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Saturday, September 24, 2016

They wanted to rob the pizza guy. They did not expect a 250-pound, ex-NFL linebacker to deliver the pie.

The plan was simple: Order a pizza, rob whoever showed up to deliver the pie.

But the caper did not go as the four men expected.

That was because Napoleon Harris III, arrived with the pizza in hand. Harris is a man of many hats. Not only has he served as an Illinois state senator since 2013, he is the owner of two Beggars Pizza franchises. One of which, in Harvey, Ill., received a call just before closing time on Sept. 6.

Harris is also 6 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs 250 pounds. He was a professional linebacker for several NFL teams, including the Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings. And he would soon help authorities find suspects in a murder case.

On the Tuesday night in question, 37-year-old ex-footballer told the normal delivery person to head home, deciding to handle any late-night pies himself. A call came, the Daily Southtown reported, to the 15800 block of Paulina Avenue. What Harris did not know was that the house was vacant.

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