If Najee Harris is like Hines Ward, that’s only good for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
former Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Vince Williams expects running back Najee Harris to take on a bigger leadership role in his sophomore year, with the team becoming a Hines Ward of sorts.
Williams appeared The Arthur Moats experience with Deke, and touched on Harris as the ideal complement for the Steelers to build their team “not just athletically but culturally.” Harris was a former Steelers first-round pick for a reason, as he took home the doak walker in his final season in Alabama. Harris has been a team-first player type for a long time, so this isn’t really a surprise.
This is William’s quote comparing Harris to Ward, a Steelers legend who belongs to Canton.
“He gives me a lot of that Hines Ward vibe,” Williams said. “He smiles, he kisses the babies, but then he stays real in the interviews. He speaks the truth, he works hard, he is dedicated to his craft, he is no-nonsense. I think this is going to be big. I think that’s what the Steelers have from that offensive side of the ball.
Here is the episode of The Arthur Moats experience with Deke in which Williams appeared.
Vince Williams compares Najee Harris to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ legendary WR
Since his days at the University of Georgia, Ward has earned a reputation for doing anything to help his team win games. His versatility and willingness to put the team above his own accolades is why Ward is so popular in Pittsburgh and at his alma mater. As far as Harris becoming the next ward, he may emerge as the leader on the offensive side of football that the Steelers need.
Williams mentioned that the Steelers no longer have stars on offense, the caliber of Maurkice Pouncey at center and Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback. Sure, rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett will fill the leadership gap in due course, but 2022 is a perfect opportunity for Harris to take what’s his and then some. One would expect Harris to be the offensive focus this season.
Regardless of when Pickett passes Mitch Trubisky as the Steelers’ starting quarterback, the offense will only be as good as Harris lets it be. If he has a breakout season like a lot of people expect him to, Pittsburgh can potentially hang in the AFC North to stay in the playoff mix. More importantly, how Harris grows as a leader could pay dividends for this team going forward.
If Harris fulfills his potential, he could be as celebrated in Pittsburgh as Ward is to this day.
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