The long-snapper: How to anonymously make $1 million in the NFL – Cincinnati Bengals Blog – Cincinnati Benegals News

The long-snapper: How to anonymously make $1 million in the NFL – Cincinnati Bengals Blog – Cincinnati Benegals News

CINCINNATI — Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was heading out of a meeting one day when he spotted long-snapper Clark Harris chatting with the other specialists.

Kirkpatrick started to wonder what kinds of things a long-snapper would discuss in a meeting.

“How much time do you [need] to know that you’ve just got to snap the ball?” Kirkpatrick asked.

Kirkpatrick decided he had no idea what snappers actually do all day. He doesn’t see them post workout videos on social media, like the Steelers’ James Harrison does. So their time doesn’t seem consumed by working out.

So what is it they actually do?

That’s the million-dollar question for Harris, one of up to 14 snappers in the league who stand to make that much or more this season.

He has spent years convincing fans and teammates alike that, yes, he does actually practice.

“If someone ever finds out I play for the Bengals, they’re like ‘Oh really, what’s your name?’ I tell them and they say, ‘I’ve never heard of you,’” Harris said. “I say, ‘Well, then I’m doing my job.’ I always get a little chuckle out of that.”

On most days, Harris is on the side field with the other specialists, snapping on punts, field goals and PAT attempts. For a while during the preseason, he had more to do when the Bengals carried three…

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