We’ve heard Steelers linebacker James Harrison trash Roger Goodell before, so his words about the Commissioner in this month’s Men’s Journal weren’t exactly shocking. (Although adding urine and homophobia to the equation was a nice touch.)
The more surprising and possibly lasting comments Harrison made were about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s performance in the Super Bowl last year.
“Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the D to bail you out again,” Harrison said. “Or hand the ball off and stop trying to act like Peyton Manning. You ain’t that and you know it, man; you just get paid like he does.”
Awesome. Roethlisberger could point out Harrison made very little impact for much of the game, finishing with one tackle. The Steelers just didn’t get consistent pressure on Aaron Rodgers until it was too late.
It’s at this point in the news cycle where Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would call Harrison and tell him to zip it for the sake of the team. Of course, Tomlin can’t talk to Harrison until the lockout ends. Heck, this interview (and this picture) may not have gotten past a Steelers P.R. staffer if there was no lockout in place.
At least the work stoppage was good for something.