It’s somewhat surprising with 77 sacks in his Steelers career, Jason Gildon is the Steelers’ all-time franchise record holder in that category. Perhaps even more surprising is that record still stands almost 14 years after he left the team.
It may not stand for too much longer though, not if James Harrison has his way at least. The 38-year-old outside linebacker has been held without a sack thus far in 2016, but needs only three more to make history. Whether or not Harrison can do it, having lost a step and this almost certainly being his final season, remains to be seen. As Chris Adamski for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes, Gildon seems convinced his mark won’t stand for much longer.
“I have already conceded that he will probably get it,” Gildon said with a smile. “He’s had a few more bites of the apple than I had.”
Did Gildon just take a subtle dig at Harrison right there? It only took the three-time Pro Bowler 10 seasons to set the Steelers record for sacks. Harrison certainly has had more opportunities, now in his 13th season with the team, although he spent the first four as a rarely utilized backup.
Regardless, even if Gildon wanted to concede the sack record to Harrison, it’s actually very questionable whether he has enough left in the tank to actually get there. The former Defensive Player of the Year has been largely ineffective this season, at least as far as rushing the passer is concerned. He only got to the quarterback five times in 2015, and with none nearing the halfway point, three more might be asking a lot.
So while it’s nice of a Steelers great to praise Harrison, who’s had a remarkable career himself, he doesn’t have to concede that record just yet. Harrison is going to have to earn it, and with Pittsburgh’s defense in the state it’s in, the team is counting on him to step up and get it done.