Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison wishes that he hadn’t signed on for the 2017 season since he’s not seeing the field.
“James Harrison told me today if he had known he wasn’t going to play much [inactive for 6 games, DNP for two more], he would not have signed with the Steelers this season,” wrote NBC’s Michele Tafoya. “Would he have played somewhere else? ‘Oh, yeah,’ he said. ‘Who wants to NOT play?’”
Harrison is a legend. He spent one down year with the Cincinnati Bengals, but the rest of his entire career has been in Pittsburgh. He’s the type of player people will mention in 30 years when talking about the great Steelers in the Hall of Fame. He’s a fan favorite and a leader.
And he wishes he was somewhere else.
The Steelers have simply been moving on. Whether he’s on the roster or not, they’re going with youth. Stars like rookie T.J. Watt are getting the snaps. Harrison, at 39 years old, is watching from the sidelines.
Harrison has 788 career tackles and 82.5 sacks. This year? Just three tackles and one sack. They all came against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 15th. It’s the only game in which he’s recorded anything. Even other games where he technically played just saw him on the field for a handful of meaningless snaps.
It’s grating on him. The Steelers have talked about having a plan for him and there’s been speculation that they’re saving him for the playoffs. Maybe they are.
But for now, Harrison wishes he wasn’t in Pittsburgh at all. He wishes he’d signed somewhere else. The Steelers are poised to lock down the No. 1 seed in the AFC if they can beat the Patriots next Sunday, but Harrison has realistically not been part of the campaign at all, and he’s finally fed up.