Last season, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison looked like he was still one of the best defensive players on the team.
Harrison led the Steelers in sacks during the regular season and postseason. He signed a two-year contract during the offseason to remain with the team has been with for 14 of his 15 NFL season.
However, he has spent very little time on the field this season. Harrison has only played in four games this season, and the last time he saw game action was in Week 7. Harrison was asked would he have signed somewhere else had he known how little he would play for the Steelers this year.
“Oh yeah,” Harrison said to NBC Sports’ Michele Tafoya. “Who wants to NOT play?”
He probably knew that his role would be reduced with a healthy Bud Dupree, and the drafting of T.J. Watt in the first round. That doesn’t mean he signed up to give helpful pointers in a sweatsuit from the sidelines all year.
Harrison even showed this year that he can still make huge plays during a game.
The Kansas City Chiefs were undefeated when they played the Steelers at home in Week 6. Harrison helped seal a 19-13 victory with by sacking Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith on third down during their final drive.
Maybe the Steelers will call on Harrison during the playoffs to make a play that will live forever in franchise history.
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