Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison looked like he was one of the best defensive players on the team last season.
Harrison led the Steelers in sacks during the regular season and postseason. He then signed a two-year contract to remain with the team he has been with for 14 of his 15 NFL seasons.
However, he has spent little time on the field in 2017. Harrison has only played in four games, and the last time he saw game action was in Week 7. Harrison was asked if he would have signed somewhere else had he known how little he would play for the Steelers this year.
“Oh yeah,” Harrison said to NBC Sports’ Michele Tafoya. “Who wants to NOT play?”
He probably knew his role would be reduced with a healthy Bud Dupree, and the drafting of T.J. Watt in the first round. That doesn’t mean he signed up to give helpful pointers in a sweatsuit from the sidelines.
Harrison has showed this year he can make huge plays during a game.
The Kansas City Chiefs were undefeated when they played the Steelers at home in Week 6. Harrison helped seal a 19-13 victory by sacking Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on third down during their final drive.
Maybe the Steelers will call on Harrison during the playoffs to make a play that will live forever in franchise history.