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.
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) December 30, 2020
As the play warranted, Twitter went a little nuts over the super-human jump.
Here are some of the best reactions:
Najee Harris man!!
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) January 1, 2021
Alabama RB Najee Harris’ leap over the Notre Dame defender was the best play I’ve ever seen because that’s the first time I’ve seen a player jump over a defender standing straight up!!!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 1, 2021
Najee Harris, BEST RB in college football and it’s not even close
— Damien Harris (@DHx34) January 1, 2021
My gawd Najee Harris
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) January 1, 2021
Us after that Najee Harris Hurdle pic.twitter.com/AmOrt00PPK
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 1, 2021
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.