Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Fever Presents...

Steelers Panthers

GAMEDAY
Sunday, September 21, 8:30 PM
NBC
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-10-2007, 07:41 AM   #11
stillers4me
Living Legend
 
stillers4me's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 8,670
Gender: Female
Member Number: 2656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Some more good info on Harrison

Quote:
Originally Posted by galax steeler View Post
I hope that game wasn't a fluke and he can continue to make that type of plays for the rest of the year.
He's been making them all along, just not that many in the same game.

People here in Cinci come up to us all week and say, "where did that guy come from all of a sudden?". Hell.......they must not have watched their own game to closely! (typical Bungals fans) He's credited with 5 tackles, 1 assist and 1 fumble.

James is leading the defense so far with 46 tackles and 6 sacks. His other stats are none too shabby, either.

http://www.steelers.com/team/stats/
__________________
"We're not going to turn our backs on him," Ward said. "We're going to treat him like our brother. We're going to accept him back and be very supportive of him and help him get through this. In this locker room, he's still our quarterback."
stillers4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 07:44 AM   #12
SteelerFanInATL
Team Captain
 
SteelerFanInATL's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 856
Gender: Male
Member Number: 369
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Some more good info on Harrison

The real credit goes to Coach Tomlin. Obviously he realized he had something special. You just don't cut a J. Porter unless you have someone waiting in the wing with talent to take his place. Great move by coach and the organization. Managed to keep talent after releasing a key player at a lesser salary. But this is nothing new, this is the Steeler way.
__________________
Living In Atlanta, Born & Raised on the East End (EsSliberty, PGHers, yins know the deal)
SteelerFanInATL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 08:25 AM   #13
stillers4me
Living Legend
 
stillers4me's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 8,670
Gender: Female
Member Number: 2656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Some more good info on Harrison

Harrison's college career forecast his Steelers successes
As good as James Harrison's performance was Monday night against Baltimore, there was a better one before it; just ask Ben Roethlisberger.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Peter Diana / Post-Gazette
The Steelers' James Harrison sizes up the Baltimore Ravens offense. (Heinz Field, 11/5/2007)It was a big moment for James Harrison, a game that would define his career and lift his legacy to another stratosphere. Five sacks. Twelve tackles. One forced fumble. And, with the game still undecided, with the opponent 33 yards from the winning touchdown and 88 seconds remaining, Harrison came up with the exclamation point on his daunting performance.

He sacked the quarterback on third down, then sacked him again on fourth-and-17 to end the threat and give his team a 24-20 victory.

Only, in this instance, the quarterback was not Steve McNair, the opponent was not the Baltimore Ravens. It was Ben Roethlisberger and Miami (Ohio), and it was the final game of Harrison's college career.

"He single-handedly won that game," said Kent State tight ends coach A.J. Pratt. "Ask Ben Roethlisberger. James wasn't going to lose that last game."

"He tortured us pretty good, I will say that," said Roethlisberger, a redshirt freshman at the time.

"That's the only reason I'm here -- because of him," Harrison said, referring to Roethlisberger.

The Steelers are glad he is here, even though he almost wasn't.

Harrison, an undrafted free agent in 2002, was cut three times by the Steelers in two years, the last coming in 2003 when he made the 53-man roster, only to be dropped several days later in favor of safety Erik Flowers. Earlier that spring, he also was cut by the Ravens after they allocated him to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe.

But on one glorious night at Heinz Field, he paid back both teams with one of most stunning defensive performances in National Football League history.

Five days ago, in a resounding, 38-7 victory against the Ravens, Harrison had 3 1/2 sacks, forced three fumbles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass. All but one sack came in the first half. Only three linebackers in team history had ever recorded more sacks in a game -- Chad Brown (4 1/2), Joey Porter (4) and Jerrol Williams (4).

Ironically, on this night, the only person possibly upstaging him was Roethlisberger, the very quarterback he tortured the last time he had one of these sensational performances. All Roethlisberger did was throw five touchdown passes, all in the first half, and post a perfect 158.3 rating.

Harrison's reaction?

"A lot of people want to talk to you, interview you, blah, blah, blah," he said. "It's not like I sat back and looked at it and admired it. I had a good game. That's as far as I took it."

There have been many great defensive performances over the years in the NFL, going back to Hall of Fame defensive tackle Joe Greene recording five sacks, blocking a field goal, forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble in a 9-3 victory Dec. 10, 1972, in Houston.

But, for production and diversity, it might be difficult to match Harrison's performance. The only thing he did not do was score a touchdown.

"Nine years in the league, I've never seen anything like that," said defensive end Aaron Smith, who watched the performance from the sideline because of a knee injury. "I've seen guys rack up the sacks, rack up the interceptions, but I've never seen anyone rack up the sacks, rack up the fumbles, the recoveries, the interceptions. It was an unreal performance."

Now he gets to face the Cleveland Browns (5-3), another team against whom he has had unreal performances. They were his favorite team growing up in Akron, Ohio, the youngest of 14 children, and his hero was former quarterback Bernie Kosar.

"My guy ... Ber-nie Ko-sar," Harrison said, giving it his best Howard Cosell impersonation. He said he cried when the Browns twice had heartbreaking playoff defeats to John Elway and the Denver Broncos and was disappointed when the Browns moved to Baltimore. So he switched his allegiance to the next closest team, the Steelers.

His road to Pittsburgh was not always smooth.

He went to three high schools because of what John Hibian, his former athletic director-turned-principal at Coventry High School, called "stupid little things;" was suspended for two games his senior year because he shot a BB gun in the locker room and got off with a fine rather than be sentenced to six months in prison for felonious assault; had scholarship offers to Nebraska and Notre Dame rebuffed because he said he "messed some things up" his senior year; didn't always convince his coaches at Kent State he was trying his hardest on the practice field; and was one phone call away from giving up on a career as a professional football player and going back to school to "do something else."

"Was it apparent he would be a professional athlete? I'd have to say no," Hibian said. "It's that his focus wasn't always on what it should be. He wasn't focused on the things that would make you believe he was a for-sure NFL prospect.

"I was looking at one of the finest athletes the school ever had. I thought if he could possibly get focused, he would have a successful college career."

At Kent State, Harrison was a first team Mid-American Conference selection his senior season, finishing with a conference-high 15 sacks and ranking second with 20 tackles for losses.

"James was a guy who kept to himself on the football field," said Kent State assistant coach Scott Booker, a Penn Hills native who played three seasons with Harrison in college. "He was very intense, very competitive. He's a great teammate when he's on your side, but he puts some fear in the other team, even on the practice field."

And so it is with the Steelers.

Harrison almost never made it to this position -- a starter at right outside linebacker for the departed Joey Porter, a player who ranks fourth in the American Football Conference with 6 sacks after eight games.

But, the Steelers called him back July 26, 2004, and asked him to report to training camp as a replacement for linebacker Clark Haggans, who broke his hand lifting weights. Harrison has never left.

Since then, he can be found leaping over tacklers on an interception return in San Diego, body-slamming a wayward fan in Cleveland, putting on one of the most stunning defensive performances in Steelers history while most of the greatest players in franchise history were in attendance.

"The guy, ever since he came in here, even from his rookie year, he was not afraid of anyone or intimidated by anyone," said defensive end Brett Keisel, a seventh-round draft choice. "You get some guys from smaller schools, you step in the locker room, and it's kind of like your eyes pop out. Then, you throw in our blitz packages and your head starts to spin. But he's just a beast, and he never stops."

Hibian, the high-school principal, has noticed a change in the person who transferred to Coventry for his final two years after attending Archbishop Hoban for 1 1/2 years and Buchtel High School for part of a year.

"There is a different air about him when he comes back now," he said. "I think he gets it. I see him as a young man now. Ultimately, he has become a mature young man."

?

NOTES -- Wide receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring) returned to practice and is expected to start against the Browns. Safety Ryan Clark (spleen) and tight end Jerame Tuman (back) have not practiced and will not play.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07314/832841-66.stm
__________________
"We're not going to turn our backs on him," Ward said. "We're going to treat him like our brother. We're going to accept him back and be very supportive of him and help him get through this. In this locker room, he's still our quarterback."
stillers4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 10:10 AM   #14
moedap
Starter
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 400
Member Number: 2890
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Some more good info on Harrison

The reason introverted people are itroverted is b/c they think a lot. It takes repitition of surrounding events for them to be comfortable. Harrison is only going to get better and better on D. We know DLs 3-4 scheme allows the ROLB to shine if they so chose to fill that role. Maybe thats the reason for Timmons switch to ILB.
moedap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 01:27 PM   #15
WWIIOwheelz
Team Captain
 
WWIIOwheelz's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 707
Member Number: 1323
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Some more good info on Harrison

I'll never forget when I really took notice of him--- the Superbowl DVD where in the first game, Cowher had to get on him about getting called for a special teams penalty he took. Cowher seemed like he was afraid of him. He walked back to Bettis and Staley & jokingly said to them both, "You know what Silverback said to me? 'Shit happens!'" Bettis & Staley seemed to understand when they laughed, and Bettis asked, "What are you gonna say?" LOL

Reading between the lines, I knew they all agreed that Harrison was a total badass. Having a nickname like "Silverback" is pretty telling, in itself. I wonder how he got that nickname? There HAS to be a story on that, how he got that nickname from the coach and fellow Steelers. I've never heard what it was, but I've always been curious.
WWIIOwheelz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 01:42 PM   #16
GeneralRobinson
Bench Warmer
 

Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 374
Member Number: 5611
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Some more good info on Harrison

That's a funny story about Cowher and Harrison, WWIIOwheelz. I have to admit I didn't even know what a silverback was until a couple of days ago. The nickname does fit with his intense tenacity.
GeneralRobinson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 02:32 PM   #17
Lord Stiller
Banned
 

Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,230
Member Number: 7087
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Some more good info on Harrison

Pretty much every training camp you here how Silverback dominates the back-on-backers drill. Dude is very powerful
Lord Stiller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 03:36 PM   #18
I-Want-Troy's-Hair
Assistant Coach
 
I-Want-Troy's-Hair's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Riverside, CA -originally Steubenville OH
Posts: 1,450
Gender: Female
Member Number: 2698
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Some more good info on Harrison

Quote:
Originally Posted by WWIIOwheelz View Post
Reading between the lines, I knew they all agreed that Harrison was a total badass. Having a nickname like "Silverback" is pretty telling, in itself. I wonder how he got that nickname? There HAS to be a story on that, how he got that nickname from the coach and fellow Steelers. I've never heard what it was, but I've always been curious.
The story goes he's physically the strongest player on the team hence the name silverback. there was a recent article in either the Trib or the Gazette about the players nicknames.

Found it...here's the article

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_522902.html

What's in a Steelers' nickname?
By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, August 19, 2007

Steelers cornerback Trevor Deshea Townsend always has gone by his middle name instead of his first name.

Naturally, his teammates call him "Trevor."

Nicknames, even ones that happen to be someone's given name, long have been a part of sports. For the Steelers they help keep things just a little bit lighter in a sport that has become as much a business as it is a game.

Nicknames are in some way essential to team building since a locker room without them might as well be a corporate board room. If they are terms of endearment, nicknames are also a sign of acceptance since none of the Steelers rookies have been given any yet.

"Once they get on the squad and start defining themselves," defensive end Brett Keisel said, "then we'll see if they're worthy of a name."

Keisel is the "Diesel" and it stuck to him after Steelers sideline radio reporter Craig Wolfley started calling him that on the air because it rhymes with his last name.

And, hey, he does run pretty well.

A play on someone's name may be the most common source of nicknames, and for the Steelers it explains "B Mac" (cornerback Bryant McFadden) and even "Woe-dee" (wide receiver Hines Ward), which is a derivative of "Wardy."

Of course, the beauty of nicknames is that, like safety Troy Polamalu on a blitz, they can come from anywhere at any time.

Former Steelers offensive lineman Tunch Ilkin couldn't help himself one day during the 1982 season when he saw rookie Keith Willis wearing argyle socks and a sweater vest.

"Oh my gosh," Ilkin said, "what a preppy you look like!"

That is how from that day forward the quarterback-stalking defensive end who is fifth on the Steelers' all-time sacks list also answered to the name "Skippy."

"Snelly" is what linebacker Arnold Harrison's teammates and even coaches call him, and there is story from his rookie season behind that sobriquet.

As part of initiation rites, Harrison had to sing a song in front of the team. He ended up crooning a hand-written ode to the dining hall, Snelling Hall, at the University of Georgia (his alma mater).

Bingo.

Guard Chris Kemoeatu also got a nickname as a rookie that has stayed with him, and it can be traced to what he did on the field.

The Steelers put him on the kickoff return team during training camp. To hear his teammates tell it, the players responsible for breaking up what is called the "wedge" on kick returns ended up giving Kemoeatu the nickname "Wedge."

"Guys that were running down were trying to run over him, and he'd just run right through guys and those guys would be knocked out with a concussion," backup quarterback Charlie Batch said. "The guys looked forward to watching kickoff returns when he was in there to see who he was going to knock out."

Kemoeatu is also called "Juicy" and "Punch" because his teammates noticed that he bears a likeness to the wild-haired character that is on Hawaiian Punch bottles and cans.

Defensive end Aaron Smith knows well how one's hair can lead to a nickname. He let his grow out one time, and it prompted defensive end Travis "Chubs" Kirschke to start calling him "Big Bird."

"My hair was really fluffy and it gets curly and wavy," Smith said. "I guess I've got that big butt too, like Big Bird."

Defensive tackle Scott Paxson is "T Rex" because his large trunk and short arms resemble that of a dinosaur (and, no, not because he played for Joe Paterno, whose Penn State coaching career predates the reign of the prehistoric creatures).

Nose tackle Casey Hampton has a number of nicknames, the most popular being "Big Snack."

If Hampton always seems to have snacks in his dorm room or even in his locker, linebacker Clint Kriewaldt had a poster of Buddy Lee, the blond haired, flannel-wearing fictional character that wears Lee Jeans, put in his locker by his teammates.

"It's my little mini me," said Kriewaldt, who still has the poster in his locker.

Kriewaldt actually is called "Billy" more than "Buddy Lee" these days by his teammates.

Linebacker James Farrior, more commonly known to his teammates as "Potsie" because he had a pot belly as a toddler, decided that "Billy" would be a good name for someone who is from Wisconsin.

Kriewaldt is so frequently called "Billy," that one day last year, then-Steelers linebacker Joey Porter said to him, "so your real name is William?"

"I'm quite sure," linebacker Larry Foote said, "the young guys don't know his name is Clint."

The young guys certainly know by now that linebacker James Harrison is "Silverback" because of his scary strength.

"You ever try to fight with a Silverback gorilla?" Harrison said when asked about his nickname.


Uh, no.

"You don't want to either."

Linebacker Clark Haggans is "Triple H," a nickname that is not associated with the WWE wrestler. The roots for Haggans' moniker can be traced to Vin Diesel's role as a fearless stuntman in the movie "Triple X" and is a nod to Haggans' disregard to his body when he is on the field.

Polamalu, who also plays with a style that borders on reckless, is the "Tasmanian Devil" (among other things) because, like the cartoon character, he is something of whirling dervish.

His backup at strong safety, Tyrone Carter, is "Sawed Off," presumably because the 5-9, 195-pounder is not the tallest guy in the world, and he aims to do just that to a receiver that tries to catch a pass within his vicinity.

Cornerback Ike Taylor answers to a number of names, including "Nola Boy" and "Dirty South." Both are derived from his upbringing in New Orleans and the fact Louisiana is at least considered the Deep South.

Verron Haynes can go pretty deep when asked about the nicknames of his fellow running backs. Of course, the one Willie Parker gave him may be the best among the Steelers' ball carriers.

It seems Haynes wanted to cut down on his shaving time, and he said that he put some Nair-like substance on his face to stunt the growth of facial hair.

It worked a little too well in one tiny spot on Haynes' right cheek, and he can no longer grown any hair there.

That is why Haynes is now "Scarface."

For an outsider, the Steelers' nicknames can be dizzying to keep track of. The same even is true for the people that are giving and receiving them on a regular basis.

During pre-game introductions, Haggans will sometimes stop when one of his teammates' names is announced because it has been so long since he's heard that name.

"It gets to the point where sometimes you call people their nicknames all the time." Haggans said, "you start to forget their real name."

Even if their real name actually is their nickname.
__________________
"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France

Last edited by I-Want-Troy's-Hair; 11-10-2007 at 03:56 PM.
I-Want-Troy's-Hair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 04:26 PM   #19
Boomerang
Bench Warmer
 
Boomerang's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: South ,Australia
Posts: 355
Gender: Male
Member Number: 7503
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Some more good info on Harrison

Our D is going to be awesome for years to come, no worries.
__________________

"Don't doubt me, because that's when I get stronger.. ..Marvin Hagler
Boomerang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2007, 04:41 PM   #20
MasterOfPuppets
Living Legend
Supporter
 
MasterOfPuppets's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 14,164
Gender: Male
Member Number: 1990
Thanks: 885
Thanked 3,678 Times in 1,590 Posts
Default Re: Some more good info on Harrison

Quote:
defensive end Travis "Chubs" Kirschke
i sure hope he didn't earn that one in the showers......
__________________
“If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” ― James Madison

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." - Thomas Jefferson

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." -Thomas Jefferson

"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." - Thomas Jefferson

MasterOfPuppets is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts