Harrison quickly changes his tune about the Patriots

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If you can’t cheat ’em, join ’em.  Or something.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who repeatedly has railed against the Patriots for cheating the Steelers out of the 2004 AFC title, is now willing to play for the team he has loved to hate.

“Of course it would be nice to play with Tom Brady,” Harrison told Josina Anderson of ESPN.  “I mean who wouldn’t want to?

To quote the immortal Manya:  “You!  You said so!

“I should have another ring,” Harrison told Men’s Journal in 2011.  “We were the best team in football in 2004, but the Patriots, who we beat during the regular season, stole our signals and picked up 90 percent of our blitzes [in the AFC title game].  They got busted for it later, but hey, they’re Goodell’s boys, so he slapped ‘em $500,000 and burned the tapes.  Was he going to rescind their Super Bowls?  Man, hell no!”

But, hey, unemployment has a way of changing minds and softening hearts.

Who knows?  Maybe Harrison would even be willing at some point to urinate on Commissioner Goodell, if he were on fire.

52 responses to “Harrison quickly changes his tune about the Patriots

  1. Harrison turned down $4 million per year plus incentives that could have brought him near $7 million.

    He’s just now realizing the vet minimum is $985K and he’s a 35 year old linebacker.

  2. I thought thtat the reason the steelers won that game was because the pats were down a db, wr, rb, starting left tackle, then the backup left tackle went down as well. He can join the list of disgruntled pats punching on the jets if he wants ( like tomlinson). The Steelers weren’t better, period.

  3. I can forget about those comments after thinking about him and Wilfork along with the whole front 7 getting pressure we haven’t seen in a long time. Especially with a likely low investment, and if he starts to step out of line we all know what will happen.
    Just hope the secondary is also addressed or else the pressure would be negated.

  4. So the great Dick Labeau, knowing that all teams try to steal signals (with cameras or not), decided that he would keep the exact same signals from October through January huh? Blah blah. Big Ben threw 3 interceptions that night, including a pick 6 to Harrison, and Bettis fumbled away another opportunity in Patriot territory. Keep crying.

  5. As a Patriots fan he might be a good fit for there soft defense. He would add a little nastiness that has been missing for a long time

  6. The 2004 Steelers are so delusional. You didn’t lose because the Pats used a video camera for something that was already in plain sight. You lost because you turned the ball over 4 times.

  7. Picking up a LB from the Steelers is like picking up a QB from the Eagles. They look good until they leave for another team. Of all the LBs that have left the Steelers, Joey Porter is the only one that found success with another team and that success lasted for two years.

  8. “As a Pats fan, I could care less what players say about them. At the end of the day everyone just hates because they want to be them.”
    —————————————————

    Good news, you’ve now reached Cowboys level. Nice.

  9. It’s easy I complain & blame if you are a steeler fan… It’s difficult to accept reality. You lost those games. Deal with it. You are a good franchise too. It’s ok

  10. mcjon22 says:
    Mar 9, 2013 11:21 PM
    “The Pats have what, 15 mil in cap room? Why is EVERY free agent linked to NE? Just stop it”

    They actually have $25 mil to play with, but agree that it’s a joke that every free agent is linked to them. The Pats are the most secretive team in the NFL. Most of this ‘information’ coming out is by agents to drive up the price on other teams for their clients. Or it’s being put out intentionally by the Pats to do the same thing for the competitors. Example; I doubt they’re really interested in Wallace, but if it appears so, maybe their division rival Miami overpays for him.

  11. Good. Let him not get to the QB in somebody else’s uniform. Let’s not forget he only had TWO actually good seasons & Jason Worilds, Harrison’s back-up, led the team in sacks last year. It’s really not that big of a loss.

  12. keiselsbeard is a typical steeler fan. All their players are Pro Bowlers until the steelers can’t afford them anymore. Then its ‘they suck, who needs them, next man up’. Got a clue for ya pal, Worilds is a JAG/bust.

  13. Thanks, but no thanks. We don’t need this guy. His best days (i.e., his best cheap shots) are behind him. I’d rather seem someone younger if they are going after an OLB in FA.

  14. He’s going to play forever pays him, who cares what his thoughts on that team were in the past. He’s doing exactly what 99% on the population would do.

  15. This guy is a hard-nosed football player. You gotta love that style from a player. He has a nastiness you cant teach. Of course the Pats would love to have him. Don’t kid yourselves.

  16. This just in – Teams have been have been stealing signals from the other teams in sports – baseball, hockey basketball, football, etc. – since the invention of dirt.

    And that was a long time ago.

    Solution? Find a way to keep them – the bad guys – from doing it.

    That was easy

    (of course you also have to find a way to keep stealing the other team’s signals w/o getting caught yourself)

  17. Example; I doubt they’re really interested in Wallace, but if it appears so, maybe their division rival Miami overpays for him.

    the patz has nothing to do with what Wallace will get. The Dolphins already know they will probably have to overpay if they want him. patz dont have the cap space and are cheap as well.

  18. I’m kinda liking how teams are starting to shun players who think they’re worth more than they are. Maybe we’re seeing a change here.

  19. This guy has a head of solid bone! Which is why he continually hit with the top of it, illegally.

  20. hehateme2 says:
    Mar 10, 2013 9:16 AM
    Example; I doubt they’re really interested in Wallace, but if it appears so, maybe their division rival Miami overpays for him.

    the patz has nothing to do with what Wallace will get. The Dolphins already know they will probably have to overpay if they want him. patz dont have the cap space and are cheap as well.

    Sure they could have something to say, all they have to do is give the agent a ‘softball’ number to take back to the Dolphins, and hope that they counter. And they do have the cap space ($25 M), I just don’t think they’ll spend part of it on Wallace.

  21. He was a great player for Pittsburgh. The greatest play in Super Bowl history, but he has little if anything left. I hope someone gives him a huge signing bonus.

  22. There is nothing here where Harrison is changing his tune. He still knows the patriots cheated back in 2004- we all know it, besides those in Boston who willfully stick their heads in the sand. (Look I am an A’s fan- It took me until 2007 to come to grips that 1989 was a sham due to cheating- maybe you guys just need another decade)

    But the priority in the NFL will ALWAYS be Money, then winning, then everything else. Harrison will go to the team offering the most money- very simple. Is he willing to go to a team that cheated him if it pays an extra 100k- there is no question.

  23. Don’t bother thinking about the rising Miami Dolphins either…. Remember your Tweet ” this time last year: “no one wants to play in Miami” good luck luck getting a 1 year contract with about 3 or 4 better Vets ahead of you and they are not cheap shot artists and/ or Twitter loudmouths.

  24. He’s one of a handful of guys I hope never ever ever dons a Pats uniform…ever. None of those fools who cackled about camera gate (including him and Ryan Clark who were still doing it circa the Pats SB loss in 46) are welcome on my team by me or a by lot of other Pats fans.

    I wonder how Mr. super genius Harrison explains how the Pats beat the Steelers in 07 or 2010?

    Funny thing is BB probably wouldn’t care. If the he thinks the guy can help his team win, he’s interested. He’s been name called to death and still welcomed guys back (hi Ty Law). He’s a better person that way than most of us Pats fans, we take it personally.

  25. This article and title was plagiarized from Jeff Howe’s article Florio. Come on man. If you’re going to just re-report news items atleast chage the title.

  26. Lobbying to play with Tom Brady suggests to me that Harrison became a little tired of playing with a quarterback who averages less than 1.5 TD passes per game for an offense that averages about 20 points per game. Can’t say as I blame him.

  27. The verse does NOT say money is the root of all evil. It’s says the love of money is the root of all evil. Please know what you’re talking about if you’re going to quote scripture.

  28. “I! Had a pony
    … my sister had pony, my causin had pony…”

    Thanks PFT! Classic stuff at a perfect time for me.

  29. steelers88 says:
    Mar 10, 2013 12:29 AM
    I’m going to miss Harrison but if he joins the Patriots or Ravens all bets are off!

    Man, if he joins the Ravens, I bet ole Ravenator will change his tune about Harrison

  30. “keiselsbeard says:Mar 10, 2013 8:06 AM
    Good. Let him not get to the QB in somebody else’s uniform. Let’s not forget he only had TWO actually good seasons & Jason Worilds, Harrison’s back-up, led the team in sacks last year. It’s really not that big of a loss.”

    No team will be better off with Harrison. How can Steelers fans forget that Debo is on Goodell’s blacklist, so any left tackle can hold Debo every play and won’t get called for it. Goodell doesn’t want a helmet to helmet hit, so until Debo changes his style of hitting the QB, he’ll get no holding calls and no sacks! PERIOD!

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