The life of a long snapper is far from glamorous. One is expected to live in the shadows of their teammates, normally only getting noticed when a miscue is committed. Clark Harris, a former Rutgers tight end the current long snapper for the Cincinnati Bengals, was in the spotlight this past week and didn’t disappoint.
In Miami for the Pro Bowl, Harris attempted to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest recorded snap, which he said was 33 yards. After a couple of tries, Harris sent off a snap that sailed 36 yards, eight inches before falling to the ground.
“Lifelong dream right here. Honestly is really is,” Harris said afterward.
— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 2018
After getting selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 243rd overall pick (seventh round) in the 2007 NFL Draft, Harris bounced around the league, often ending up on practice squads. He finally attained a measure of stability in 2009 when he signed with the Bengals to be their long snapper. He’s been a quiet, steady contributor ever since, and was selected to his first Pro Bowl this season.
Harris earned first-team All-Big East honors in 2004-’05, and finished his college career with 143 catches for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdown catches.