Former Northwestern linebacker Napoleon Harris might be a superhero.
Harris helped Chicago police apprehend three murder suspects earlier this month, a spokesman for Harris told CBS Chicago. Harris, a State Senator in Illinois, owns Beggars Pizza, which has two locations near Chicago.
Harris delivered pizzas to an address in Harvey, Illinois on the south side of Chicago, where people were waiting with the intent to rob him. That didn’t go so well for them, spokesman Sean Howard said.
“They put a chokehold on the senator, but to no avail,” Howard told CBS Chicago. “They were really trying to choke him to death, and he was just too strong. He out-powered all four of them,” Howard said. “As they were all beating on him, one guy just went out of his way and really hit him hard, and Napoleon never moved. He just looked at him like Hulk Hogan, and from that the guys knew that we better get out of here, because we can’t get this guy down.”
Harris trailed his attackers and communicated with the Harvey police. They abandoned their getaway vehicle and escaped, but investigators found blood in the truck and from there tracked down the four attackers. The blood came from a Georgia man who was reported missing and later found dead, and the vehicle belonged to him.
Harris played seven seasons in the NFL from 2002-09. He was a first-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft after playing for the Wildcats.