Meet the Crows Monday

Cornerback Nick Harris

Photo by Katie Harris

Welcome to Meet The Crows Monday – a weekly segment that brings the #CrowNation closer to the team.

This week’s Monday morning blues are cured by none other than Crows Defensive Co-Ordinator – Nicholas Harris. Some say that Nick spent most of his first 50 years on earth studying the defenses of the NFL and pouring that knowledge into his own defensive scheme, others say he’s not even 50 yet.  What we know for certain is this; between spending time on his private yacht sipping expensive brandy and smoking cigars, Old Man River Harris is an original Crow.

Name: Nick Harris
Position: Cornerback
Number: 23

How long have you been playing Flag Football?
I played with the Chichester Sharks way back in 2001 for a few years, but had a long break from the sport after relocating to Manchester in 2005.

How did you come to join the Manchester Crows?
When I moved up here, I would ask the Manchester Titans a couple of times a year if they were planning on having a flag team. They’d always either ignore me or say no, until a few years ago they said “Some guy called Dave Underwood’s been asking that too, maybe get in touch with him”. So I did, Dave had already found Phil & Rob and our first training session was set up.

If you weren’t playing Football, what sport would you be involved in?
Without Football, my world would be a dark and sportless place.

What is your favourite pre-game meal?
Porridge with golden syrup, and a proper cup of tea.

What is your favourite cookie?
Oreos are my kryptonite, but you can keep your fancy flavours. Double-stuff or GTFO.

What is your favourite Manchester Crows photo?
It was our first home tournament as the Crows, the weather was fantastic and we’d finished our games for the day. We heard the sweet jingle of the ice cream van and the guys’ faces lit up. In the end we’re just big kids playing ball and that’s why I love these guys.

The most underrated Crow is…
Skorn; the guy’s got the strength of Harambe in his glass fingers and can play anywhere.

The funniest moment from last season was…
Nige’s Safety against the Titans. He nearly collapsed under the weight of us jumping on him in celebration and had no idea why we were doing it.

Which team(s) do you look forward to playing against?
I look forward to every game like it’s Christmas Morning…
The Sheffield Giants push us the most and I love that, Mansfield Honey Badgers is always a great contest in excellent spirits, Vipers for the bants and the constant need to adapt, Bears for more bants and the epic twitter battles, the Titans always have fun with flag, the Cavaliers get better every time we play them and there’s always the chance to earn a new nickname from the Wigan Warhawks.

Which Crow has the worst pre-game routine?
Rob’s pre-game routine consists of hitting the snooze-button 20/30 times, Dave takes 30 minutes to get his shoes on and Phil’s hair is “a three stage process”.

An interesting fact about yourself?
I haven’t taped my fingers for 2 seasons.

My goal for this season is…
For our defense to give up the fewest points in the MEC, have all my interceptions recorded and to run in a pick 6 that actually counts.

Who is your NFL counterpart?
I’m going to say Terrence Newman – He doesn’t make the headlines like Sherman or Norman, you don’t hear much about him beyond his age… but he’ll still shut you down.