Najee Harris’ style of play has long drawn comparisons to the bruising style of hard-hitting running back Marshawn Lynch, and like the five-time Pro Bowler, he’s “just about that action, boss.”
As he prepares for the 2021 NFL Draft, the Alabama running back will look to follow in the footsteps as his fellow Bay Area native.
On Tuesday, it was announced Harris has signed with Wasserman agents CJ LaBoy and Doug Hendrickson, who has represented Lynch for years, according to Sports Business Journal’s Liz Mullen. He has also signed with Beast Mode Marketing, founded by the legendary Seattle Seahawks running back.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound running back out of Antioch, California capped off his college career as one of the best running backs to ever play under legendary coach Nick Saban. Harris leaves the Crimson Tide in sole possession of four all-time records: 3,843 rushing yards, 46 rushing touchdowns, 4,624 yards from scrimmage and 57 total touchdowns.
Lynch isn’t the only Pacific Northwest legend Harris has mimicked in his game. The 22-year-old fulfilled a request by USWNT star and OL Reign midfielder and winger Megan Rapinoe after she asked him to “hurdle someone for me.”
Harris recently leapt over a Fighting Irish defender during a 53-yard gain in Alabama’s College Football Playoff Rose Bowl Semifinal between No. 1. Alabama and No. 4 Notre Dame.
When asked about why he admired Rapinoe, Harris first mentioned Rapinoe being a California native and her love for rapper Nipsey Hussle. He went on to explain how she inspires him with her activism on pay equity, LGBT rights, and more.
"Really all the stuff she stands up for. She's a feminist and how the females, how women in the world gets treated unfairly and how they get paid different and different stuff than men,” Harris said.
"She stands up for all that. I like how she does that. And obviously, the social injustice that happens, she plays a part in all that. And for her to be a woman and saying all that stuff, and it could be scary for her, for being a woman in what they will say is a man's world, and her just playing a part, standing up, not listening to all the naysayers out there and really just standing up for what she believes in, it's motivating. And it's inspirational.
"Me as a male, I guess you could say, like maybe not too many males will like say they look up to a woman nowadays. But I really look up to her, just for what she does outside of sports. And I guess I had to give her a shoutout and stuff."
Harris is currently expected to hear his name called on Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft. With the Seahawks offensive philosophy shifting again to pound the rock and Seattle's top two running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde now free agents, it's not out of the cards to think Harris could become Seattle’s next Marshawn Lynch of the future if he falls to No. 55 overall.
A running back represented by Beast Mode’s marketing company that is besties with Rapinoe? Harris’ fit in Seattle sounds too good to be true.