Steelers’ Najee Harris refutes ‘MNF’ report he slept on floor in college: ‘I slept on my bed’

Steelers rookie running back Najee Harris commanded a significant portion of the Monday Night Football broadcast early in the Steelers Bears game, though not necessarily for his heroics on the field.

Much of the discussion at the booth between Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, and Brian Griese revolved around Harris’ childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he and his family were occasionally homeless before he entered Antioch, California High School became famous and later the University of Alabama.

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Levy also mentioned during the broadcast that Harris had slept on his dorm floor for his first few months in Alabama as he had got used to growing up. In fact, articles from the San Francisco Chronicle and DK Pittsburgh Sports indicate that Harris slept on the floor during his childhood.

But Harris denied ever sleeping on the floor in Alabama in a tweet sent after the Steelers’ 29-27 win on Monday:

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It appears Levy messed up his Alabama players: Josh Jacobs, a former Crimson Tide running back who also tackled homelessness in Oklahoma, actually slept on the floor during his first few months in Alabama.

An excerpt from a Bleacher Report 2018 article by Adam Kramer agrees with Levy’s on-air report:

“When he arrived in Alabama, Josh Jacobs spent his first few months sleeping on the floor in his dormitory. Not because he didn’t have a bed in his father’s maroon Chevy Suburban, he was more comfortable there. “

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ESPN’s decision to focus on Harris early on its “MNF” show coincided with an article by Brooke Pryor describing the help he and his family provided to the Greater Richmond, Calif. Interfaith program have, one of several homeless shelters they stayed in during his childhood.

Harris’ story is well documented, including the fact that he hosted his draft day party in the same homeless shelter. Still, it’s strange how Levy mixed up the Harris and Jacobs stories, especially on the Monday Night Football stage.

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