James Harrison has been called many things during his NFL career, but “nice guy” is not one of them.
At least, “nice guy” isn’t what people observing Harrison from the outside called him during his NFL career. But Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who played alongside Harrison for six seasons in Pittsburgh, says the perceptions of Harrison are not reality.
“James looks mean and tough, but he’s one of the nicest guys you’re going to meet,” Woodley told MLive.com.
Woodley was speaking at the fundraising event he organized for the schools in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan — an event at which Harrison spent time speaking to children and to parents. Although Woodley is sorry not to be Harrison’s teammate anymore, he said he’s looking forward to playing against him now that Harrison is in Cincinnati.
“We’re going to beat the Bengals twice, and Harrison will say they’ll beat us twice,” Woodley said.
And when those games are over, Woodley will exchange a handshake with one of the nicest guys he’s ever met. Even if during the game, Harrison isn’t very nice to Ben Roethlisberger.