Ex-Glacier star, UM football player Andrew Harris dead at 22

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Glacier High School and Kalispell athletics, along with the University of Montana Department of Athletics and the Grizzly football program, are mourning the loss of redshirt-senior student-athlete Andrew Harris of Kalispell.

Harris, 22, was found in his Missoula residence on Tuesday. His cause of death is being investigated by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office as a possible suicide.

“All of us in Grizzly Athletics were saddened to hear of Andrew’s passing,” University of Montana director of athletics Kent Haslam said in a press release. “On behalf of our department and the more than 300 student-athletes here at UM, we send our deepest condolences and heartfelt thoughts to the Harris family, and all those who knew and loved Andrew.”

Harris was a first-team all-state defensive end on the 2014 state champion undefeated Glacier football team. He also played basketball and competed in track for the Wolfpack.

“Glacier High is deeply saddened by the passing of Andrew Harris,” Glacier High School activities director Mark Dennehy said.

“He was an outstanding player that helped lead the ’Pack to the state football championship in 2014. He certainly carried on the great tradition of the Harris family as a stellar player. He possessed outstanding speed, strength and quickness that led him to all-state recognition. We certainly miss Andrew and the Wolfpack family will bind together as we grieve this terrible loss.”

Harris began his career at Montana in 2015 as a redshirt freshman and was getting set to enter his senior season as a Grizzly.

During his four years at UM, Harris played in 11 games at both linebacker and defensive end, registering one tackle and a half-sack.

Playing football at UM was a family tradition for Harris. His father Greg Harris was a standout for the Grizzlies from 1971-1975 before playing in the NFL for the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers. Harris’ older brother Josh also played for the Grizzlies from 2008-2012 as a defensive end.

“Any time we lose a member of the Grizzly brotherhood, it’s a sad day,” Montana head coach Bobby Hauck said.

“The Grizzly family will continue to mourn the passing of Andrew Harris, but right now our primary concern is for his immediate family, their well-being and their privacy. Our prayers are with them.”

Grizzly Athletics will observe a moment of silence for Harris ahead of tonight’s men’s basketball game against Idaho State.

A celebration of Harris’ life for friends and family will be held at Canvas Church, 255 Summit Ridge Drive in Kalispell on Saturday at 1 p.m. The family suggests memorials in Andrew’s name be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Counseling services and other resources are available to all University of Montana students, student-athletes, faculty and staff seeking counseling during this difficult time. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-273-8255.

See page A4 for the Harris obit.

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