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Najee billboard seen in Antioch before national championship originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Najee Harris became a star at the University of Alabama, but his home always will be the Bay Area. And the Bay Area couldn't be more proud of the running back as he's set to play in yet another College Football Playoff National Championship.
The star Alabama running back is a native of Antioch in the East Bay. Prior to Monday's game against Ohio State, a digital billboard of Harris has been placed in Antioch with #AntiochStrong.
A digital billboard in Antioch displays hometown favorite @ohthatsNajee22. It was placed on there by the billboard organization itself, Mesa Outdoor. Najee and @AlabamaFTBL play in the #CFBPlayoff Championship this upcoming Monday. (Photo by @antiochheraldca)
— Luke Johnson (@Scoop_Johnson) January 9, 2021
Harris, now 22 years old, was the No. 1 high school recruit in the Class of 2017 by Rivals. He rushed for 2,776 yards and scored 34 rushing touchdowns as a senior at Antioch High School. Over his final three high school seasons, Harris rushed for 7,783 yards and scored 93 rushing TDs.
After starring in high school, Harris has re-written the record books at Alabama. He has the most career rushing yards (3,764) and rushing touchdowns (44) in school history. Harris also holds the school record for yards from scrimmage (4,466) and total TDs (54). As a senior, he enters the national championship game with 1,387 rushing yards, 346 receiving yards and 27 total TDs -- 24 rushing and three as a receiver.
He finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting.
Harris will go down as both a Bay Area high school legend, and the same goes for his time at one of the most storied college football programs in the country. Win or lose Monday night, the Bay Area always will remember the name Najee Harris.