Kwame Harris is a soccer player from the LGBT community. When it comes to gay players, it’s still a contentious topic in sports, especially football. Nevertheless, at the beginning of his professional career, Kwame Harris was willing to come out with his family. So, who is this player? All details will be made clear in the article below.
Personal Information of Kwame Harris
- Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
- Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Kwame Harris (born March 15, 1982) is a former American football player of Jamaican origin who played offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons. In 2002, while playing college football for the Stanford Cardinal, he took home the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10 Conference’s best offensive lineman. In the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers made him their 26th overall pick.
Harris was born in Jamaica and immigrated to the US at the age of three. He was raised in Newark, Delaware, and went to Newark High School.
He then enrolls at Stanford University on the opposite coast. He participated in three seasons here, twice being named to the all-conference team, and in his last year, was awarded an honorable mention All-American.
Harris was aware of his attraction to guys as a young youngster. He opted to come out as a gay football player NFL when he was older because his family wasn’t initially accepting.
Career Information of Kwame Harris
In the 2003 NFL Draft, Harris was rated as the No. 2 offensive tackle available, just behind Jordan Gross. The San Francisco 49ers took him with the 26th overall choice in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and he spent five seasons playing for them.
From 2004 through 2007, he made a total of 37 consecutive starts, beginning with the final five games at left tackle in 2004 and 32 games at right tackle the following two years. Harris was a competent run blocker, but he struggled to block defensive lineman in pass protection and frequently committed penalties. In 2005, he made 15 penalties—including seven false starts—and allowed nine sacks. The next year, he made eight sacks, four holding penalties, and one false start. When Joe Staley was selected by the 49ers in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, he was demoted to a backup position and given less playing time at right tackle.
Harris signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Oakland Raiders in 2008, hoping that line coach Tom Cable could help him resurrect his career. That season, he started 11 games. He experienced blocking and penalty issues again toward the end of the season, and the Raiders decided to release him.
After being released by the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League in 2010, he decided to retire. Darnell Stapleton, a former offensive guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers, took his position. In his six seasons in the NFL, he started 55 out of 86 games. Harris attributed some of his decline to the stress of keeping his sexuality a secret.
Kwame Harris’ current life
Harris went back to school after giving up football to get his undergraduate degree.
Harris was found guilty of misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse, assault, and battery on his ex-boyfriend, Dimitri Geier, on November 4, 2013, as a result of an incident on August 21, 2012. Both the felony counts of assault with force likely to cause serious bodily injury and domestic violence causing great bodily injury were dismissed against him.
He came out as gay in a CNN interview on March 29, 2013. No NFL player had ever come out while they were competing, and very few had done so after retiring, until Michael Sam in 2014.
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