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lamberts-lost-tooth
01-06-2009, 09:04 AM
Harrison affirms his value to Steelers
By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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Time to pay up, Steelers. James Harrison has more than paid his dues.

The NFL's newest defensive player of the year is a wedge-buster on kickoffs who also doubles as a two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker.

How many Pro Bowl players willingly sacrifice their bodies on special teams? How about this one, and only this one?

I don't know what's more impressive: Harrison's franchise-record 16 sacks, his NFL-high seven forced fumbles, or his 12 special-teams tackles, good for third on the team.

"To sit here and tell you I could have been defensive MVP and I could have been a Pro Bowler two times in a row, I'd be lying to you," Harrison said Monday.

Harrison, who's in the next-to-last year of his contract, deserves a new, break-the-bank deal the sooner, the better.

He also deserves a pat on the back from anyone who's ever played sports only to be told they weren't big enough, fast enough, tall enough or simply not good enough.

"It definitely motivates you, knowing I didn't get drafted and a lot of other athletes I played with got drafted and now they're not really doing that well or they're not in the league any more," said Willie Parker, Harrison's teammate and a two-time Pro Bowl running back who also entered the league as an undrafted free agent. "It's a tough game. Whatever you have in the back of your mind that pushes you each and every day, you've got to use it to your advantage."

Harrison's story has been told so often that it has become Western Pennsylvania folklore.

Harrison was undrafted coming out of Kent State despite leading the Mid-American Conference with 15 sacks his senior year. Somehow, Harrison finished third in the MAC's defensive player of the year balloting.

Twenty-seven linebackers were taken in the 2002 draft, the Steelers' Larry Foote among them. None, it turns out, was better than Harrison, who possesses intangibles that were overlooked by 32 NFL teams that ignored him in the draft.

Being cut four times including three times by the Steelers should have made Harrison start looking for another line of work.

To his credit, Harrison persevered. Instead of getting mad, or even, he continued plugging away, excelling on special teams and patiently waiting for his chance to become one of the more feared players in pro football.

"My goal was just to make the team," Harrison said. "I felt like I could come in and contribute to this team and then be a decent starter. I've grown into something that's a little better than that right now.

"I guess since one person's done it, somebody else can do it."

From the unfortunate Cleveland Browns fan who was drunk and stupid enough to venture onto the field, only to have Harrison body slam him like a rag doll, to any opponent who's had the misfortune of encountering Harrison in close quarters, this ice pack's for you.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_605774.html

Kvnfaber
01-06-2009, 09:32 AM
Grats to Silverback on a great season! Now time to back up your award in the playoffs!

TD_Sandy_Eggo
01-06-2009, 08:45 PM
Fantastic year! Here's to you, James! :applaudit:

The Bolt OL / defensive backs are going to have their hands full with this guy! Hopefully we'll maintain our record of knocking out teams with the league awards, aka Peyton. But this will be a tougher nut to crack.

Sharkissle29
01-06-2009, 08:50 PM
Fantastic year! Here's to you, James! :applaudit:

The Bolt OL / defensive backs are going to have their hands full with this guy! Hopefully we'll maintain our record of knocking out teams with the league awards, aka Peyton. But this will be a tougher nut to crack.

i didnt realize harrison was starting at WR too :chuckle:

deminutah
01-06-2009, 08:53 PM
Fantastic year! Here's to you, James! :applaudit:

The Bolt OL / defensive backs are going to have their hands full with this guy! Hopefully we'll maintain our record of knocking out teams with the league awards, aka Peyton. But this will be a tougher nut to crack.

Enjoy Woodley and please overlook Aaron Smith. Also.....Oh Hell, just enjoy watching our entire defense.:drink:

HometownGal
01-06-2009, 08:58 PM
Silverback is going to have one of his finest games ever on Sunday - I can feel it in me bones. :tt03:

From the unfortunate Cleveland Browns fan who was drunk and stupid enough to venture onto the field, only to have Harrison body slam him like a rag doll, to any opponent who's had the misfortune of encountering Harrison in close quarters, this ice pack's for you.


I'll never forget that as long as I live! :laughing::toofunny:

SteelCityMom
01-06-2009, 09:02 PM
Let's hope we don't see a repeat of week 11 (and too many other weeks) where the refs turn a blind eye to blatant offensive holding.

*Note: You may want to turn the volume down, the music is super ghey!

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lilyoder6
01-06-2009, 09:06 PM
i can see someone coming in next yr with the money blazing to sign hin

BehindSteelCurtain
01-07-2009, 02:33 AM
I think he stays with Steelers.

markymarc
01-07-2009, 08:04 AM
Silverback is going to have one of his finest games ever on Sunday - I can feel it in me bones. :tt03:

I completely agree. He is ready to beat up on someone again. Good luck McNeil! It would be great to see Woodley in the backfield a lot too.