Alabama football: Najee Harris had a simple reason for bypassing NFL Draft

Najee Harris, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Mandatory Credit: Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports)
Najee Harris, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Mandatory Credit: Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports) /

Najee Harris made a fantastic decision to return to Alabama for his senior season.

While he could be playing on Sundays, Najee Harris returning to Alabama football has worked out.

Harris is arguably the best running on the best team in the best conference in college football. The Alabama Crimson Tide has yet to lose a game and is the presumptive favorite to win another national title under head coach Nick Saban. While many running backs opt to go pro as soon as they are eligible, Harris to the SEC Network’s Roman Harper why he came back for 2020.

“There was a lot of speculation about I wasn’t good at certain things,” said Harris. “They said I can’t catch, the said I can’t pass block, I can’t make defenders miss, I can’t break a long run. They said I’m not elusive in a way, I’m not a third-down threat. I’m just like, ‘have y’all seen the film? What y’all talking about?’”

A national championship ring will make all the critics continue to stay mum

Harris forms arguably the best offensive trio in the Power 5 with him at running back, Heisman Trophy hopeful Mac Jones at quarterback and “Mr. Everything” DeVonta Smith at wide receiver. With the defense now catching up to the offense, Alabama is the most complete team in the Power 5 and may not lose a game all season long. Harris is a big reason for that.

Keep in mind that Alabama not only missed out on the College Football Playoff for the first time in school history last year, but the Crimson Tide did not even make it to a New Year’s Six bowl. It left a sour taste in the mouths of many rising seniors in Tuscaloosa, none more so than Harris. The NFL will be waiting for him, but now is the time for Harris to bring another title to Alabama.

Harris has checked all the boxes his doubters did not think he could after his junior season.

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