Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison just signed with the New England Patriots. That’s a bit hard to stomach for retired Patriots linebacker Teddy Bruschi.
“For me, though, you welcome him in, but it takes a little time to get used to this signing for me,” Bruschi said on ESPN.
It’s worth noting that Bruschi was smiling when he said it, and he’d just gotten done praising Harrison’s ability on the football field, even at 39 years old. That’s what he’s paid to do as an analyst.
However, he can’t ignore Harrison’s checkered past. All of the needless penalties. The tough-guy persona that he works so hard to put on, even when he’s not on the field. Harrison even made things personal in one interview in a way Bruschi may find hard to ignore.
“I should have another ring,” Harrison said to Paul Solotaroff of Men’s Journal in 2011. “We were the best team in football in 2004, but the Patriots, who we beat during the regular season, stole our signals and picked up 90 percent of our blitzes [in the AFC Championship Game]. They got busted for it later, but, hey, they’re [Roger] Goodell’s boys, so he slapped ’em $500,000 and burned the tapes. Was he going to rescind their Super Bowls? – man, hell no!
“I hate those motherf—ers, especially those two clowns who talked about me after the fines [former safety Rodney Harrison and Bruschi]. Sayin’ I’m dirty – shit, Harrison was the dirtiest player ever, a steroid cheater who was known by the whole world to be a headhunter and late hitter. And Bruschi’s an idiot, straight-up simple. I’d like to meet them both in a dark alley.”
You have to give Harrison credit for being dedicated to his image, but is that the type of thing guys such as quarterback Tom Brady, who won Super Bowls with Bruschi, can really ignore?