James Harrison’s unceremonious departure from the Pittsburgh Steelers and subsequent landing with the New England Patriots has been the talk of the NFL for the past few days. On Wednesday afternoon, Steelers’ center Maurkice Pouncey sounded off on his former teammate. And it wasn’t pretty.
“He [Harrison] erased his own legacy here [with the Steelers], let’s be serious. It’s crazy. It blows my mind,” Pouncey said on Wednesday afternoon (via Josh Rowntree of 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh).
“He wanted out,” Pouncey continued. “It wasn’t like the team said, ‘Oh, we’re going to let go of James Harrison.’ James Harrison wanted out. It’s funny to read the stories. This is something he wanted to do. It wasn’t like they got together and said, ‘We’re going to go cut James.’ No, that’s not what happened. And he needs to come out and admit that.”
And Pouncey wasn’t done there.
“Trust me, if I wanted out, I wouldn’t let the team take the blame for it. I’d tell you, ‘I don’t want to be here, I want to go somewhere else and play differently, I want to go start somewhere else.’ That’s me as a man. I’m not going to run in there saying, ‘The team didn’t play me, I want to get cut.’ It is what it is.”
When the notion that Harrison could potentially feed the Patriots valuable intel if the two teams meet in the AFC playoffs was brought up, Pouncey made it clear that Harrison won’t be much of a help to his new team.
“None. If he’s playing, it is what it is,” Pouncey said when asked about the potential impact Harrison could have in a matchup between the Steelers and Patriots in the AFC playoffs. “What’s he going to tell them? The line slides left? The line slides right? That’s common sense.”
The full video of Pouncey’s interview can be found below.
— Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) December 27, 2017