It was in his honor because he, his four siblings and his parents lived in that shelter for several years growing up.
“Just to see him as a grown man with this kind of opportunity for him today and to know that he lived in this shelter among many other places their family had to move around and lives as a homeless man just speaks to [the thought that] anything is possible,” Kathleen Sullivan, executive director of the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, told ABC 7 News.
The Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick brought food for the current residents. He told reporters, “There was a time I needed a helping hand. They gave us an opportunity to get back on our feet. So it is my job to give back.”
Harris was in middle school when they stayed at GRIP before his family moved to Antioch.
“It was really emotional for my mom,” Harris said. “Almost as if she was crying, in a way, because we have a lot of memories here. That was a time in my life when it was really low.”
He would then go on to be one of Alabama’s most explosive players, rushing for 1,224 yards and averaging 5.9 yards a carry as a junior in 2019.
He went on to win the Doak Walker Award as the country’s top back last season, rushing for 1,466 yards.