Demone Harris: undrafted to Super Bowl

On Sunday, February 2, Demone Harris will represent the University at Buffalo in Super Bowl LIV as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Its Harris’ first game participating in the Super Bowl and he’s looking forward to the experience.

“I’m looking forward to kissing that Lombardi trophy the most,” Harris said.

In 2018, Harris was an undrafted free agent that signed initially with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, fast forward two years, and a lot has changed.

After being released from the Buccaneers, Harris explained what motivated him towards finding another home in the NFL. 

“Just an undoubted belief in myself and trusting my process,” Harris said. “I took chances to elevate my grind and focused on my why, which gives me more than enough drive.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Harris on October 15, and he signed with the Baltimore Ravens practice squad on October 22. Harris spent a month in Baltimore before the Kansas City Chiefs signed him to the active roster.

Kansas City coaches Brendan Dally (defensive line), and Steve Spagnuolo (defensive coordinator) helped prepare Harris immediately upon his arrival. 

While the Kansas City Chiefs have a great coaching staff, Harris also understood that a lot of the preparation also needed to happen by himself.

“I had to put a lot of time outside of what I was getting in the facility to not only learn the entire playbook in a week but also those fine-tune small things that other players already knew since it was Week 13,” Harris explained. “The game moves fast, so being able to adapt is huge, and I knew, if I wanted to play, I had to get caught up to speed very quickly.”

Harris saw playing time against the New England Patriots on December 12, finishing the game with two solo tackles. Harris also played against the Denver Broncos in Week 15, again recording two solo tackles. 

The Chiefs have a talented roster highlighted by veterans such as Terrell Suggs, who has experience playing in the Super Bowl. Suggs won Super Bowl XLVII as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

“Veterans such as Terrel Suggs have been telling me just to go back and check off boxes, like the little things on film that you think may not come up but will definitely show themselves in the game,” Harris said. “It’s moments like that that may decide the game, and you definitely want to be ready to make that play.” 

Being in Miami, Florida and playing in the Super Bowl is the biggest game of Harris’ career thus far. 

Harris has a lot to look forward to as Super Bowl LIV is just days away.

“We didn’t come all the way here to Miami to participate,” Harris said. “We want to win, and I think we have a group of guys that want to do just that.” 

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