Damien Harris was selected in the third round (87th overall) by the New England Patriots in the 2019 NFL Draft. After playing sparingly as a rookie, Harris has emerged as the No. 1 option out of the backfield for New England.
Get to know more about Harris, who is just the second running back in team history after Curtis Martin to top 1,500 yards on the ground and 13 rushing touchdowns through 25 career games:
Damien Harris' bio
- Height: 5-foot-11
- Weight: 213 pounds
- Birthdate: February 11, 1997
- Birthplace: Richmond, Kentucky
- College: Alabama
- NFL experience: 3 years
- Jersey number: 37
Damien Harris' career stats
Here are some of Damien Harris' notable career achievements and statistics:
- Rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries during first career start in Week 4 of 2020 season
- Rushed for career-high 121 yards on 22 carries in Week 10 of 2020 season
- Rushed for career-high three touchdowns in Week 16 of 2021 season
- Career totals (as of Dec. 27, 2021)
- 1,560 rushing yards
- 4.8 yards per rush
- 14 rushing touchdowns
- 18 receptions
- 136 receiving yards
Here are Damien Harris' contract details with the Patriots
Damien Harris signed a four-year contract worth more than $3.6 million with New England in June 2019.
Harris can be a free agent after the 2022 season, at age 26.
Damien Harris' college career
Harris played college football at the University of Alabama for Nick Saban.
Ranked second among running backs by ESPN in the 2015 high school class (after current Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II), Harris chose Alabama among a staggering 27 Division I offers. He was ranked as the top high school prospect from Kentucky.
Harris landed with the Crimson Tide after racking up 6,748 rushing yards and 122 touchdowns at Madison Southern High School.
Alabama played in the National Championship Game all four years Harris was on campus, winning titles following the 2015 and 2017 seasons. He served primarily as a backup to future NFL Offensive Player of the Year Derrick Henry as a freshman before serving as the team's No. 1 back the next three years.
Harris finished his career with the Crimson Tide with 3,070 yards rushing, averaging 6.4 yards per carry with 23 rushing touchdowns. He's one of nine players in Alabama's storied history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in Tuscaloosa.
Meet Damien Harris' family
Damien Harris is the only son and oldest child of Lynn Harris. He has two younger sisters.
Harris was a youth football teammate of Patriots backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham in Kentucky.