Newly drafted NFL running back Najee Harris threw a draft party unlike any other in league history. It’s so unique because it was at a homeless shelter. And not just any shelter, Harris hosted a party for kids at the same homeless shelter he lived at for several years growing up.
Harris brought food for everyone in the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, a homeless shelter in California, as they watched Harris’s name get called in the first round of the NFL draft. Harris became a Pittsburgh Steeler while the shelter got to see its biggest success story live out his proudest moment.
Harris lived at the shelter for several years with his parents and four siblings, before becoming the best running back prospect in the country and a national champion at Alabama.
Harris said it was emotional being back there for the first time, especially for his mom. “We have a lot of memories here,” he told a local media outlet. “That was a time in my life when it was really low.”
Whatever team drafts Alabama’s Najee Harris is getting a special person. Today he threw a draft party for kids at the homeless shelter where he lived for several years growing up. He told me it was emotional the first time he went back to visit. @kron4news #NFLDraft #RollTide pic.twitter.com/JadBIFh4pd
— Kylen Mills (@KylenMills) April 30, 2021
Harris said “there was a time I needed a helping hand. They gave us an opportunity to get back on our feet, so it is my job to give back.”
That’s part of what makes sports magical. A success story like Harris, who overcomes the odds to find greatness on a level very few people will ever experience. No matter what team you support, it will be impossible this year to root against Harris.