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Former U of L and former NFL football player arrested for series of robberies

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Nathaniel Harris (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Nathaniel Harris (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Police have arrested a former U of L football player on multiple charges of robbery.

Nathaniel Harris, 31, was arrested early Sunday morning in the 1400 block of South 15th Street, near West Hill Street, which is located near the Park Hill neighborhood.

A source at U of L has confirmed to WDRB News that Harris is a former U of L football player.

Louisville and Jeffersontown police records state that Harris committed a series of robberies between Dec. 25 and Dec. 27.

Investigators say Harris went inside the businesses and handed workers notes stating that he was armed with a weapon and demanded cash.

Harris is accused of robbing the following businesses:

Red Roof Inn, 9330 Blairwood Rd. on Dec. 25

Red Carpet Inn, 1640 South Hurstbourne Pkwy. on Dec. 26

Rodeway Inn, 571 Phillips Ln. on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27

Microtel, 1221 Kentucky Mills Dr., on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27

Hannah Cleaners, 8730 Westport Rd., on Dec. 27

Harris is being held at Metro Corrections on seven counts of robbery and he is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

Harris came to U of L out of Dodge City Community College in Kansas. He had been a heralded recruit as a linebacker and running back out of Edison High School in Miami, and accepted a scholarship offer to the University of Miami. The school withdrew that offer, however, after Harris admitted in court on July 11, 2002, that he was the lookout in an armed robbery, during which he and two others used a gun to rob a man of a necklace, bracelet and ring on a street corner in the Liberty City area of Miami. 

Harris served two months in jail, plus six in the Miami-Dade County boot camp program. A judge withheld adjudication, which meant that if he completed his legal obligations, Harris would not be required to disclose the conviction on job applications in the future. 

At Louisville, he was the team's No. 2 tackler in his first season, as junior in 2005, and entered his senior year on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in college football. He led the Cardinals with 65 tackles as a senior, including two sacks and nine stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also served as defensive co-captain. 

Harris went undrafted after finishing his Louisville career, but signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and played 15 games during the 2007 season.

He was waived by Kansas City after the season and did not play in the 2008 season. In February of 2009, he was picked up by the New York Jets, who waived him before camp began in August.

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