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  Reserved by nature, Alabama running back Najee Harris took a step outside his comfort zone earlier this week when he became one of the leading social-media voices in college football promoting the #WeWantToPlay movement for the upcoming season. He explained his reasoning in a videoconference with local reporters Friday, the first time that the school has held player news conferences since before the Citrus Bowl in January. "I am a pretty closed-in guy, but it's just so much, like, uncertainty going around," he said. "Now I'm not in a position to be quiet. I have to speak up for others who can't speak."

Harris made his plea for college football to be played this fall, in part, because of concerns about how missing the upcoming season would affect the NFL futures of him and other players. "Us athletes want to play to create value for ourselves," he said Friday. "We're kind of iffy about the season, [but] age and time still moves on. We can't take that back. We probably could run back the season but we can't take back age and time. "For a running back, age plays such a factor in the next step, I guess if you want to go to the NFL and whatnot. They look at age so much nowadays...I came back [for a senior season] and I'm already 22. Then if I come back another season and I'll be 23, they can probably use that as something against me. It probably won't but it's just another thing to say about it." - Birmingham News

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