Napoleon Harris– former NFL and Northwestern Football Player- recently filed his petitions as a candidate for Illinois State Senate in the 15th Senatorial District. The thirty-two year old native of Cook County played seven full seasons in the NFL following a stellar football career at Northwestern University.
Napoleon Harris grew up in the tiny suburb of Dixmoor, Illinois. He was raised in a single parent household after the death of his father. His mother, Ms. Brenda Harris, instilled into Napoleon the values of citizenship and education. Harris attended Lincoln Elementary School, Rosa Parks Middle School and Thornton High School in Harvey, Illinois. It was at Thornton High School where Harris excelled as a tri-star athlete. Moreover, Napoleon Harris was at great student. He maintained himself as an honor student throughout his academic career.
While as an outstanding student-athlete at Thornton, Harris was widely recruited by nearly every major NCAA Division One school in America. But his decision to attend Northwestern University was based on the institution's reputation as a top performing academic school. This was an unlikely choice from an athlete such as Harris. But again, Harris chose an institution that would challenge his mind and assist him in achieving his goals beyond football.
Harris played four years at Northwestern achieving many accomplishments on the football field. But his greatest efforts were not on the football field, but in the classroom. Despite the stricter academic standards of Northwestern University, Napoleon Harris not only played football for four years but completed his degree in Business within the same time frame. Later Harris would enroll and complete a post graduate Executive Program workshop at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Business.
Napoleon was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 2002 NFL Draft. He went on to play seven full seasons in the NFL. He also played with the Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs. While playing in the NFL he started the Napoleon Harris Foundation. Through his foundation, Napoleon Harris has helped countless teenagers receive college scholarships. With the continued assistance from generous sponsors, Harris has assisted with not only scholarship assistance, but with enhancing the upward mobility and the educational development of these youths.
However Napoleon Harris also views the decline in jobs, healthcare and education in Southern Cook County as a means to involve himself in finding solutions. Harris mulled the prospects of running for Illinois State Senate for many years. He has long desired to be more than just a notable athlete and citizen in southern Cook County, but as a problem solver and a person of resource. He currently runs several businesses including that of owner and operator of Beggars Pizza in Harvey and Orland Park, Illinois.
Harris does not view this run for Senate as a selfish desire. But as of hope to the countless young men and women who have dismal viewpoints of their elected leaders. Harris offers to bring a breath of fresh air enhanced by values, integrity and progressive ideas. Harris is very concerned about the lack of a Trauma Unit south of 95th Street in Cook County. He has brought together Healthcare professionals and consultants throughout Cook County to examine and find solutions to how this issue can be resolved.
In addition, he has met with area business leaders and investors to find ways of forming job creation. Harris thinks that southern Cook County could be a Mecca for manufacturing and retail organizations. During the campaign he will present extensive plans and concepts that can lead to short term job creation and growth.
Napoleon is married to his high school sweetheart, Nicole Bunton (Harris). They have one son, Napoleon Harris IV.