Former Alabama strolling again Najee Harris says he trolled followers with “Struggle Eagle.”
Najee Harris made a career for himself in Alabama – not just because of his awards in the field, but also because of his way of dealing with the media.
And Crimson Tide fans, apparently.
The 2020 Doak Walker Award winner and unanimous All-America selection said he occasionally trolled Alabama fans with the two words they fear most. He revealed this in a Wednesday interview with The Pat McAfee Show:
“I know it’s about saying ‘Roll Tide’ there,” said Harris. “But damn it, sometimes if I just get food … ‘Roll Tide. Roll Tide, Najee.’ I’ll say, “Bro, just let me eat my food.” Sometimes – I just like to joke with people – they often say, “Roll Tide, Najee.” And I’ll say, ‘Well, war eagle.’ “
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Harris’ revelation – emphasizing the southern accent and all – drew a shocked reaction from McAfee, but he was still weird at telling the story:
It is true that Harris, who hailed from Antioch, California, did not embrace the traditions and rivalries of the Crimson Tide as much as some of his teammates. Here’s another example of when he completely downplayed Tide’s main rival:
Alabama fans will likely forgive Harris, considering he’s had 3,843 career rushing yards, 781 career yards, and 57 scrimmage touchdowns over his four-year career. He also played a prominent role in the 2017 and ’20 national championship seasons.
Harris had several notable interactions with the media in 2020, including when he recalled a reporter reporting him in high school and receiving a comical response to a claim that he would “effortlessly” die in the championship game of the 2021 College Football Playoffs Ohio State Defense.
All the facets of personality that Alabama fans love – including its occasional War Eagle reputation.