James Harrison on falling asleep in meetings: Who hasn’t?

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Some of James Harrison‘s former teammates didn’t hold back once the pass-rusher signed with New England. Soon after Pittsburgh cut Harrison, a report surfaced that he slept during team meetings and sometimes skipped practices.

So what’s the big deal?

“Who hasn’t fell asleep in a meeting?” Harrison said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Just get the facts straight: Harrison did not sleep in a recliner.

“We don’t have recliners, so it’s not possible,” he said.

The Patriots were the only team to offer Harrison once the Steelers bid farewell, and his signing with the archenemy created a firestorm. Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey contended that Harrison “erased his own legacy” in going to the Patriots.

Harrison insists he doesn’t care about his legacy and will continue to call Pittsburgh home.

“I don’t know,” Harrison said of his legacy. “Ask ah, Franco [Harris], I guess.”

28 responses to “James Harrison on falling asleep in meetings: Who hasn’t?

  1. What else can Big Ben and Tomlin do? They’re going to be all that’s left.

    Thank God they’re clearing out all the bad apples though.

  2. Harrison wanted to play as much as possible in his final year or two and it’s clear He only started his minor actions after Steelers didn’t stick to their side of an agrrement about playing him when he re-signed with them. What’s sadly typical is the lack of grace shown by the Steelers’ org and players when he was cut – and what’s hillarious is that they get to watch him in the SB!

  3. Dude just wanted to play and the Pats were the only team that took him. Not personal, just business. Exactly like the business of not playing him and eventually releasing him.

  4. He wasn’t being played…. he’s been doing what he does for years…. he already understands the defensive signals & understands his role when he’s on the field….unless a long time vet is being utilized & engaged in some way like he was TOLD he would be & then instead be ignored & passed over, I can understand sleeping in meetings….

  5. Legacy? That’s for the media and talking heads. At the end of the day the dude wants to play football not ride the pine. Especially after working out almost 24/7.

  6. The only reason he left is because the Pats wanted him and Pittsburgh didnt. He didnt do anything to them. He helped win their last SB, anyone who wants to discount him for the team not wanting him is crazy. I dont hate Ty Law for signing with the Jets

  7. All of this shows how messed up the Steelers are. They should be focusing on their own team and the fact that they lost a playoff game at home to a team they should have beaten, yet again.

  8. So what’s the big deal? Who hasn’t fell asleep in a meeting?

    Wow. I can’t even believe that some teams would allow that to happen. That type of behavior has to be allowed in order for it to happen. Shows how the coaches run things over there and why they have such a hard winning in the biggest games. Very little discipline. Disrespectful too, to everyone who is giving 100%. I can’t imagine a player sleeping in a BB meeting. You don’t want to be ‘that’ guy. If the game is important to you, you should be preparing, not sleeping, ever. Sleep at home. Kind of stunned.

  9. It’s hard to fault the Steelers here for doing right by Harrison. They had two young players whose performance earned playing time over Harrison. They could have suspended him, but out of respect, released him. They were probably hoping that any one of the 30 teams other than the Patriots would pick him up off waivers, but that didn’t happen. Harrison should feel good that the Steelers gave him this opportunity. The only thing the Steelers really did wrong here was to badmouth him after he signed with the Patriots. It’s not as if they should have expected him to sign anywhere else and most of them, if they were in his shoes, would have done the same thing. If they say they wouldn’t, then they are liars.

  10. Since the NFL is looking to expand China we should should send both Pounceys and both Bennetts there as ambassadors. I hear that they block tweets from leaving the country so the world will be a better place for doing so.

  11. I fall asleep in meetings. What is one to do, take speed? Falling asleep in meetings is considered OK in Japan. Its natural. Think about it.

  12. It just proves that the Steelers organization and the negative fans have no class. When Adam Vinatieri left the Patriots to join the Colts, nothing but praise followed him. When Ray Bourque left the Bruins to Colorado, same thing. When Curtis martin left the Patriots, same thing. The list goes on. Don’t fault the guy because the team he’s playing doesn’t see his value, releases him, and then doesn’t pick him back up. An athletes legacy is defined by the results of their career, not what jersey they’re wearing.

  13. shine94 says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:24 am
    It just proves that the Steelers organization and the negative fans have no class. When Adam Vinatieri left the Patriots to join the Colts, nothing but praise followed him. When Ray Bourque left the Bruins to Colorado, same thing. When Curtis martin left the Patriots, same thing. The list goes on. Don’t fault the guy because the team he’s playing doesn’t see his value, releases him, and then doesn’t pick him back up. An athletes legacy is defined by the results of their career, not what jersey they’re wearing

    So how do the Celtics feel about Isaiah Thomas? Once again, Boston confirms what most outsiders think: love the town, hate the people.

  14. @grant35, IT is the one badmouthing Boston, I haven’t heard much negativity about IT coming FROM Boston.

    But to your point, every city is the same in this regard. Bostonians were merciless to people like Boggs, Clemens and Damon when they left for the Yankees. No city is immune to such passion.

  15. 100 yard TD interception in a Superbowl is erased now? I still remember that!!
    Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Curtis Martin, Steve Smith, Randy Moss, Jerome Bettis, Drew Brees…all gave no legacy with their former team now?
    It’s a business on BOTH sides. They didn’t want him, he still thought ( rightfully so btw) he still had some in the tank. He signed with the only team that wanted him. He’s in the big show. They are home watching it. Nuff said.

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