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Najee Harris says he's been 'chopping it up' with Jerome Bettis

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Najee Harris was on the NFL Network's Good Morning Football today, and while a myriad of topics were discussed. The most noteworthy talking point was that the rookie running back reached out to former Steelers running back and Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis.

Bettis said on 93.7 The Fan earlier this week that Harris has the potential to be "much better than him." Harris was humbled by the kind words from the Hall of Famer.

"It's a lot because he's a Hall of Famer and a great person," Harris said. "A couple days ago we were chopping it up. I've talked to him to see if we can watch film together. But it's an honor."

Bettis was a power back, who plowed his way through defenders, while Harris is a weapon in both the running and passing game. Similar to how Le'Veon Bell was when he was with the Steelers.

“I just see a special football player,” Bettis told the Cook & Joe Show on Monday. "He can be much better than me. I was more one-dimensional where he is multi-dimensional. “He can block. He can run. He can catch it. He can do it all. He has a chance to be really special.”

Harris had his first 100-yard rushing game of his career this past Sunday, rushing for 122 yards on 23 carries (5.3 average) and a touchdown in the Steelers' 27-19 win over the Broncos. It was the first time that the Steelers had a 100-yard rusher since Week 7 of last year and the first time that the Steelers rushed over 100 yards as a team since Week 11 of last season.

Among rookies so far this season, Harris ranks first in carries (78), rushing yards (307), receptions (28) and scrimmage yards (505). Harris is also tied for first in rushing touchdowns among rookies with two.

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