Steelers Rookie Najee Harris Had No Idea Game Could End In A Tie

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When you play football at Alabama, you’re rarely involved in close games so overtime games are about as common as War Eagle tattoos in Tuscaloosa. Steelers rookie running back Najee Harris, a product of the Crimson Tide, played in just one overtime game in his four years on campus. So forgive him if he’s not overly familiar with how post-fourth quarter game play works now that he’s in the NFL.

Following Pittsburgh’s 16-16 tie with Detroit on Sunday, Harris admitted that he wasn’t even aware it was possible to tie in the NFL.

“I didn’t even know you could tie in the NFL. In my mind, I was sitting on the bench saying, ‘I’ve got another quarter to go,'” Harris told ESPN’s Brooke Pryor.

Instead, after a scoreless 10 minute overtime period, both teams headed back to their locker rooms, not knowing how to feel.

The rookie running back finished the game with 105 yards rushing and another 28 yards on the ground. He was looking forward to adding to those numbers, “but someone came to me and said, ‘That’s it.’ I’ve never had a tie in my life before,” said Harris.

With the tie, Pittsburgh slides into second place in the AFC North with a record of 5-3-1, and Najee Harris neither wins nor loses. Guess he’ll have to settle for how he played the game.



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Written by Anthony Farris

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