PITTSBURGH — For a rookie, heading into a stadium like Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, home of Buffalo Bills, is certainly one that can be intimidating. After all, Bills Mafia is known as being a rowdy bunch that quiets for nothing. However, on the other hand, Steelers running back Najee Harris is no ordinary rookie, either. While most would cower at heading into an atmosphere like Buffalo, Harris is looking forward to embracing it.
“The funniest thing about me is I love competition,” Harris said. “I love going to other people’s stadiums because your backs are against the wall and you’re in another team’s territory. So, it’s always fun to see their faces and their eyes in the stands and then see the guys all pumped up. You come out competing, and you can silence that crowd. That’s the best feeling. Overall, we’re always looking to go out and compete. It doesn’t matter home or away, but if I had to pick, it would be away as the most fun.”
Harris specifically loves the fact that the game will be in Buffalo and against a team that was one of the best in the AFC in 2020.
“Just going out there is a perfect setting,” Harris said. “But for it to be an away game against the Buffalo Bills, a good team, I’m excited.”
While Harris has plenty of experience silencing crowds early while at Alabama, that will change in the NFL. While the Crimson Tide boat raced every opponent they encountered, including top-tier SEC conference foes, Harris knows the adjustment to the NFL in that area will certainly be coming.
“I get asked a lot what the difference between Alabama and the NFL is, and you know, at Alabama we got a lot of guys who when playing against the college football world are at a disadvantage,” Harris said. “So, to go into the NFL, there’s more fear. It’s even better to compete even more. You have to give yourself in even more. Things have to be more detailed and you have to be even better in your work.”
The Steelers will certainly have a tall task in beating the Bills and especially in silencing their fans. However, if they are able to accomplish both of those things, Harris will be a major catalyst into getting the Steelers over the hump for a potential 1-0 start to the season.