Najee Harris held draft party at homeless shelter where he spent time

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Najee Harris is never going to forget where he came from to get here, a national champion and the 24th overall choice in Thursday’s NFL draft.

The new Steelers running back lived in a small room at a Bay Area homeless shelter with his parents and four siblings some eight to 10 times during 2010. He returned Thursday to sponsor a draft party at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, bringing a food donation with him.

“There was a time I needed a helping hand,” Harris said, via Kylen Mills of KRON 4. “They gave us an opportunity to get back on our feet. So it is my job to give back.”

Harris serves as an example of someone who didn’t let his situation dictate his future. He graduated from Antioch High School and broke Alabama’s rushing record before the Steelers drafted him.

Harris celebrated his success by returning to one of the places where his journey started, giving thanks while providing hope.

“Doing this really makes me and my family feel better, just giving appreciation and everything,” Harris said. “It’s a subject, especially in the Bay Area, that needs to get shed light on. The more that we are together, the more we can make everything happen, especially in good ways. You know for me moving up, I’m getting more attention, more cameras and stuff, that’s good, because it’s shedding more light on the situation.”

20 responses to “Najee Harris held draft party at homeless shelter where he spent time

  1. Sounds like a Steeler. Think he’s going to be a great one on and off the field.

  2. And this guy is the kind of character guy you draft. Not a steelers fan, dont know much about this kid- but I like him already.

  3. “Harris serves as an example of someone who didn’t let his situation dictate his future.“


  4. Hands down. Best story of this draft. Hats off to the Steelers for making it happen. Talk about character, I’m sure the team and player wont be disappointed. Bengals fan here. Kudos to this fine young gentleman.

  5. There needs to be more stories like this told I am sure there are hundreds if not thousands of people doing the right thing. But until some media decide that telling up lifting stories of hope and success over the the system is broke and works against “insert person here” is better for all it won’t happen. Let face it some don’t want people to feel like they are in control of their own destiny.

  6. Steeler Fan here, couldn’t be happier with this pick. Watched a lot of Alabama games and always liked his effort. Class person should fit right in in the Steel City.

  7. Broke kid gets rich = buy stuff.

    This kid, gets rich = Gives back.

    That’s an incredible maturity level. To admit your parents failures, not hide them or even make excuses for them. To have a horrific experience and instead of running away as fast as possible to a rented Suite, to actually go back to that place, share and plan to give back. Wow !


    Remarkable. This kid was wealthy before the draft even began…people over everything.

  8. I really wish that Miami would have drafted him, he is going to be one of the great ones.

  9. Now this is a player everyone can get behind and truly support- well done young man

  10. Big up and blessings Najee! That’s such a wonderful thing to do. Hope you and the residents had a great draft party.

  11. His on field performance will decide his fate as a football player. But a man of such good character and a good head on his shoulders will do well in life regardless and the Steelers fans can be happy to have him on their team. Get the young man involved with the community as soon is practical. He will be a credit to the organization. Good luck to you

  12. This kid is a straight up dude. How impressive is he. If someone says something bad about him it speaks more about the person who’s talking.

  13. The big question is how he’s going to fit in with this dysfunctional organization.

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