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Read the Whole Article
July 15, 2011 - Al Stephenson
I was prepared to write a scathing indictment of James Harrison, describing the man as crazy. I had read the excerpts from the story in Men's Journal and was as outraged as anyone else. The man just had to be crazy.
Then I read the entire article in Men's Journal.
I will admit that I believe the man is certifiably crazy, but you will get no scathing indictment from me.
If you read the whole thing, you just might agree with Harrison that many of his comments were taken out of context. Of course there is enough of them that you can't rule out crazy. The story though sheds some light on the man and I do have a theory about him.
James Harrison is a football player, perhaps I should say "old school" football player. He is a linebacker that attacks ball carriers and quarterbacks with the express purpose of blowing them up. Is he dirty? I really don't think so. Is he mean? Oh you bet! The idea of tackling a football player is to prevent him from proceeding further. The harder you hit him, the quicker he stops AND the less he wants to go places you don't want him to go.
Harrison plays mean. He hits hard. AND he takes his football mentality off the field to other phases of his life. He is honest and forthright. He will tell you exactly what he thinks, feelings be damned. He will rip the NFL's commissioner and fellow teammates as well as opponents he loathes.
Yes he is crazy. Yet he is interesting. Read the whole article and you will see what I mean.
The view from my seat suggests that Harrison's future in the NFL may be short lived. He may find himself on the outside looking in, but not for vicious hits. It may well come from running his mouth.
Hurt the wrong feelings...
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