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Najee Harris inspires youth in Mexico City with a football camp

Najee Harris (#22) runs the ball for Steelers during 2021 season
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He bounced around different homeless shelters in California when he was young, but tough moments grew Najee Harris into becoming the caring individual and successful athlete that he is.

Harris enters his third season in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fall.

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He had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2021 and 2022 and scored seven rushing touchdowns in both years.

Harris also showed versatility as a receiver, catching 115 passes for 696 yards and six touchdowns in two years. He made it through hard times to become a two-time College Football Playoff National Champion and a first-round NFL Draft pick. Harris gets joy from reaching out to youth in different communities and making their lives better. He took some time to go to Mexico City, Mexico, and have a football camp for the youth. The children had a lot of fun performing drills, competing on the field, taking pictures with Harris, and getting autographed jerseys from him. He brought several smiles to faces in Mexico.

Harris is looking forward to a third straight marquee season with the Steelers.

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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.

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