Daily Sports Smile: Falcons LS Josh Harris surprised by family after making first Pro Bowl

Atlanta Falcons long snapper Josh Harris (47) and safety Duron Harmon (21) work during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Atlanta. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 30-17. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)
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Atlanta Falcons long snapper Josh Harris is headed to his first Pro Bowl. Harris will join talented rookie tight end Kyle Pitts as the lone Falcons representatives. They will head to Las Vegas for the 2022 Pro Bowl on February 6.

Harris has spent 10 seasons with the Falcons. He joined the organization after playing collegiately with the Auburn Tigers. The Pro Bowl nomination is the culmination of hard work. It is a major accomplishment that is worthy of a special celebration.  

On Wednesday, Harris was met with a special surprise from his family. He arrived home to balloons and hugs from his wife and children. Harris was all smiles when discussing the moment. He told local Atlanta radio station 92.9 The Game that it was a heartwarming gesture.

“When I opened the door, all my kids were like we are going to Las Vegas,” Harris said. … “They were fired up and it’s going to be a good trip for sure.”

Harris said he found out after Wednesday’s practice. He mentioned that the Falcons coaching staff announced the honor to the entire team. Harris was met with congratulations and support from his teammates.

“It was a really cool moment and a lot of the guys were really excited,” Harris said. “That meant a lot to me to have the support of the team. This is a position that really only gets recognition when stuff goes wrong. … To hear the congrats and the happiness from my teammates, coaches and people in the building for me, that was really special.”

Harris has a vital role with the Falcons. He is apart of the kicking operation with the special teams unit. The Falcons have made strides with the unit and Harris is a big reason for that success.

“It is well deserved and long overdue,” Falcons special teams coordinator Marquice Williams told local reporters. “He plays the game at a high level. He is great in the classroom, great in the weight room and great on the field. He is a true professional and it’s awesome.

“It’s a blessing to be apart of a team like this and having a long snapper like Josh that brings so many different tools to the table when it comes to special teams, the cover game and return game.”  

The Falcons will be back in action on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Harris will look to help the Falcons get their first home win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season.