Schefter: Larry Johnson wants to play for the Steelers

So if running back Larry Johnson clears waivers and becomes a free agent, where would he like to play?

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Johnson hopes to be a Steeler.

And, frankly, the Steelers would be one of the few teams that would be undeterred by Johnson’s history of misconduct, if the Steelers decide that they want him.  Sure, if he wasn’t a very good player, the fact that he has a history of disrespecting women and a more recent habit of homophobic slurs would keep the Steelers from ever considering him.  But if the Steelers decide that Johnson can help the cause, we’ll hear about second chances and mitigating circumstances.

Case in point?  Current Steelers linebacker James Harrison and former Steelers receiver Cedrick Wilson engaged in similar conduct only a week or so apart in March 2008.  Excuses were made for Harrison; Wilson received no such consideration.

The Steelers aren’t the only sports team to apply a double standard.  But at a time when plenty of NFL teams fret about the potential fallout from the arrival of controversial players, the Steelers are fortunate to have a forgiving fan base and a local media that consists of plenty of eyes accustomed to looking the other way.
 

62 responses to “Schefter: Larry Johnson wants to play for the Steelers

  1. i dont see it.
    a. he isnt productive.
    b. with their osamabama connections… johnson hasnt been friendly to a core group of the dimmyrat party.

  2. Larry Johnson wants to play for the Steelers
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    And I want to hook up with Miss America.
    Both of these are equally likely to happen.

  3. Never happen. The Steelers give players that already play for them second chances if they trust them. They do not take risks on locker room cancers with attitude problems.

  4. # slipkid says: November 9, 2009 8:07 PM
    i dont see it.
    a. he isnt productive.
    b. with their osamabama connections… johnson hasnt been friendly to a core group of the dimmyrat party.
    FYI…the Rooney’s are Republicans.

  5. hey florio, how about you learn to use the subjunctive before shooting your fat mouth off. if you WEREN’T such a hack, maybe you WOULD take pride in your craft. fyi the conditional mandates use of the imperfect subjunctive.

  6. Larry Johnson should squat down and crap in one hand, then reach for the Steelers with the other hand and see which one fills up first…

  7. I don’t think the Steelers will take him, but what I find humorous in this article is how Florio tries to justify it if they do, a sort of preemptive strike against criticism. Man, I wish the Bengals could have gotten this type of treatment from PFT back in the day when they were in the business of hiring people with questionable character, but I guess there’s nothing else that could be expected from a Steelers homer. Nice consistency there, pal.

  8. Who do they cut? Mewelde Moore? Willie Parker? No way. And don’t give me “Parker’s done”. Yeah he’s done, AFTER the season’s over.
    The only thing he would even be useful for is as a short-yardage guy, and considering the price tag he’s gonna come with, it would be mighty stupid to spend that much on a guy who may only come in 5 times a game. The short-yardage game hasn’t even been that huge of a problem over the past couple weeks.
    Stop thinking about the off-the-field issues and actually look on-the-field for this one. Because let’s be real, the attitude isn’t a problem. I’m sure Tomlin would take the challenge of trying to get through to him and the he has the leeway with the Rooney’s now to give it a shot.
    Tomlin just doesn’t need him. Simple as that.

  9. He’s not good enough to make the Steelers.
    If it was training camp right now, he’d be 5th on the RB depth chart.
    Even the Texans, who need a bigger runner, wouldn’t really be helped by him. There are better free agent RBs out there.

  10. FAT! Ridiculous! I hear Mangina thinks he’s Bellichick too, and the Redskins are going to the superbowl. Block!

  11. What the hell, their QB is an accused rapist, what’s a woman-beating running back? All they need to do is trade for accused murderer Ray Lewis and they’re on their way to an all-thug roster.

  12. As a representative of the group he slurred (and one who can be found on most nights with slurred speech) I say this should happen right now. Go STEELERS!

  13. Wow Florio I like how putting your girl friend in the hospital (Wilson) is the same as having a shouting match in your front yard over if your son should be baptized or not (Harrison). Further more, if your time line is right than Harrison had 0 sacks and played in 11 games (mostly on special teams), where as Wilson had become a solid 3rd WR.

  14. All you Biased little Steeler twinks. We only give our trusted players 2nd chances. Fooey I wouldnt trust that Thug Harrison with my pet Turd

  15. Wow Florio I like how putting your girl friend in the hospital (Wilson) is the same as having a shouting match in your front yard over if your son should be baptized or not (Harrison). Further more, if your time line is right than Harrison had 0 sacks and played in 11 games (mostly on special teams), where as Wilson had become a solid 3rd WR.
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    Took me 10 seconds to find these
    Arrest happened in 2008
    On November 5, 2007 Harrison had a standout game on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens. He piled up 9 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 interception.
    Police said Tibbott had “red marks” on her left cheek. She had called them after the alleged assault, saying she was afraid of Harrison.

  16. brettski: “fyi the conditional mandates use of the imperfect subjunctive. ”
    PLEASE, on behalf of the entire PFT readership ……
    STFU.

  17. bearsrule, they must apparently not be very republican since someone named rooney went all in and supported osamabama for president and then became ambassador to ireland.
    nice try. thanks for playing. you dont know jack.

  18. Johnson should sign with San Francisco and lead a couple Gay Pride Parades as his penis, oops, sorry, … penance for his comments.

  19. Wow, Larry and Big Ben in the same town!!! The fat bucktoothed woman in pittsburg beware. these guys will bang anything.

  20. An old Florio favorite, the Harrison/Wilson comparison. I’m glad you dusted this one off, I’d been missing it.

  21. Not surprising. There are only so many black coaches in the league and Larry Johnson’s beliefs that he cannot be coached by a white coach are well documented. Right now only the Steelers and Bengals fit the bill and have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.

  22. this is not a story. espn is soulless. larry johnson wants alot of things, like the clock to back 3 years so he could have his talent back. he can play be hind the wash hogs, the cowboys that protected aikman and smith and the chiefs oline in 2003 all blocking for his stumbling a$$. once he got the big contract, he semi-retired. go to pitt go to NE go anywhere he’s worse than edge james.

  23. “What the hell, their QB is an accused rapist, what’s a woman-beating running back? All they need to do is trade for accused murderer Ray Lewis and they’re on their way to an all-thug roster.”
    So Rich, your main point about the Steelers being thugs features two guys that never have been and never will be on the Steelers and a QB that has never been charged with anything? Why didn’t you just throw Rae Carruth in there? What a dumb post. Let me guess, Browns fan?

  24. bearsrule says:
    November 9, 2009 8:14 PM
    # slipkid says: November 9, 2009 8:07 PM
    i dont see it.
    a. he isnt productive.
    b. with their osamabama connections… johnson hasnt been friendly to a core group of the dimmyrat party.
    FYI…the Rooney’s are Republicans.
    HEY BEARSRULE YOUR A MORON BECAUSE ROONEY WAS THE ONLY OWNER TO SUPPORT OBAMA AND ARE DEMOCRATS.. BUT U LIBERALS DONT DO YOUR RESEARCH BUT GOOD JOB

  25. here is why Johnson shouldnt want to go to Pittsburgh, playing time, if he goes, he will back up both Mendenhall and maybe even Parker, if he wants to start or get a lot of carries, the Eagles are a team who he should look at, they need a power back and he would fit right in, the Redskins are another team, the Browns too and the packers.

  26. “habit of homophobic slurs would keep the Steelers from ever considering him. ”
    Hrm. trying to say theres a lot of gays on the steelers? I have my suspicions on a few of them. Out them now.

  27. 1. The Rooney’s are Republicans.
    2. Dan Rooney supported Barack Obama for president because he knows a winner when he sees one.
    3. He also knew that the ambassador job was his with a win.
    Carry on…

  28. Oh Vox honey….precious must be feeling confident that the girlies are on a 4 game win streak. Don’t get your hopes up yet sweetheart. If you are fortunate enough to make the playoffs well all know what happens there!!!

  29. The Eagles are a perfect spot for him. He’d fit right in and there is no doubt in my mind he would be rejuvenated. It would help his career and the Eagles.
    Of course he won’t happen because Andy Ried hates running the ball and besides, in Reid’s eyes, LJ hasn’t messed up enough to be signed.

  30. It’s always fun watching retarded Steelers haters try to play the “backwoods hick” card when classifying Pittsburghers. Here’s a little factoid for you intellectual midgets: Pittsburgh is the #2 city in America in college degrees per capita. So keep trying. Pittsburgh will continue to be a leader in medical research and higher education……..while we Pittsburghers continue to point and laugh at your ignorant and uninformed opinions of a city you’ve never been to and of people you’ve never met.

  31. Boy it sure is easy to spot the Steeler Haters here.
    Sorry your teams make you so miserable.
    Rich…I take it you are a judge and jury all rolled into one!

  32. When it comes to the Steelers, “plenty of eyes accustomed to looking the other way” are not limited to the media, as you have suggested.

  33. This is not news.
    Everyone wants to play for the most successful franchaise in NFL history.
    Take a number and get in line L.J.

  34. Literally one of the stupidest articles I’ve ever read. Kinda makes me think you know nothing. Cap room alone should have kept you from writing this. And just because the Steelers keep one of their own who get in trouble, doesn’t mean that they go out of their way to sign a guy who has been in trouble his whole college and professional career. I feel dumber for reading this. Idiot.

  35. Florio – The National Enquirer called and wants their LJ story back. One last thing are you contracting to Ravens fans to help you with PFT…because I’m almost sure this article smells like a purple Ratbird dung.

  36. The Steelers already have a washed up, ineffective running back why would they need another one. It will never happen.

  37. “It’s always fun watching retarded Steelers haters try to play the “backwoods hick” card when classifying Pittsburghers. Here’s a little factoid for you intellectual midgets: Pittsburgh is the #2 city in America in college degrees per capita. So keep trying. Pittsburgh will continue to be a leader in medical research and higher education……..while we Pittsburghers continue to point and laugh at your ignorant and uninformed opinions of a city you’ve never been to and of people you’ve never met.”
    It’s always fun watching an arrogant, ignorant Pittsburgher try to make themselves sound like they’re better than they are. FYI, I’ve lived in Pittsburgh for 8 years and just opened a retail business here. It’s not hard to identify some very clear things:
    – Pittsburgh is one of the most racially segregated cities in the country. Both sides are guilty, but it’s certainly not a progressive mindset.
    – Pittsburgh has a really high number of college graduates……who almost ALWAYS leave the city. Pennsylvania’s #1 export is college graduates. Not steel. Not coal. Not medical or computer technology, although that’s gaining. It’s college graduates, because decades upon decades of liberal democratic union rulers have turned this town into a tax-sucking, low-class, backwoods cesspool of little to no opportunity for college graduates to stay and find work because no large or small businesses want to headquarter here due to insane taxes & regulation.
    – Pittsburgh just voted for a 29-year old Democrat Yinzer hillbilly puppet as Mayor….again. For anyone to meet or listen to Luke Ravenstahl and not ask, “is there not someone better?” deserves him. He’s bucket.
    – Yes, Pittsburgh is a leader in medical research and higher education. Must be easy to do when you buy up all the property, make millions as college & hospital administrators, and never have to pay a dime in property taxes, leaving it to the rest of the small businesses in town. Now, our wonderful mayor is imposing instead a tax on student tuition. STUDENT TUITION. In the city & state that can’t keep most of its huge number of college graduates. Brilliant idea, Puke Ravenstahl!
    – Finally, we’re talking about the same town that wouldn’t think twice about supporting a rapist quarterback, a wife-beating Super Bowl MVP, a drunken kicker, or more – as long as the football team is winning, morals move down the ladder of priority.
    This town needs an enema. (Independant or Conservative leadership would also help.)

  38. If Pittsburgh people are so smart as pointed out why do the fans keep suggesting they are the most successful franchise in NFL history? I don’t think you can count, the Green Bay Packers are not the Steelers. The Packers have won 12 since the AFPA which was the original NFL.
    If Pittsburgh wants some type of respect, they can claim they’ve won the most superbowls since its inception but most definitely not the most successful franchise in NFL history.
    Let’s put it this way, you’ve won the most trophies and that’s it.

  39. FireJerryJones says:
    November 9, 2009 8:13 PM
    I guess it’s the right fit. There are no gay men or pretty women in Pitssburgh right?
    The last time I was there, I sure as hell didn’t see many pretty women, but there are a ton of gay guys. Seriously, there where a ton of them. The downtown area, called the warehouse district, I was kind of shocked, it was like Key West but dirtier.

  40. @ Matt Hoover Finally, we’re talking about the same town that wouldn’t think twice about supporting a rapist quarterback, a wife-beating Super Bowl MVP, a drunken kicker, or more – as long as the football team is winning, morals move down the ladder of priority.
    One, There have been no criminal charges pressed against Ben, has it been proven that he done this, I think not. yes, Reed has his issues, but it is idiots like you that fuel them so keep it coming. The more people like you spew your distaste for the Steelers the more they thrive , keep it coming, If you are so unhappy with the the way things are in Pittsburgh, Leave, Im sure you will not be missed.

  41. Do a little research into the nature of the two incidents–Harrison’s and Wilson’s. The circumstances were hardly the same and, in Harrison’s case, he wasn’t prosecuted. I hate that you spew your half-truths just to stir up attention, and I hate that here I am taking up the bait again. You’re a dick, Florio. There’s no other way to put it.

  42. Which NFL team has the most faithful fans who show up in the thousands at every away game they play?
    I think you do. If not, you shouldn’t be blogging here.

  43. Release Carey Davis and sign Larry johnson as a Fullback. Or release Limas Sweed, stefan Logan can fill his position, and have Johnson be a goal line back.

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