Alabama’s Najee Harris hurdling a defender sets the internet on fire


Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) hurdles Notre Dame cornerback Nick McCloud (4) as he carries the ball for a long gain in the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

It’s only the first day of 2021, but Najee Harris may have already made the play of the year.

In the first quarter of the College Football Playoff semifinal between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Notre Dame, the Crimson Tide running back took a hand off from quarterback Mac Jones, bounced off a pack of players at the line of scrimmage, bolted towards the sideline and then HURDLED the poor Fighting Irish defender attempting to stop him before eventually being pushed out of bounds inside Notre Dame’s 20-yard line.

It’s a play that’s infinitely better to watch then to read about, so check it out below.

What makes this play even more wild is that American soccer star Megan Rapinoe tweeted on Dec. 30 that Harris should hurdle someone in the Rose Bowl… and then he did! Thank you, Megan.

As the play warranted, Twitter went a little nuts over the super-human jump.

Here are some of the best reactions:

Harris finished the game with a game-high 125 yards rushing and another 30 in reviewing. Alabama won the game 31-14 to advance to the national championship game.

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