It did not take long for newly drafted Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris to become acclimated to the team’s AFC North rivalry with the Baltimore Ravens.
As the Alabama running back was meeting with reporters over Zoom after Pittsburgh selected him with the 24th overall pick Thursday night, he was interrupted by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters.
Peters had been telling Harris to get ready to see him twice a year — even before the pick was made.
But why was the two-time All-Pro cornerback with Harris at his draft party?
Well, both players are from the Bay Area — with Harris hailing from Martinez, Calif. and Peters from Oakland, which is about 30 miles apart.
Peters also shares an agent with Marshawn Lynch, who has formed a friendship with Harris as another Bay Area running back.
Harris told the San Francisco Chronicle that he wanted to have a Bay Area crew with him on draft night, hence Peters’ presence.
It made for quite a memorable moment for Harris, who also spent most of draft day with an Oakland-based homeless shelter.
By joining a championship-caliber team and putting work into the community, the future appears bright for Harris.