Up close and Personal

This 6-foot-3, 271-pound rookie DE comes to the Bears from a strong program at Pittsburgh where he played with LB Bryan Knight. Harriott was born in Jamaica but moved to Belle Glade Florida at the age of six.<p>

While at Glades Central High School high school, Claude Harriott was named Palm Beach County Defensive Player of the Year. He was also first team all-Area, All-District and All-County as well as second team All-Florida. As a senior, Harriott tallied 100 tackles, including 12 sacks. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Honor Roll.

At Pittsburgh, Harriott started 25 of his last 26 games, appearing in a total of 47 contests for the Panthers. Senior year at strong-side, he finished with 35 tackles, 7 TFLs, 2 sacks, 1 FF, and 6 PBUs as well as one partially blocked punt. His college total was 154 tackles (94 solos) 13.5 sacks, and 37 TFLs.

Harriott is the son of Cecelia and Desmond Hilliard of Belle Glade, Florida.

Where is your off season residence?
Belle Glade Florida, where I grew up.

Marital status:

The car I got junior year in college. It's a Mercury Mountaineer. I love it. I'm not replacing it anytime soon.

Right now I'm looking for a poetry club in Chicago. I plan on attending it if I can face the traffic getting to and from downtown. Other than that, I like hanging with my teammates. It's a good way for us to learn about each other.

Favorite food:
Just about anything in Jamaican cooking, but particularly the sausage.

Favorite breakfast:
Bacon, eggs scrambled with cheese, pancakes and lots of it.

Favorite music:
I like just about everything, R & B, gospel, reggae, rap. I have eclectic tastes.

Favorite television show:
Are you kidding? I'm a rookie. I don't have time to watch TV.

Favorite movie:
I just saw Shrek 2 and loved it.

Favorite sport other than football:
I like watching the Williams sisters play tennis. They're from my part of Florida so it's like they are neighbors. I also enjoy basketball.

Favorite football play:
That's easy, a sack.

First/favorite football memory:
When our team won the state high school championship in ‘98. What a moment!

How is your work ethic:
I give my all to everything I do.

Who is your sports hero:
Reggie White. I like his views on life as well as on football. He believes that everything is in God's hands.

Closest friend on the team:
Bryan Knight, of course, and I am becoming friends with the other rookies. Tommie Harris, who is also a preacher's son, is a friend and so is Alain Kashama. But for some reason, I always have trouble pronouncing Alain's last name.

First job:
It wasn't really a job as I volunteered. With the help of my pastor, I opened the local church gym for kids who were looking for a place to go. There was a real need for that in my hometown. There wasn't any place to go in the evenings. This kept the teens and pre teens off of the streets and gave them a chance to do something that was fun.

College major:
Communications and rhetoric.

What are your plans after football?
I am thinking of maybe going into coaching. That would be a good use of my major and my football skills. But my father is an ordained minister and I've grown up watching him. He makes me think that perhaps public speaking might be a career path, too.

Any pet peeves?
Not yet, I'm an easygoing guy. I'll be sure to let you know when I get one, though.

What did you do with your signing bonus?
I didn't buy anything that's for sure. I'm very conservative. I helped my parents pay some of their bills then I put the rest of it away. I think it's pretty easy top get carried away when you are new to the NFL. You see the money and think its going to last forever. I try to save and to live within my means.

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