Najee Harris Respects his Humble Beginnings

Earlier this week Najee Harris was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. It was celebration time. After all those countless hours of working, practicing, sweating and sacrificing, Najee’s dream of playing in the NFL came true.

There was one important difference between Najee and the other 255 individuals who got drafted this year. Najee Harris had a pre-draft party at the GRIP Homeless Shelter – a place where Najee, his three siblings and his mother once lived. “I wanted to make sure that I could give back to the community and show them if y’all still need anything, I’m never too big or too whatever to help you guys out, I’m always going to be the helping hand,” Najee said to the GRIP staff.

In many ways, Najee had it rough growing up in Richmond, California. At different times, he found himself homeless. He spent many nights in different homeless shelters in his community. Despite the hardships, Najee excelled in school and on the football field. Coming out of high school, he was ranked the #1 football recruit. Three years later he was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. Not too shabby.

Joe’s Perspective: This is an amazing story. From everything I have read, this kid is humble, kind and respectful. He never lost sight of where he came from or how other’s helped him when he needed help. And he has pledged to never forget. Najee is working on forming a nonprofit organization in Richmond and hopes to continue giving back to the shelter in the years to come. “There was a time I needed a helping hand,” Najee confessed. “They gave us an opportunity to get back on our feet. So it is my job to give back,” This kind of perspective is pretty impressive. Bravo. Najee just gained a life long fan in me.

Your Turn: After reading this blog, what are your thoughts about Najee Harris?


Comments 24

  1. He is a very humble person who hasn’t let the fame get to him. He still cares and gives hack to his community because he still wants to be a part of the place that made him who he was

  2. after going through everything he’s been through, and getting drafted he won’t change no matter how “big” he gets. he’s very caring

  3. That he is still gonna help his community out. Because they helped his family get back on their feet. He is very humble and sweet for honoring the place he grew up in.

  4. From reading the article I think what makes him very humble and a very caring person is that he doesn’t care about like any fame and stuff and he just wants to help people because for what they’ve helped him in his past life he wants to give back that appreciation

  5. He is very humble and doesn’t let himself be blinded by his fame and he decides to share his wealth and help others

  6. What I like about him is how no matter what he’s been through and what he got, he doesn’t let it go over his head. He appreciate what things he has and stays completely humble.

  7. He is a super grateful and humble person, showing respect to the people who took him and his family in at a low point in his life. He is doing the right thing.

  8. Najee is a very humble and caring person. Although he is making something of himself he hasn’t lost sight of the others from when he has come from.

  9. After all the fame and success he still stays humble and gives back to his community shows what others should strive to be.

  10. it is very important to highlight how he never lost sight of his background and origin, even with the fame and achivements he never forgot who helped him and was always grateful

  11. i noticed he is a humble person and really stayed positive throughout his situations. he also didn’t let fame get in the way of his humbled self.

  12. He does well in staying a success in his sport for football and has yet let his fame get to him by staying the humble person he is

  13. I think that he is a very humble and caring person and he didn’t let fame get in the way of giving back to the community.

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