Linebacker Tim Harris, wide receiver Greg Jennings to join Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
GREEN BAY – Tim Harris, the Green Bay Packers' single-season sacks leader, and receiver Greg Jennings, who scored two touchdowns in Super Bowl XLV, will be the newest members of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc.'s 51st induction banquet is scheduled for Sept. 1, 2022, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Information on tickets will be provided later.
The Packers drafted Harris, a linebacker, in the fourth round in 1986 and he made an immediate impact, getting eight sacks during his rookie year. Over his five seasons with the Packers, Harris had 55 sacks in 76 games, putting him fourth overall on the team's career sack list. He set the team's single-season record with 19.5 sacks in 1989. The "Cardiac Pack" was 10-6 in 1989, the team's best record since 1972, and just missed the playoffs.
In a media call on Monday, Harris was surprised to learn he still held the Packers' single-season sack record.
"I thought somebody had beaten me by now. That is very good to hear," Harris said.
Harris credited speed with his success getting to quarterbacks 81 times in his 10-year career with three teams.
"I remember when I first got to Green Bay and we were doing the skeleton drill. (Head coach) Forrest Gregg told me to rush the passer and, if I didn’t do good there, I’d be on the next bus to Memphis," Harris said. "I made the team that day, actually."
Harris was known for his six-shooter sack dance and firing up the crowd, as evidenced in this YouTube video of a game against New Orleans during which he wore a microphone.
"I loved that (six shooters move). Fans were like the 12th man on the field. They helped you win games," he said.
Harris played five seasons with Philadelphia and San Francisco, where he had a 17-sack 1992 season, the third-best season for a 49ers player. He got a Super Bowl ring when the 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX at the end of the 1994 season.
Jennings was selected in the second round of the 2006 draft. He played 96 games over seven seasons for the Packers, catching 425 passes for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns, including two in Super Bowl XLV, when Green Bay defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. Jennings finished his career with two seasons in Minnesota and one in Miami.
More than the two touchdowns, Jennings said the highlight of the Super Bowl game was a third-and-10 catch he made late in the game, after Pittsburgh pulled to within three points of the Packers, who were on their 25 yard line. The play picked up 31 yards and the drive ended with a field goal and the Packers victory.
"You have to understand the climate of where we were at that moment; being in the huddle and having your quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, look at you and say, 'I'm coming to you.' It was the biggest catch of my career, hands down," Jennings said.
Both men said they are honored to be the 165th and 166th selections to the Packers Hall of Fame.
"You invest so much time and energy in just being an effective player, let alone one of the best players to receive an honor like this," Jennings said. "I can’t think of any that can top the Green Bay Packers."
Height/Weight: 6'6", 260 lbs.
School: University of Memphis
Drafted: Fourth round, 1986, 84th player chosen overall.
Years with Packers: 1986-1990
Notable achievements: Record 19.5 sacks in 1989 and 55 sacks in five years with the Packers. Named Associated Press All-Pro and named to Pro Bowl in 1989. Finished career with 81 sacks.
Height/Weight: 6'0", 198 lbs.
School: Western Michigan
Drafted: Second round in 2006, 52nd player chosen overall.
Years with Packers: 2006-2012
Notable achievements: Two touchdowns in Super Bowl XVL; 425 receptions and 53 touchdowns with Packers. Jennings is ninth all-time for the Packers in receptions, eighth in yards and sixth in touchdowns. He was named to two Pro Bowl teams.