The James Harrison-to-New England saga this past week had more drama than a middle school cafeteria, with Harrison and his former teammates trading accusations and counter-accusations about who wanted it more and who worked harder and who really has a crush on whom and who’s going to ask whom to the dance. The ultimate verdict on the move remains yet to be determined, but first blood went to Harrison.
On Sunday against the New York Jets, Harrison bettered his entire season totals in a Steelers uniform. While in Pittsburgh in 2017, Harrison played in five games and recorded three tackles and one sack. But in the 26-6 victory over the Jets, Harrison had five tackles (three solo) and two sacks, plus two quarterback hits. Meanwhile, the Steelers came within moments of losing to the winless Cleveland Browns.
After the game, Harrison demonstrated the laser-like focus for which he’s so well known:
James Harrison says he’s looking forward to the playoffs, but first things first: “Monday is legs.”
— Nora Princiotti (@NoraPrinciotti) December 31, 2017
It’s going to be a long postseason, and with New England and Pittsburgh installed as the 1 and 2 seeds in the AFC, Harrison’s prospective reunion with his former teammates won’t happen until the AFC championship, if it happens at all. Harrison might be feeding the Patriots some Pittsburgh secrets, and he might be a mole planted by the Steelers in the New England organization, but bottom line: at least he’s productive.
“I always wonder why I’m not playing,” Harrison said, via WEEI, of his time in Pittsburgh this season. “Like they say, it’s never early and it’s never late. It’s just timing. It might not happen when you want it to happen, but it’ll happen when it’s meant to [happen].”
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