There have been plenty of great stories about Najee Harris ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Before Alabama‘s Pro Day, we learned that the Crimson Tide star running back drove nine hours to Tuscaloosa after his flight was canceled so he could be there to support his teammates even though he was not scheduled to work out.
Now, we are learning how Harris spent NFL Draft night before he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 24 overall pick.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated, Harris attended a draft party at Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) where he and his family used to live.
“There was a time I needed a helping hand. They gave us an opportunity to get back on our feet. So it is my job to give back,” Harris told reporters.
Harris reportedly attended the party with food for the residents.
“It was really emotional for my mom. Almost as if she was crying, in a way, because we have a lot of memories here. That was a time in my life when it was really low.”
Whatever team drafts Alabama's Najee Harris is getting a special person. Today he threw a draft party for kids at the homeless shelter where he lived for several years growing up. He told me it was emotional the first time he went back to visit. @kron4news #NFLDraft #RollTide pic.twitter.com/JadBIFh4pd
— Kylen Mills (@KylenMills) April 30, 2021
It is always great to see someone from humble beginnings remember where they came from at one of the best moments of their life.
And it doesn’t look like Harris will stop giving back anytime soon.
According to reports, Harris plans to immediately get involved in the Pittsburgh community when he arrives to begin his NFL career.
RB Najee Harris, whose family struggled w/ homelessness at one point, commits already to be a significant part of the #Pittsburgh community. Says when he got to Alabama, the first thing he wanted to know is "What is the poverty rate and what can I do?"
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) April 30, 2021
The NFL Draft resumes on Friday night and will run through Saturday, May 1.