nation loves ya Al. You'll be up and playing before you know it!! Love Ya Al !!!

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Jan 19, 2011
01:09 PM

Hey, glad to see Al getting back in the game. Hope you had some nice leisure time while you were healing! Sometimes it's hard not feeling antsy and confined.

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Jan 19, 2011
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Hey, glad to see Al getting back in the game. Hope you had some nice leisure time while you were healing! Sometimes it's hard not feeling antsy and confined.

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