Kansas City, April 28, 2017: Charles Harris has come a long way from his days playing football as a Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Blue Tiger at the Interscholastic League stadium.
Mr. Harris returned to his alma mater to celebrate his first-round selection by the Miami Dolphins during the 2017 National Football League draft on Thursday evening, April 27. He was the 22nd pick of the event.
Harris joined Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell, Lincoln Prep Principal Steve Evans and a large crowd of students, staff, fellow alumni, former coaches, family, community members and members of the news media in the school gym to mark the next stage in his career as an athlete.
Mr. Harris was a star basketball and football player at Lincoln Prep and graduated in 2013. He went on to attract national attention as a defensive end for three seasons at the University of Missouri.
Hosting the NFL draft watch at Lincoln Prep was an opportunity for Harris to show his gratitude for the individuals who supported him through many years of hard work to reach this point.
“I missed out on a lot of things my friends were doing. I surrounded myself with people that I knew would always be loyal to me; people that would do their best to hold me down because none of this has been easy,” Harris said. “I just want to create a better life for my family and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m beyond thankful for everyone who has contributed to my journey and only by the grace of God did I have the strength to get here and I won’t ever take it for granted.”