In the NFL, Christmas is an opportunity for players to get together with their families and give back. No different than any other day of the year, some teams like Steelers’ Cam Heyward choose to bring cheer in another way by bringing a little joy into someone else’s life.
Cam Heyward is a defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He decided to bring Christmas cheer to his teammate, Najee Harris.
Getty Images/Joe Sargent On December 19, 2021, Najee Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers stiff arms Buster Skrine of the Tennessee Titans.
Cam Heyward, the captain of the Pittsburgh Steelers, contacted rookie running back Najee Harris earlier this week and inquired whether he had a Christmas tree or any Christmas lights at home.
During his Friday press conference, Harris said, “Nah, I have nothing.”
Heyward responded by saying he would purchase Harris a Christmas tree if he promised to put it up and publish a picture of it on social media, as well as forwarding the photo to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
As you can see in the video footage the Steelers put out on Friday afternoon, Harris seems to have done exactly that.
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Harris, Najee ‘The Grinch’
The sad, unexpectedly little tree, on the other hand, does not seem to have gotten Harris enthusiastic about Christmas.
On Friday, a reporter said, “Did it put you in the spirit at all?”
“I think,” Harris said before confessing that his colleagues had dubbed him “The Grinch.”
However, breaking off a long-gainer against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday would make him ecstatic.
“I texted (running backs coach Eddie Faulkner) just the other day. “I’m in desperate need of a huge run,” Harris said. “However, it takes time. I believe you can’t be too (impatient) to accomplish it.”
Harris has carried the ball 249 times this season, according to Pro Football Reference, but his best carry is just 23 yards, which occurred two weeks ago against the Minnesota Vikings. A large gain or two would certainly increase his average, which is at 3.6 yards per run. The five NFL running backs who have ran for more yards than Harris had long gains of 83, 32, 66, 70, and 76 yards, respectively. Furthermore, the league’s top rusher, Indianapolis Colts’ Jonathan Taylor (1,518 yards), has 11 runs of 20 yards or more and four carries of 40 yards or more.
Those kinds of big plays are certainly a long way off for Harris, who is working behind an offensive line that has two rookies (at center and left tackle) and is still in the process of rebuilding.
“I think we’re simply not there yet, but we’ll get there.” “It’s simply a matter of taking a chance,” Harris said.
Najee Harris | Pittsburgh Steelers | Steelers Press Conference (Dec. 24) Najee Harris discusses the upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs defense, his new holiday moniker, Cameron Heyward’s leadership and effect on the team, what he learned from the Titans game, and more. #Steelers #NFL #HereWeGo Do you like our content? Do you want to learn more? Subscribe to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ YouTube channel here: goo.gl/nAd4J2 Are… 2021-12-24T19:45:00Z
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Former Pittsburgh Steelers kicker had a tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to NFL analyst Aaron Wilson, ex-Steelers placekicker Matthew McCrane had a trial with the Philadelphia Eagles on Christmas Eve.
The Eagles exercised. McCrane, Matthew
December 24, 2021 — Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson NFL)
McCrane was hired late in the 2018 season by the Steelers to step in for an ailing Chris Boswell. In a 16-13 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, he made three of three field goal tries and his sole extra point try. He’s also played one game for the Arizona Cardinals and three games for the Raiders.
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