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Former Alabama running back Najee Harris says he trolled fans by saying ‘War Eagle’

Running back Najee Harris has made quite the career for himself at Alabama — not only for his on-field accolades, but also for the way he interacted with media.

And, apparently, Crimson Tide fans.

The 2020 Doak Walker Award winner and unanimous All-America selection said he has occasionally trolled Alabama fans with the two words they most dread hearing. He revealed as much in a Wednesday interview with “The Pat McAfee Show”:

“I know it’s a thing of saying ‘Roll Tide’ there,” Harris said. “But, goddamn, sometimes when I’m just getting food … ‘Roll Tide. Roll Tide, Najee.’ I’ll be like, ‘Bro, just let me eat my food.’ Sometimes — I just like joking around with people — a lot of times they’ll say, ‘Roll Tide, Najee.’ And I’ll be like, ‘Well War Eagle.'”

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Harris’ revelation — emphasized Southern accent and all — drew a shocked response from McAfee, but he was regardless hilarious in his telling of the story:

It’s true that Harris, who hails from Antioch, Calif., hasn’t embraced the Crimson Tide’s traditions and rivalries as much as some of his teammates. Here’s another instance when he completely downplayed the Tide’s most important rival:

Alabama fans will probably forgive Harris, considering he has 3,843 career rushing yards, 781 career receiving yards and 57 touchdowns from scrimmage over his four-year career. He also played significant roles in the team’s national championship-winning seasons in 2017 and ’20.

Harris had several notable interactions with media in 2020, such as when he recalled a reporter who covered him in high school and had a hilarious response to the claim that he “effortlessly” ran through Ohio State’s defense in the 2021 College Football Playoff championship game.

All facets to the personality Alabama fans have grown to love — even with his occasional call of “War Eagle.”

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