Damien Harris needs no introduction. Alabama’s star running back is also the football program’s media workhorse whether in the interview room, in front of a television camera or on social media. There are few secrets from his statistics (542 rushing yards this season and 2,736 for his career) to his political views.

But there is one person who knows Damien Harris better than anyone else. His mother, Lynn Harris, has seen the entire career and, with just three home games remaining for he Alabama seniors, she’s taking the long view.

“To be perfectly honest, I didn’t want Damien to play football,” she said. “When he was 6, he played basketball in a little rec league and his coach, Mike Goggins, asked me if Damien could play football the next year and I said, ‘No, football is awful. Horrible. It’s a dangerous sport.’ But Mike kept asking and I finally let him talk me into it. And I was scared to death.

“A lot of the kids had started when they were 5 years old in a flag football league in Richmond, so they had a couple of years to adjust. Not Damien. They put him right out there. I was scared to bits and pieces. First, I was scared that my child would get hurt. And I was scared that someone else’s child was going to be the one that hurt my child and I was going to have to fight that other child’s parents in the stands.”

Lynn said she progressed out of that degree of concern but still took a long time to reach a comfort level with Damien’s football career.

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