New Orleans Saints’ Deonte Harris makes donation to two communities to fight coronavirus
By Bob Garcia
The All-Pro special teams’ standout is working with local food banks to donate meals
More New Orleans Saints players are showing true concern for the development of the public health emergency due to the coronavirus, and how rapidly it has spread in Louisiana. Last week, quarterback Drew Brees announced a donation to help businesses and its employees; now All-Pro kick & punt return specialist, Deonte Harris, is making a difference by donating close to 10,000 meals for food banks not only in New Orleans, but also in Baltimore communities – which is Harris’ hometown. Harris played high school football at Archbishop Curley in Baltimore before attending Assumption University in Massachusetts and, later, joining the Saints last year.
Harris didn’t make a huge deal out of his contributions, but his good deed was noticed by people in the media, and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweeted about it, saying, “More good work: #Saints All-Pro and Pro Bowler Deonte Harris is helping to feed the hungry in both New Orleans and his hometown of Baltimore. Working with local food banks, Harris’s financial contribution will provide over 10,000 meals to two communities in dire need.”
Harris currently holds the NCAA record as the all-time leader in combined touchdown returns with 14 and has had a great performance while playing with the Saints. His numbers for his rookie season with the Saints were outstanding – he earned AP All-Pro and NFL Pro Bowl honors and his stats for his first year in the NFL show his success. He played 14 games, scored one touchdown, accumulated 1037 all-purpose yards and had an average of 26.8 yard per kickoff return on the season. Harris was one of the four Saints players to be named to the 2019 PFWA All-NFL team.