The play has become very popular in the sport of American football in recent years: the running back who sees the deep defender coming trying to tackle him and instead of trying to sidestep him jumps over him. But what Najee Harris, a running back for the University of Alabama, did Friday against Notre Dame was the next level.
During the NCAA semifinal game in Dallas, Harris took a giant leap to dump Nick McCloud, a 6-foot-5, in a phenomenal act of athletic prowess. The video says a thousand words.
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 1, 2021
Harris ran for more than 50 yards to set the table for a touchdown for Alabama, which won the Rose Bowl 31-14 to advance to the national championship game against Ohio State, which in turn beat Clemson 49-28 in New Orleans.
His silhouette in the air will forever be remembered by college football fans, especially those in Alabama and Notre Dame.
NAJEE HARRIS IS UNFAIR. 😳 pic.twitter.com/4ZpB7Z6D92
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 1, 2021
Harris’s spectacular image was later turned into a meme.
Some great reactions on the Notre Dame sideline during and after Najee Harris’s hurdle.
(Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports) pic.twitter.com/YD0F80tPJb
— Andy Wittry (@AndyWittry) January 1, 2021
— Lily Pesnell_ClassOf2023 (@lily_pesnell) January 1, 2021
Notre Dame after that Najee Harris run pic.twitter.com/acc19sl6yu
— Tyler Greever (@Tyler_Greever) January 1, 2021
— Jesus Sanchez (@jjman65) January 1, 2021
— Arabic Walter White (@typocorrection1) January 1, 2021