Instantly, every thing modified for Harris.
“I felt like I used to be having a stroke,” Harris stated Tuesday, Sept. 26. “I obtained residence and I simply keep in mind being on my iPad and my imaginative and prescient went blurry, went double. I could not see.”
A pal rushed Harris to Winter Park, and he was checked out by Vikings medical personnel with the preliminary thought it was a concussion. It wasn’t.
Checks carried out by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester decided Harris had a congenital situation generally known as mind arteriovenous malformation (AVM). The Mayo Clinic web site describes it as “a tangle of irregular blood vessels connecting arteries and veins within the mind.”
It wasn’t initially considered profession ending. When Harris arrived for coaching camp in July 2016, he was placed on the non-soccer sickness listing and had hopes of returning that season.
That did not occur, and the Vikings waived Harris final February. He had hoped to hook on with one other staff, however these ideas ended in the course of the summer time when Harris returned to the Mayo Clinic and was advised by docs he should not play once more.
Harris stated Wednesday he’ll file retirement papers with the NFL subsequent month. His profession is over after 5 seasons, the final three with Minnesota. He began all sixteen video games for the Vikings throughout their NFC North title season of 2015.
He’s anticipated to steer a traditional life. Harris is scheduled to a process carried out on the Mayo Clinic in a few month, and he stated he is been advised by docs there’s lower than a 5 % probability of getting a recurrence of AVM.
“For a very long time, I used to be actually depressed about the entire state of affairs. However I lastly am within the mild,” Harris stated. “On the finish of the day, I need to stay to be a grown man. Soccer gave me an excellent life. I had been enjoying since I used to be 10 years previous.
“When it first occurred, I did not need to speak to the media and any of my teammates, however I am in a greater place now. It took some time, however I do know my life comes over soccer.”
The have been underneath no obligation to pay Harris for the 2016 season, however he stated they agreed to provide him $four hundred,000 of his $1.9 million base wage. He already had earned a $one hundred,000 exercise bonus for the spring.
“They did not need to (pay) however my agent and me, we very a lot recognize it,” stated Harris, who made about $three.5 million his NFL profession. “I’ve accomplished properly with my cash. There are not any arduous emotions. I nonetheless love this group. I went to every house recreation this yr thus far.”
Harris, 28, is a California native however has elected to stay in Minnesota, the place he has been because the Vikings…