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From the Steelers Locker Room: Najee Harris Didn’t Know NFL Teams Could Tie, Had to Be Told Game Was Over



PITTSBURGH — A tie was never supposed to be in the cards. However, the Steelers inexplicably tied with the winless Detroit Lions on Sunday in a horrendous affair. Neither team felt like they wanted to win the game, and it ended in that exact result. Both teams come out of the game with neither a loss nor a win, but a hapless tie.

However, for some young players in the league who have never experienced a tie, it can be a new experience. In fact, some rookies may not even know that a tie is truly possible in the NFL. That is exactly what happened for Steelers rookie RB Najee Harris.

“Yeah, this is my first time (in a tie),” Harris said. “I didn’t even know you could tie in the NFL. In my mind, I was sitting there ready with another quarter to go. However, someone came up to me and said ‘that’s it’. So, that’s new. I’ve never had a tie before.”

As a veteran who has experienced ties before in the NFL, Cam Heyward is no stranger to the moment. To give a message to the young guys who have never experienced a tie before, Heyward believes he can foster a winning culture through it. More importantly, it can be a learning experience for them.

“I would say that there are things we can improve on,” Heyward said of his message to the young players. “Not enough plays were made by us to win the game: offense, defense, and special teams. I know it’s a tie, but if it’s not a win I don’t really think you can hang your hat on that”

The Steelers will face a stout Chargers team. With a few key injuries and the question marks at quarterback moving forward, the Steelers are still looking for answers overall.