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Former Alabama RB Najee Harris named a team captain for Steelers

Najee Harris (#22) runs the ball for Steelers during 2021 season
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He was a two-time College Football Playoff National Champion and the best statistical running back at the University of Alabama, but Najee Harris never garnered team captain honors.

He is making big moves in his second NFL season. After exploding onto the scene as a rookie, the Pittsburgh Steelers named its former first-round pick of the 2021 NFL Draft as a team captain. Harris finished second in the league among running backs for carries (307) and fourth for rushing yards (1,200). He collected 10 total touchdowns and 467 yards receiving for the Steelers.

Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh’s head coach, sees a leader in the California native. He is excited about Harris’ potential growth in the league. The Steelers offense will run through Harris as Mitch Trubisky has been named the starting quarterback for week one.

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Derrick Henry, a former Alabama standout, is the highest-paid back in the league. Harris is rising quickly as the next star.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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