As Antioch High Grad Najee Harris Prepares To Become One Of The Top Running Backs Chosen In The 2021 NFL Draft, We Found Five Storytellers To Share Memories Of His Talent, Drive And Goofball Personality •
Najee Harris, Alabama’s star running back for the past two years, will hear his name read from the podium of the NFL Draft on April 29th or 30th. Celebration and excitement from sports fans throughout the Bay Area is sure to follow (and likely already has if you’re listening after the 30th). That’s because Harris, in addition to being one of the most prolific high school running backs in NorCal history during his four years at Antioch, was also one of the most genuine and selfless.
Teammates loved him. Opponents and rivals admired him. Nobody could stop him.
Despite a childhood filled with hardships that included several moves and homeless shelters, Harris and his family found firm footing in Antioch. And he made the most of it.
He was named CalHiSports.com’s Mr. State Football as a junior. He was the No. 1 recruit in the country his senior year as some of the most famous collegiate coaches in the nation made Antioch a frequent stop. Harris chose Alabama and spent his first two years in backup duty before becoming the feature back as a junior. As a senior, he led the Crimson Tide to a national championship as the nation’s leading scorer. He had three touchdowns in the title game.
For this episode, we spoke to Najee’s offensive coordinator at Antioch, a former Panthers teammate, a current San Jose State linebacker who lined up against him for three years in high school, his personal trainer of nine years, and CalHiSports.com editor and state prep sports historian, Mark Tennis.
What will it mean when the name Najee Harris is announced at the NFL draft? These guys have some thoughts. Their stories and memories might just make you a fan too.
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Higlights Of Najee’s 5 TD Effort vs. Milpitas (2015)
Higlights Of The 2015 Foothill Playoff Game Mentioned Multiple Times In The Episode
SportStars 2016 NorCal Football Preview Cover Featuring Najee Harris