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Old 12-26-2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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Harrison named Steelers MVP
By Scott Brown
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Linebacker James Harrison, a first-year starter who replaced the departed Joey Porter this season, has been named the Steelers most valuable player. Voting was conducted in a ballot of the team’s players.

Harrison recently was named a starting outside linebacker on the AFC Pro Bowl team. Through 15 games, Harrison leads the Steelers with 8.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. He also has 73 tackles, 61 solo, and one interception and two fumble recoveries. He also is tied for second on the team in special teams tackles, with 12.

Harrison was named AFC defensive player of the month for November. He had his best game of the season Nov. 5 in the Steelers’ victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Harrison had nine tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and one recovered fumble.

Harrison is the first linebacker since James Farrior in 2004 to be selected as the Steelers’ MVP. It is the 14th time a linebacker has won the award.

Running back Willie Parker was the 2006 recipient.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_544548.html
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:06 PM   #2
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Congrats to James. He has had a great year replacing Peezy.
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: Harrison named Steelers MVP

a case could be made for willie again, and especially ben, but i doubt there would be any single person in the steelers org who would consider this a slight. harrison deserves this recognition and has definitely earned it.

great job to him and the teammates who gave him this honor.
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:08 PM   #4
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You beat me to it!! While I personally think Ben is the MVP, it needs to be noted that Harrison was selected by his own teammates for the honor. Congrats James......may you long be a Steeler!!

Here is the story from the official Steelers site......

http://news.steelers.com/article/86430/

Harrison Selected Steelers’ 2007 Most Valuable Player


PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker James Harrison was recognized for his outstanding play this season by his teammates who voted him the Steelers’ 2007 Most Valuable Player.



Harrison, a first-year starter, was named a starting outside linebacker on AFC’s 2008 Pro Bowl squad for his outstanding play during the regular season. Through 15 games, Harrison leads all Steelers with 8.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. He has registered 73 tackles (61 solo), one interception and two recovered fumbles. Harrison is also tied for second on the Steelers with 12 special teams tackles (nine solo).



Harrison was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month of November. He put an exclamation point on his season in Week 9 (Nov. 5) when the Steelers hosted the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, by recording nine tackles (eight solo), 3.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and one recovered fumble. Harrison became the first player since 1982 (when the NFL recognized sacks as an official statistic) to record 3.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception in one game. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.



Harrison is the first Steelers linebacker since James Farrior (2004) to be selected by his teammates as the club’s most valuable player. His selection represents the 14th time a linebacker has been selected Steelers MVP since 1969. During that time, 10 different linebackers received the honor, including three players ― Jack Lambert (1976, ’81), Greg Lloyd (’91, ’94) and Levon Kirkland (’98, ’99) ― who were each selected twice.
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:18 PM   #5
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Congrats to James. He has had a great year replacing Peezy.
Second that completely. He definately deserved it. The game he had against Baltimore alone made him deserving.
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I thought it was gonna be Ben, but whoever it is they did a great job. congrats silverback!
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:27 PM   #7
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not a surprise at all. i have been saying for quite a long time that he should replace either porter or foote. many said i was crazy and that harrison would be nothing more than an average backup LB.

now we need timmons and woodley to step up or the steelers coaching staff to allow them to step up.
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Great for James, and congrats to him, but I think Ben deserved it more.
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I was a little surprised that it wasn't Ben or Willie again, especially Ben with the year he had.

However, Harrison did an excellent job this year on D... so he is also very deserving. good for him.
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I think Ben deserved it more but congrats to James Harrison.
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