Najee Harris told to go home from Steelers minicamp for working too hard
Former Alabama running back Najee Harris is determined to not let his work ethic be a reason he doesn’t succeed as a Pittsburgh Steelers rookie.
Pittsburgh chose Harris with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and the California native wasted little time getting to work — so much so that he was told to go home for working too much.
Steelers running backs coach Eddie Faulkner confirmed the report on a conference call that he told Harris to go home during camp because he was watching too much film.
“It is true,” Faulkner said during a recent press conference. “Number one, and let me tell you why it’s true because I’m for all the hard work and the extra. I’m all here for that. I love it. But he also has to learn, part of Najee and getting to know Najee in the draft processes, he also has to learn how to give himself breaks too. He works his butt off and sometimes it’s a reward like, ‘Hey man, go home, relax, watch TV, do something different than the football.’
“So with him, being the kind of guy he is and is engaged and always after it and always wanting to do drills and always wanting to be developed, sometimes I’m trying to help teach him, sometimes you gotta take a deep breath. So yes, that is true.”
Several are looking at Harris and asking if he can win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2021. He has all the tools necessary to be an instant-impact back for the Steelers, and with Faulkner confirming this news, it shows that Harris is more than willing to put in the time to be great, even as a rookie.