Playmaker Star Harrison Phillips, setting a shining example of youth mentorship

Harrison Phillips’ childhood dream has come true, and he is paying it forward in so many ways!

From the age of 12, Harrison was focused on a singular goal – he wanted to play in the NFL. After graduating from Stanford in 2017, Harrison started 2018 with his draft to a major league team – The Buffalo Bills. Harrison had many accomplishments while playing football at Stanford, all while carrying a full load of classes to complete his double major. You can read about Harrison’s early years – The NFL was always his why.

Draft Night Celebration 2018

On the field his nickname is Horrible Harry, out in the community he is far from it.

Young people need to reach for the stars. Youth mentors like Harrison Phillips who demonstrate honesty, upstanding character traits, and commitment to their family and team of supporters are the living examples of the core of The Playmakers principles. Harrison was interviewed before the recent My Cause My Cleats game explaining why he has chosen The Playmakers as his cause.

In this video, Harrison talks about how working with our Lil’ Pups fulfills him: “When I met these kids in third grade, most of them were at a first grade reading level, and by the time they were leaving fifth grade, they were on pace and reading at a fifth grade level. That was remarkable in itself but to see the character change and the maturity that came along with that….to meet a 3rd grader who wouldn’t look me in the eye and didn’t care anything about me, to coming back and they want to shake my hand, look me in the eye and ask me questions in such a respectful way. Those type of things give me so much encouragement and hope for the future of these young people.”

  • Tutoring in the classroom
  • Coaching on the playground
  • Demonstrating strength of character and giving back to “pay-it-forward”

Coach Roz was invited to attend a December game in New York where a special event took place that brings The Playmakers some national exposure.

All Buffalo Bills players had the chance to bring awareness to charitable causes that are important to them. During the Week 14 game against the New York Jets, players wore custom cleats as part of the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats (MCMC) campaign.  The initiative is a culmination of collaborative work between the NFL and players across the league to showcase the work that our players are doing in the community.

“Harrison is like my own son and I am so proud,” Coach Roz (Greg Roeszler)

With his new life in New York with the Bills, Phillips’ role is shifting, and he is excited to highlight The Playmakers from a much larger platform. We are so appreciative for this young man and the assistance he has provided for our organization.

You can read more about Harrison’s History with Playmakers here.

Harrison has continued helping his new community with the Buffalo Bills. He joined in on the NFL Flag Football powered by USA Football. helping mold healthier kids, more engaged families, and a closer community.

You can visit Harrison’s website and follow him here.

Coach Roz and Harrison Phillips visiting one of Playmakers Sponsors Chicago Fire
While still at Stanford, Harrison dropped in for visits with the kids.
Coaching young Playmakers for some Flag Football Fun!
Running Drills on the playground
After receiving the Allstate Community Award, Harrison hands out hats and gloves to Playmaker students.
Kids are full of curiosity – and Harrison was happy to answer all their questions.
Harrison – you made a BIG difference in young lives today.
Once a Playmaker, Always a Playmaker