By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis has given his approval to new Steelers running back Najee Harris who was drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.READ MORE: ‘That’s Dope:’ Steelers First Round Pick Najee Harris Looking Forward To Playing With Big Ben
Bettis was asked by media about his opinion on Harris at an 84 Lumber event celebrating students making their careers in skilled trades Tuesday morning.
Bettis spoke of Harris’ impressive career from high school to college as well as the merits of his character, where he said that Harris had been “patient.”READ MORE: New Steelers RB Najee Harris Hosts Pizza Party At Homeless Shelter Ahead Of NFL Draft
When it comes to what Harris will bring to the Steelers, Bettis predicted that he will reinvigorate the Steelers’ commitment to the “passing game” — and winning.
“But when you see him on the football field, he’s the modern NFL power back. He has the speed, he’s got the power, but he also has the hands to get out of the back field and make plays outside of that offensive line,” Bettis said. “That’s going to really help the Steelers in terms of the passing game but most importantly I think that their commitment to running the football is going to return. I think that because they have to understand: if you don’t run the football, you’re not going to win.”MORE NEWS: ‘Last Time We Drafted A Harris, It Worked Out Pretty Good’; Pittsburgh Native Billy Gardell Chats Steelers, Najee Harris, NFL Draft, And More
“I think that the Steelers understand that, they’re refocused and committed, and it was a great pick,” he added.