James Harrison won’t watch the Steelers play the Jaguars

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Patriots linebacker James Harrison would seem to have a lot of interest in today’s Jaguars-Steelers game. Not only does the winner play at New England next week in the AFC Championship Game, but the Steelers are the team Harrison spent most of his career with until they cut him last month.

But Harrison said after the Patriots’ Saturday night game that he doesn’t particularly care about Steelers-Jaguars and won’t watch it until it’s time to start film study on Monday.

I don’t pay attention to sports,” Harrison said. “I’m not a sports fan. If my kid’s not playing it, I don’t watch it. If it’s not film study, I don’t watch it. I’m not really into it. . . . It’s my job. I want to get away from my job. You know?”

Would Harrison ever invite his buddies over to watch football?

“Like, all the guys get together and watch a game, like, that’s not interesting to me,” Harrison said.

Harrison said refusing to watch today’s game in Pittsburgh has nothing to do with his feelings about the team.

“Nah, those guys over there know I don’t watch football,” Harrison said. “I haven’t watched football — I play it because I can do it. I’m decent at it. It’s a job.”

Harrison is far from the only football player who doesn’t love football the way a fan does. He’ll find out who won after the game is over, and start preparing accordingly.

27 responses to “James Harrison won’t watch the Steelers play the Jaguars

  1. I completely agree with him here. It’s like when co workers you see Monday thru Friday, 8+ hours a day, spend more time with them than with your family practically, then they want to have a weekend get together. Not that you don’t like the people, but off time is off time, not sure why anyone would ever want to put themselves back in a work type environment of any kind.

  2. Respect the honesty.

    Fans who obsess over teams and players should grow up and realize that many/most players don’t feel the same way about what they see as their job.

  3. I can see his point about how thats work and he wants a break from work. And also only watching film study. But Brady, Belicheck, and a number of folks in the Pats org will watch it live exactly because to them thats their first cut at film study.

  4. As a Patriots fan, I never liked this guy. He’s been a bad guy off the field. Since the Patriots picked him up, he’s done little to change anyone’s opinion. I hope he plays well, gets a ring, and then goes back to Pittsburgh.

  5. pastabelly says:
    January 14, 2018 at 7:56 am

    I hope he plays well, gets a ring, and then goes back to Pittsburgh.

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    The Patriots may not have room for Harrison next year.
    The Patriots have 2 linebackers on IR that should be coming back.
    Dont’a Hightower and Harvey Langi. Plus Defensive End Derek Rivers.

    According to Steeler fans…the Steelers are done with Harrison…because they have younger players that are better.

  6. pastabelly says:
    January 14, 2018 at 7:56 am
    As a Patriots fan, I never liked this guy. He’s been a bad guy off the field. Since the Patriots picked him up, he’s done little to change anyone’s opinion. I hope he plays well, gets a ring, and then goes back to Pittsburgh.

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    I think he signed a 2 year deal or something like that. So as things stand currently his plan for next year would be either the Patriots or retirement.

  7. Who cares about this dirty player? Seriously, he has a career of playing beyond the rules and intentionally seeking to hurt other players. He should have been banned from the sport years ago.

  8. Some BIG ifs here but if Harrison doesn’t really contribute in the playoffs and if the Patriots win the super bowl he should be ashamed to accept a super bowl ring . It’s like jumping into a marathon 500 yards from the finish line and saying you ran the race when you cross the finish line.

  9. As a Patriots fan, I never liked this guy. He’s been a bad guy off the field. Since the Patriots picked him up, he’s done little to change anyone’s opinion. I hope he plays well, gets a ring, and then goes back to Pittsburgh.

    So I guess you hated Hernandez and sucker punching punk …..Gronk. Time to go shine your hypocrites badge of honor.

  10. After his ideas about participation trophies were well publicized Harrison is moving up the ranks of the great philosophers in American sport. I’d put him ahead of Dwayne Thomas, just behind Charles Barkley but still far behind Yogi Berra.

  11. pastabelly says:
    January 14, 2018 at 7:56 am

    As a Patriots fan, I never liked this guy. He’s been a bad guy off the field. Since the Patriots picked him up, he’s done little to change anyone’s opinion. I hope he plays well, gets a ring, and then goes back to Pittsburgh.
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    I have not heard anything about him being a bad guy off the field. From everything i can gather from his personality he is a family man that is a bit of a loner. loner in the sense of doesn’t chum it up with the boys and go out to clubs etc. like a lot of players do .. so what do you mean by a ‘bad guy off the field’?

  12. Harrison is maybe 5’10” and while playing at LB, has been used as an edge rusher for his career. He’s a guy who has played like he was 6’4″. He has a motor unlike many others in this game. Was he underused this year by Pittsburgh? Definitely. He’s a professional. He doesn’t find his work to be entertainment. I’m good with that.

  13. I don’t imagine I’d watch an accountants conference on my day off, either, as bizarre as that must sound to laymen that spend all week talking about accounting in their free time and putting together their weekly accountant fantasy league roster.

  14. Terripet picked Steelers in super bowl. It’s official now. Patriots are going to Super Bowl. Thank you Terripet

  15. “But Brady, Belicheck, and a number of folks in the Pats org will watch it live exactly because to them thats their first cut at film study.”

    Harrison watched the Steelers all season long from inside their practices, meeting rooms and sidelines not to mention practicing with them all season and even playing a couple times. I don’t think he needs to watch much film to know what he’s up against.

  16. I remember once reading HOFer Curtis Martin saying the exact same thing, that he didn’t watch football on TV, wasn’t a fan of the game, and only played the game because he was good at it.

  17. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 14, 2018 at 11:58 am
    “But Brady, Belicheck, and a number of folks in the Pats org will watch it live exactly because to them thats their first cut at film study.”

    Harrison watched the Steelers all season long from inside their practices, meeting rooms and sidelines not to mention practicing with them all season and even playing a couple times. I don’t think he needs to watch much film to know what he’s up against.
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    Too bad, I was looking forward to another Steeler humiliation in Foxborough, but now we’ll have a much tougher matchup vs Jax.

  18. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 14, 2018 at 11:58 am
    “But Brady, Belicheck, and a number of folks in the Pats org will watch it live exactly because to them thats their first cut at film study.”

    Harrison watched the Steelers all season long from inside their practices, meeting rooms and sidelines not to mention practicing with them all season and even playing a couple times. I don’t think he needs to watch much film to know what he’s up against.

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    That assumption that its only Pittsburgh that needs to be studied up on is exactly why Pittsburgh no longer needs to be studied up on.

  19. Look at everyone he’s on his side now just because he’s wearing a different uniform…every coach will tell you that loving the game is an advantage. Guys who are there for paychecks are not.

    Belichick is a huge believer in that, by the way.

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