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Shocking Mugshot Shows Former Football Star's Fall From Grace After Drugs Arrest


Shocking Mugshot Shows Former Football Star's Fall From Grace After Drugs Arrest (Fresno County Jail/University of Oregon)

A former college football star's recent mugshot has to be seen to be believed.

Cliff Harris, once a standout cornerback for the Oregon Ducks who helped lead the team to a PAC 12 championship in 2010, was arrested Sunday in Northern California on charges that included drug possession. 

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In his mugshot, the once promising prospect appears anything but. Now 25, Harris is unrecognizable a half-decade out from his time as a Duck.

According to a booking report from the Fresno County Jail, Harris was in violation of his probation when police arrested him at about 1 a.m. Sunday on charges of theft of personal property under $400, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia.

The probation stems from a 2015 arrest after cops said Harris set fire to the grass in a street median. 

Harris was dismissed from the Oregon Ducks in 2011, after which he was not chosen in the 2012 draft. He had subsequent brief stints with the Eagles and Jets but has not played for the NFL since 2013.

As news of her son's arrest spread early this week, Harris' mother took to Facebook to address the situation.

"Cliff is going through a hard, low [and] difficult time. [It's] not just drugs. When he is ready he will share his story," Lizette Harris wrote in the emotional post. "Many of us wished every day that he will get his life together and I thank you for that.

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"Many of you will laugh, mock and make jokes...And it's ok if that's what you want to do.. I have no hate towards you and will continue to Love you. Regardless of Cliff going through one of the hardest times of his life, regardless of him fighting through all the demons that's trying [to] destroy him and regardless that he never became that NFL LOCK DOWN CORNER. He will always be my son."

Records indicate Harris is not eligible for bail. As of Tuesday morning, a court date had not yet been set.

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