NU football star running for Congress

November 27, 2012

The Associated Press

AP Photo/Orlin Wagner
In this 2008 file photo, Kansas City Chiefs' Napoleon Harris is seen at training camp. The former Northwestern football star, who went on to play seven seasons in the NFL, has announced he is running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., in Illinois' 2nd Congressional District. Harris was just elected to the Illinois Senate.

Former Northwestern University football star 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.

Harris is a Dixmoor native who was a first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2002 and played seven seasons in the NFL. He now owns two Beggars Pizza franchises in the Chicago area.

Harris is joining what's expected to be a crowded field bidding to replace Jackson, who resigned last week — citing his ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder.

Harris praised Jackson and says he'd like to continue the work he's done in Congress.