The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Alabama running back Najee Harris in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
He threw a draught party for kids at the homeless shelter where he grew up for many years on draught day.
Harris was chosen 24th overall in the NFL Draft on Thursday night. He returned to the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program homeless shelter to celebrate his dream come true.
In 2010, Harris, his parents, and four siblings were all homeless and shared a small room at the shelter.
Pizza, ham, football-themed decorations, cupcakes, and goodie bags were all part of the evening’s festivities. Harris paid a visit to the shelter and took pictures with the staff and residents.
Harris, according to the shelter’s leaders, is a big inspiration for the kids, and they’re grateful he’s stayed active.
“He did not let his situation dictate his future,” said Shelter Manager Siu Laulea, who worked with Harris. “It makes me feel proud and makes me enjoy my job more because I know I made a difference in someone’s life.”
Harris says he’s grateful for the exposure he’s receiving as a first-round draught pick because it will help him raise awareness for homelessness.
“Doing this really makes me and my family feel better, just giving appreciate and everything. It’s a subject, especially in the Bay Area, that needs to get shed light on. The more that we are together, the more we can make everything happen, especially in good ways. You know for me moving up I’m getting more attention, more cameras and stuff, that’s good. Because it’s shedding more light on the situation,” said Harris.