Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree is unhappy with the way that James Harrison’s 14 seasons with the team ended.
The Steelers released Harrison on Friday, and he signed with the New England Patriots on Tuesday. That, and Harrison’s attitude this season, did not sit right with Dupree.
“It feels like he went to the Patriots just to spit in Coach [Mike] Tomlin and Mr. Rooney’s face. That’s all it was to us,” Dupree said on his weekly 93.7 The Fan radio appearance, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Sean Gentille. “Like basically you spit on your teammates, you spit on us because the whole season you’ve been shown as someone different than what you were supposed to be to us — other than a leader.”
Dupree also said during the interview that Harrison rarely attended meetings, and showed no interest in being a mentor to the younger outside linebackers who were taking his playing time.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was critical of Harrison on Tuesday. Pouncey said that Harrison erased his own legacy with the Steelers.
This is quite an ending for one of the best players in Steelers’ franchise history. Harrison won two Super Bowls and a Defensive Player of the Year award with Steelers. He also is the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks.
He’ll return to the stadium one day after he retires for a proper farewell, and get acknowledgment for all of his accomplishments. However, right now there are clearly some hard feelings on both sides.