Najee Harris isn’t the first, and won’t be the last, NFL player who came from dire circumstances. We’ve all seen the documentaries about players who grew up in a one bedroom house with five other siblings. Where young athletes were forced to walk miles with their equipment just to get to practices in the summer.
These stories aren’t anything new to the NFL landscape.
If you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and watched the Najee Harris ‘Road to the Pros’ documentary series, you know about Harris’ upbringing. He bounced from home to home, his family often facing eviction, and there were moments when they didn’t have a place to call home.
Again, these types of stories are all too common in professional sports, but Harris is trying to do everything he can to help others avoid the same problems he faced as a youth. Most recently Harris met with Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, to discuss the homeless situation in the state.
Check out the video which was released by the office of the governor, and features Harris:
.@ohthatsNajee22 is an inspiration. He experienced homelessness & eviction at a young age and is now paying it forward.— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) June 29, 2021
Homelessness can be solved & California is tackling it through Homekey. pic.twitter.com/Y4ZqfNKRMS
Harris is a very genuine person, and you can see his sincerity about trying to rectify the situation so others don’t have to endure what he did growing up in the Bay area.
This isn’t the only community outreach Harris does. He has partnered with several organizations and causes in California, and is already starting to make an impact in the Pittsburgh area.
While Harris is unproven as a player in the National Football League, he seems to have already passed the test as a quality human being who is doing everything he can to better the situation for others.
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