September 04, 2014

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Shelby Harris had no idea what his football future would hold when he was suspended for his final college season at Illinois State.

After spending part of his time off waiting tables in an Italian restaurant, Harris was able to get into good enough shape to persuade the Oakland Raiders to draft him in the seventh round.

Harris then showed enough in training camp and the exhibition games to earn a spot on Oakland's 53-man roster as a backup defensive lineman. Instead of viewing that comeback as an impressive feat, Harris said it is only the beginning.

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