The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will play a football game just two days after the sudden passing of their beloved defensive line coach. Richard Harris suffered a heart attack in his office after Tuesday's practice at Canad Inns Stadium. The Blue Bombers, who will host the British Columbia Lions on Thursday night, held a team walk through on Wednesday morning.
Winnipeg head coach Paul LaPolice talked about the loss of his assistant head coach.
Harris joined the Winnipeg Football Club in 2006 after spending one season with the Ottawa Renegades. He was appointed assistant head coach prior to the 2011 season. Harris, who was 63-years old, started his CFL coaching career with the B.C. Lions in 2001. As a player Harris spent eight season in the National Football League. He was a first-round draft pick (5th overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Winnipeg defensive tackle Doug Brown talked about the tough time the defensive line is having with the passing of Coach Harris.
Harris is survived by his wife Tami, and their four children: Kimberly, Chianti, Jennifer and Michael. Harris also had three grandchildren: Chandler, Keegan-Michael and Aurura. The Winnipeg Football Club announced today that players will wear a sticker with the initials RH on their helmets for Thursday's game with the Lions.
Coach Harris and his defensive linemen