After experiencing homelessness, Najee Harris becomes an advocate

USA Today

Steelers rookie running back Najee Harris was homeless for much of his childhood, and now he’s using his platform to advocate for children in the same situation.

Harris met with California Governor Gavin Newsom recently and spoke about homeless services in his home state.

“I am not a politician, I am just here to shed light on the situation of homeless and hunger in California. We are all in position to help, I know I am, of course these guys up here are,” Harris said, via East County Today. “Me and my family were once homeless moving around the Bay Area—San Francisco, Richmond, Pinole, Hercules, Sacramento, I mean the list goes on and on. But we were evicted numerous times and had to stay in homeless shelters, friends houses, cars but as family we stuck together and made it through these tough times. Now I am in position to help people who were once in my shoes.”

Harris, whom the Steelers chose with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, had a draft night party at a Bay Area homeless shelter where he stayed as a child.

10 responses to “After experiencing homelessness, Najee Harris becomes an advocate

  1. Opposite of Leveon Bell…who came in the league with aspirations of being a rich rapper.

  2. Hopefully the people who are constantly lying about the homeless situation in California, with all of their falsehoods about poop and drug needles in the streets, will take Najee’s message to heart. The homeless should be treated with compassion and help, instead of being used as political fodder.

  3. I’m no Steelers fan, but I LOVE this guy! Grounded, humble and wanting to help the homeless as much as he can. Go Najee – Rooting for you!!

  4. Seems like a great guy. I hope he has a long and successful career in the NFL and beyond.

  5. Wish him success, but he’s coming into a bad situation with a patchwork offensive line and an aging quarterback who should have retired.

  6. A great work ethic and he hasn’t forgotten where he comes from. 2 years ago without Connor or Roethlisberger, the Steelers managed a winning season. Last season being forced into a week 3 bye and having multiple games moved because other teams wouldn’t follow Covid protocol and they are still the AFC North Champs. Harris is a guy that knows how to handle adversity on a team who knows how to handle adversity.

  7. Antonio Brown also experienced homelessness as a youth.

    It’s probably even a bigger occurrence than most people know.

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