Najee Harris now holds the record for the most rushing yards for a rookie in franchise history
Updated: Jan 4, 2022
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Najee Harris went off in Monday night's win over the Browns, as he rushed for a career-high 188 yards on 28 carries (6.7 average) and a touchdown, which went for 37 yards to close out the game. According to Next Gen Stats, Harris gained 181 of his 188 yards after contact, which is the third-most in a game in the NGS era (since 2016).
Harris also broke Franco Harris' franchise rookie rushing record in last night's game, as he now has 1,172 yards rushing on the season. Franco rushed for 1,055 yards in 1972, which was a 14-game schedule then.
Harris now ranks fourth in the league in rushing, which is truly impressive given the offensive line he is running behind. He also hasn't fumbled on 296 carries or on any of his 366 touches, which is the most in NFL history without fumbling.
Harris' 188 yards rushing against the Browns was the fourth-highest for a rookie running back in the history of Monday Night Football. In addition, Harris' 188 yard rushing performance was the second-most for a running back in a game this year. Dalvin Cook's 205 yards rushing against the Steelers in Week 14 is the most.
Ben Roethlisberger praised Harris for his performance after the game. “I’m really proud of him, it was like he ran possessed tonight. He is a special talent.”