Steelers Rookie Najee Harris Delivers Honest Take on Underdog Role in Ben Roethlisberger’s Likely Swan Song

Ben Roethlisberger got his wish — at least one more game in the NFL. After the Las Vegas Raiders sent the Los Angeles Chargers home for the year, the Pittsburgh Steelers earned a spot in the NFL Playoffs after a wild ending to the season.

Now, they face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in what could very well be Roethlisberger’s final game after a legendary NFL career. Of course, the Chiefs are massive favorites, and rookie running back Najee Harris dropped an honest take on being the underdogs on Sunday.

Najee Harris doesn’t care for any of the underdog talk going into the game

Talk about a winning mentality. Then again, Harris did play his college ball at the University of Alabama.

Still, Harris didn’t hold back his true feelings on being underdogs going in. It doesn’t matter, and if this NFL season was an indication, anything could happen any given week.

Who can forget this same Pittsburgh team ended up in a tie with the then-winless Detroit Lions?

The beauty of the playoffs is that everybody starts at 0-0. Throw out the season results; it’s win or go home. It will be a challenging game for Roethlisberger, Harris, and the Steelers, but the rookie’s comments show why he’s the perfect building block for Mike Tomlin’s team.

Ben Roethlisberger had other thoughts going into the game

On the surface, these comments from Roethlisberger look concerning. But think again.

Yes, the veteran knows how dangerous this Chiefs team is. Sure, he knows this is very likely the end of his career in the NFL.

But, Roethlisberger wants to dismiss the pressure and all of those thoughts and simply “have fun.”

Who can blame him? After a long career — all in Pittsburgh, nonetheless — cherishing every moment is what will be important for #7.

It took a lot of help for Pittsburgh to even get into the playoffs, and who’s to say the road ends in Kansas City?

Forget all of the background noise, strap on the helmet and shoulder pads, and try and pull off a massive upset against Mahomes and the Chiefs.

The Steelers have their work cut out for them against the Chiefs but Najee Harris can give them a headache

Steelers RB Najee Harris isn't concerned against the Chiefs.
Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the ball to Najee Harris | Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are a ton for the Steelers to deal with. Mahomes is another story, and the good news for Pittsburgh is that Clyde Edwards-Helaire won’t be suiting up.

The firepower is there for Kansas City, and they are trying to make a third straight Super Bowl appearance.

On the other sideline, the Steelers have some monsters of their own. T.J. Watt is a wrecking ball on defense and is ready to build on his Defensive Player of the Year campaign.

Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson are tough guards, and Harris has been remarkable in his first season in the league. The former Alabama star does it all, and he’s ready to thrive on the big stage — something he’s used to from his college days.

Forget all of the underdog talks, and dismiss all the drama about Roethlisberger’s potential final game.

The playoffs are here.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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