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Galax Steeler
07-31-2009, 05:01 PM
No Ben Roethlisberger interviews at Rooney Hall, but Casey Hampton, Trai Essex and Willie Colon showed up in great shape. So did James Harrison, who rolled up in a two-seat Smart car. Here's James:

James Harrison, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: What are the benefits of driving that?

A: Not that much on gas. Other than that, thereís a lot of room, but not for the suitcases. Itís fast, too. Itíll go 90, 95.

Q: Not too worried about gas are you?

A: No. Not too worried about gas. I just want to help the environment.

Q: How do you feel about being back?

A: Iím just happy to be here to get started and trying to duplicate what we did last year.

Q: Will that mean another big interception return?

A: If thatís what it takes, so be it. If not, so be it, too.

Q: Do you have any more perspective on that play with the time off?

A: UhÖ

Q:How did it happen?

A: How did it happen? Well, everything kind of came together with a little bit of luck.

Q: Catch your breath yet?

A: Yeah. I caught my breath about two weeks after.

Q: Youíd told reporters before the game you didnít like the game plan because you would be dropping too much. Dropping kind of paid off there, didnít it?

A: That was just a bunch of lies to tell you all, get you all writing something the other team might believe.

Q:So, it worked, right?

A: I actually wasnít supposed to drop on that play.

Q:You werenít supposed to drop?

A: I was supposed to blitz. I figured all night we were a step late, and we had an all-out blitz and I figured if I stepped I could hold my tackle and just drop out in case of a quick slant, in or out, and I just happened to be right there. I guess my height helped me that time.

Q:Do you have the freedom to do that?

A: You know, technique, opportunity and all that other stuff met, with a little bit of luck. Sometimes you feel that might be the play that will do it. Coach LeBeau didnít mind it.

Q:Do you expect to see a lot of spread-the-field, quick-throw offenses this year?

A: Iím not really too worried about what offenses are doing. As long as we play our defense the way itís supposed to be played, weíll be fine.

Q:Last Super Bowl team fell flat. How do you guard against that this year?

A: I feel like we guarded against that this year in preparation. I think last time we won the Super Bowl a lot of guys were real lax and took too much time off in getting back to what needed to be done. I feel this year everybody stayed focused and got back to it.

Q:Were you as maniacal in your training as you usually are?

A: Yeah.

Q: And did any more teammates join you in your workouts?

A: Not really. A few guys work out with the same trainer that I do, but everybody got their own things that help them.

Q: Did you bulk up?

A: Actually I lost a little weight. Do I look thick?

Q: Yes.

A: My legs got big. You should see my legs. Wait till we put the pads on.

Q:How much weight did you drop?

A: A few pounds to about 250.

Q: Do you feel that after last year people will be looking at you differently?

A: Yeah. I know they do. Look at these cameras. Other than that, I donít really feel any different.

Q: Do you expect any more respect from the officials in regard to holding?

A: They really watched it in the Super Bowl, so hopefully thatís a start.

Q:Do you worry about your quarterbackís state of mind?

A: Nah.

Q: Howís your son?

A: Heís doing good, real good.

Q: Is he 100 percent, ready to go?

A: Hundred percent. He has a few scars, but he was back walking in like six days. Heís just got a few scars, but heís fine.

Q: James, what do you do for an encore?

A: I do whatever it is I need to do to make the defense better. Itís not about me. Itís the Pittsburgh Steelers, not James Harrison. My numbers may not be as good as last yearís, but as long as we get better as a total defense, Iím happy.

Q: You get that big contract and you buy a Smart car?

A: I didnít buy the car. I got it on, letís say lease or loan, something like that.

Q: The pictureís going to be everywhere. They accomplished their objective, didnít they?

A: Maybe. Weíll see.

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steelreserve
07-31-2009, 05:04 PM
HAH! I have a hard time picturing Harrison driving a Smart Car. I mean, he could probably pick it up and carry it. Like these guys:

http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1022509_amsterdam-idiots-evolve-from-cow-tipping-to-smart-dunking

msafford
07-31-2009, 05:06 PM
I heart James Harrison...in a non-gay, very manly way, of course.

Psyychoward86
07-31-2009, 05:25 PM
He wasnt supposed to dropback wtf??? There's a revelation.

Galax Steeler
07-31-2009, 05:27 PM
He wasnt supposed to dropback wtf??? There's a revelation.

I couldn't believe that when I read it. If he wasn't supposed to drop back then we got very lucky that he did.:doh:

Psyychoward86
07-31-2009, 05:31 PM
I couldn't believe that when I read it. If he wasn't supposed to drop back then we got very lucky that he did.:doh:

Yeah seriously. THANK GOD

stillers4me
07-31-2009, 05:47 PM
If I didn't know better, I'd think James is starting to have a little bit of fun with these interviews.

Franco32Harris
07-31-2009, 06:17 PM
That was a great interview James Harrison is the man!

Preacher
07-31-2009, 06:35 PM
I love it... "A: That was just a bunch of lies to tell you all, get you all writing something the other team might believe."

James screwing with the media... Hilarious.

And yeah, what does that say about his onfield football acumen?

The Definiti0n
07-31-2009, 06:38 PM
I heart James Harrison...in a non-gay, very manly way, of course.

:iagree:

I too have a bromance with James Harrison!

tony hipchest
07-31-2009, 06:41 PM
a "smart car" huh? ah, who cares... he does look bigger, faster and stronger than ever-



http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w11/bcrab/6.gif

Preacher
07-31-2009, 06:45 PM
a "smart car" huh? ah, who cares... he does look bigger, faster and stronger than ever-



http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w11/bcrab/6.gif


Just can't give up that pic can you? :chuckle:

Galax Steeler
08-01-2009, 07:08 AM
a "smart car" huh? ah, who cares... he does look bigger, faster and stronger than ever-



http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w11/bcrab/6.gif

You are not in your right state of mind Tony.:toofunny: