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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.

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52 Responses to “Harrison quickly changes his tune about the Patriots”
  1. lolo376 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:17 PM

    Harrison may have forgotten about those comments, but I’m sure Belichick hasn’t.

  2. daknight93 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:18 PM

    Harrison would be looked upon as a hypocrite if he feels this way about the pats and sign with them..

  3. dustinbrady1215 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:19 PM

    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.

  4. 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

  5. bh83 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:41 PM

    No thanks

  6. bullpuppy552 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:43 PM

    Can you say two faced

  7. msclemons67 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:51 PM

    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.

  8. pistolpete31 says: Mar 10, 2013 12:01 AM

    Would be a nice addition, the Pats D has needed an identity and I think he can help form one along with Talib. Defense wins championships

  9. tim8450 says: Mar 10, 2013 12:06 AM

    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.

  10. cromags says: Mar 10, 2013 12:11 AM

    Everyone hates the Patriots until they become free agents.

  11. cromags says: Mar 10, 2013 12:11 AM

    Which stolen signal stopped them from tackling Troy Brown?

  12. steeltuff says: Mar 10, 2013 12:12 AM

    Money is the root of all evil.

  13. joshhatesthesteelers says: Mar 10, 2013 12:19 AM

    I love this guy

  14. 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!

  15. dangernearing says: Mar 10, 2013 12:32 AM

    Get ‘em to the Superbowl and all is forgiven. Go Pats!

  16. patriots420 says: Mar 10, 2013 12:33 AM

    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.

  17. jtt183 says: Mar 10, 2013 12:42 AM

    Yeah…had nothing to do with Roethlisberger throwing 3 picks…

  18. patriotinvasion says: Mar 10, 2013 1:55 AM

    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.

  19. fitzy187 says: Mar 10, 2013 1:57 AM

    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

  20. heisthejuan says: Mar 10, 2013 4:48 AM

    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.

  21. spfripp says: Mar 10, 2013 4:56 AM

    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.

  22. orivar says: Mar 10, 2013 5:34 AM

    “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.

  23. joeyd524 says: Mar 10, 2013 6:59 AM

    Every team should want this guy,as a giants fan I would love it..nasty

  24. razzlejag says: Mar 10, 2013 7:19 AM

    When did 4 million dollars stop being a lot of money?

  25. whyareyousomad says: Mar 10, 2013 7:32 AM

    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

  26. rockislander says: Mar 10, 2013 7:59 AM

    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.

  27. 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.

  28. dbfan4ever says: Mar 10, 2013 8:31 AM

    I suspect that Harrison would have love for whatever team is willing to show him the $$

  29. tedmurph says: Mar 10, 2013 8:43 AM

    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.

  30. Josh says: Mar 10, 2013 8:48 AM

    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.

  31. sfm073 says: Mar 10, 2013 8:51 AM

    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.

  32. steel2372 says: Mar 10, 2013 8:57 AM

    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.

  33. 1historian says: Mar 10, 2013 9:04 AM

    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)

  34. 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.

  35. ripster65 says: Mar 10, 2013 9:26 AM

    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.

  36. tv426 says: Mar 10, 2013 9:43 AM

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

  37. rockislander says: Mar 10, 2013 9:48 AM

    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.

  38. runtheball says: Mar 10, 2013 10:00 AM

    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.

  39. bigsuede says: Mar 10, 2013 10:03 AM

    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.

  40. jerruhjones says: Mar 10, 2013 10:24 AM

    Steelers! You make me laugh!

  41. laxcoach37 says: Mar 10, 2013 10:25 AM

    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.

  42. CKL says: Mar 10, 2013 10:32 AM

    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.

  43. frankdatank23 says: Mar 10, 2013 11:23 AM

    Best quote ever……

  44. mccourty1sland says: Mar 10, 2013 3:11 PM

    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.

  45. 1mommicked1 says: Mar 10, 2013 6:26 PM

    I would be satisfied with Harrison’s apology if he were to say ok I would pee on him if he were on fire

  46. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 10, 2013 7:48 PM

    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.

  47. tlmoon2112 says: Mar 10, 2013 8:23 PM

    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.

  48. patriotenvy says: Mar 10, 2013 10:42 PM

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

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

  49. bubbahotepp says: Mar 11, 2013 1:59 AM

    Well, they did cheat.

  50. steelersnowand4ever says: Mar 11, 2013 9:07 AM

    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

  51. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 11, 2013 10:05 AM

    What does it say about a team’s coaching if somebody CAN “steal your signals”?

  52. markalban says: Mar 21, 2013 2:04 PM

    “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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