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College GameDay shares emotional story of how an 8-year old fan inspired Alabama RB Najee Harris

Najee Harris runs for an Alabama touchdown versus Ole Miss
MFB Alabama vs Ole Miss Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) Photo by Kent Gidley

Last week against Ole Miss, Najee Harris posted a career day on the ground, gashing the opposing defense for 206 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Alabama’s offensive line was motivated entering the game after a pedestrian showing on the ground the previous game against Texas A&M, but Harris had a little extra motivation during the game.

ESPN’s College GameDay ran the story of Harris’ inspiration from an eight-year-old fan named Braxton Weidman, who is battling a brain tumor. Despite the illness, Weidman’s strength is profound and so is his love of the Alabama Crimson Tide and his favorite player Harris.

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Ahead of the Ole Miss game, Weidman had the opportunity to speak with Alabama head coach Nick Saban and received multiple messages from Harris.

During the story, Harris mentioned that Weidman’s support of him and the team inspired him to put up a huge game so he can make him proud.

And following this story, Weidman will surely inspire even more people around the country.


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 Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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