Harrison Foster Phillips, nicknamed “Horrible Harry,” is an American football defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills. He was drafted in the third round of the 2018 National Football League (NFL) draft. He is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, home of many GLOBAL supporters, including GLOBAL’s 2020 Ambassador, Walt Snodgrass, and Fashion Show Chairs and longtime friends of Phillips, Jill and Louis III Rotella. Before joining the NFL, Phillips attended Stanford University, where he played football and also double-majored in sociology and science, technology, and society, with a minor in education. Phillips was named team captain of the Stanford Cardinals and was part of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Honor Societies. During his time at Stanford, he achieved a nation-leading 103 tackles. Phillips was on the FWAA All-American second team and AP All-American team, the All-Pac 12 team, received the Alamo Bowl Sportsmanship award, was selected Player of the Week multiple times, and won numerous other prestigious awards.
Prior to playing college ball, Phillips was an award-winning three-sport athlete (football, wrestling, and track) at Millard West High School. A four-year letter winner for wrestling, Phillips was the 2013 National heavyweight champion and Brute Adidas national champion. While on the track and field team, Phillips was a four-year letter winner and the 2014 state runner-up in the discus event. His football career was even more impressive! Phillips was an honorary captain on the Super State first team, All-state selection team, All-Nebraska first team, and All-Metro conference first team. He represented Nebraska on the U-19 National Football Team at the 2014 International Bowl. His high school football career recorded 295 tackles (188 solo). His outstanding high school football achievements led to Phillips being the top-ranked recruit by 247 Sports, Scout and Rivals, and ESPN.
Phillips is also the Chief Operating Officer of the Playmakers Association, a non-profit that mentors, educates, and empowers kids with developmental differences, special needs, and at-risk youth. Phillips assists in events with the organization, such as three annual summer camps and a variety of speaking engagements. With locations in Omaha, Buffalo, and Sacramento, Phillips works with over 1,000 kids with developmental disabilities and special needs, devoting himself to providing opportunities for these children that they would not otherwise have. He has become a mentor for the children in the organization and is using his platform to spread awareness.