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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Is he Tuff enough?

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

He was signed Aug. 19 and he's likely to be cut Friday or Saturday.

We've probably got just a small window to get to know Titans safety Tuff Harris.

I asked him to cut to the chase and he did:

"When I was a few weeks old I came down with pneumonia and almost died a few times. I stopped breathing. And a few of the times they brought me back, I was smiling. The doctor came out to talk to my parents and he said, 'Your boy is going to make it. Every time we brought him back, he kept having this little smile on him. Any kid that can go through all this is a pretty tough kid.' So they named me Tuff after that. I've been called Tuff all my life, but my real name is Chester. I was named after my grandpa and he was a pretty tough dude. They called him Chuck. He was a tough cowboy in Lodge Grass, Mont."

Harris was with New Orleans early on in training camp. After spending the first nine games of 2007 on Miami's practice squad, he was added to the 53-man roster. He dressed for two games with the Dolphins, appearing in one.

At Montana, Harris was teammates with Brandon Fisher, Jeff Fisher's oldest child.