One of the most important days in the NFL is the draft. It determines the future of each team and player as they pursue a career in professional football.
In 2021, there were 13 players attending the draft ceremony in Cleveland. However, several top players turned down the in-person invitation and opted to celebrate at home. This includes Alabama’s record-breaking running back, Najee Harris. He got drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the draft.
Draft Day for New Steelers Player
Despite an invitation to the prestigious event, Harris opted to celebrate at home. While COVID-19 may have played a part in his decision, Harris wanted to start this new part of his life with the people who helped get him there.
The new Steelers player virtually visited “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” with guest host Rob Lowe. He talked about being drafted and how he chose to celebrate.
“I’m ready to go to work and not take anything for granted, that’s for sure,” Harris said of his recent career milestone.
Najee Harris streamed the draft broadcast at Richmond’s Gribbs Soup Kitchen. This is the same homeless shelter that the rookie stayed at with his family when he was just a kid.
“I feel like I wanted to do something that was more giving back to my community … I’m born and raised in the Bay Area, northern California. There’s a homeless shelter there that I used to stay in. Only a certain people get invited to the draft, and I was like, there’s no way in hell only this much people helped me out to get where I’m at today,” Harris told Lowe on the show.
A picture of the Bay Area event shows Najee alongside kids at the shelter. Harris emphasizes with homeless individuals, as he relates to it at a very personal level.
“And I always want to be a motivation, like a big brother, to kids like that. I understand I can’t be everyone’s big brother, but I can play some part,” Harris said.
Najee Harris Nonprofit
Najee Harris is fresh out of college and starting his professional football career. Before he’s really had a chance to play, he’s already starting his very own nonprofit in the hopes of giving back. It’s The Bigger Picture Foundation. He sells shirts and other merch on his official site. Then all the proceeds go to his foundation and different shelters. You can check out his foundation and site, here.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” also donated $10,000 to help Harris in his philanthropic mission. Harris said he’s already raised a decent amount of money for this worthy and personal cause.
“There are a lot of things I want to do, of course. I want to have a heavy focus on giving back to kids that are in need. I want to bring awareness to homelessness, of course, because I was once in that position,” Harris said on the show.
With a record-breaking career at Alabama and a mission to do good on and off the field, Najee Harris was a top pick for the future of the NFL.