Ex-LB Harris to run for Jackson Jr.'s open seat
Former NFL linebacker Napoleon Harris is running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.
CHICAGO -- Former NFL linebacker Napoleon Harris is running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.
Harris was just elected to the Illinois Senate, but he tells the Chicago Sun-Times that he's been getting overwhelming support for his plan to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat. Jackson resigned last week, citing health reasons.
"I'm running," Harris told the newspaper. "The primary reason I chose to run for the state Senate is the heartbeat and the pulse of my constituents. But over the last few months, we've gotten overwhelming support to put my name in the ring for the congressional seat."
Harris starred at Northwestern and was a first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2002. He played seven seasons in the NFL with stops in Kansas City and Minnesota as well. He now owns two pizza franchises in the Chicago area.
Harris praised Jackson and says he'd like to continue the work he's done in Congress. The field to replace the 47-year-old Democrat is expected to be crowded.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
- Chase ends near Sports Complex; suspects sought
- Police: Driver dies in crash after fleeing 2 others 31 min ago
- Laundromat robbed in Cedarbrook
- Video captures Manayunk market break-in 13 min ago
- Carjack suspect in custody in SW Phila.
- Driver crashes into police cruiser in Wilmington
- 3rd person dies after I-95 crash in Lawrence, N.J.
- No charges against officers in teen Tasering
- DA: Charges coming in fatal frat ritual in Poconos
- Video: Flyers fans receive greatest Christmas gift
- Upping Saturday's snowfall projections
26 min ago
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos