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After being selected at 24th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft last night, Najee Harris had his press conference with the Pittsburgh media and one of the questions he was asked was whether he watched Jerome Bettis growing up being that he's 23 and Bettis retired 15 years ago.
"Hell yeah. What you talking about? Hell yeah. At Notre Dame, too," Harris said.
Harris also said he followed only two NFL teams when growing up in the Bay Area and they were the 49ers and the Steelers.
"Oh, man, that's dope as hell. It's dope, though, because shoot, I mean, people didn't realize it, but I only followed two teams and that was the Steelers and the Niners and that's because I actually liked those teams," Harris said. "But actually seeing Big Ben [Roethlisberger], all the Super Bowls he came into and actually seeing him perform at a high level and stuff like that and actually being able to line up with him, on the side of him and learn from him, I mean, that's an honor right there to have. I'm excited to meet them, really the staff, everybody. But Ben, of course I'm excited to meet him, too."
Bettis welcomed Harris to the Steelers running back family on Twitter this morning.
Bettis also mentioned that Harris' middle name is Jerome and said he was born to play for the Steelers.
Another Steelers Hall of Fame running back also welcomed Harris to Pittsburgh, and he just so happens to share the same last name.
"It's unbelievable the Steelers picked another Harris," Franco Harris told Teresa Varley of Steelers.com. "It's incredible. Welcome to Pittsburgh."
Harris arrived in Pittsburgh this afternoon and took a picture with Franco's "Immaculate Reception" statue at the airport.