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PostSubject: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:27 pm

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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:27 pm

The article's title says it all: Ex-Steelers, Patriots* LB James Harrison retiring

Harrison was right up there with Lambert for me as an all time favorite. Sickens me to think he tarnished his legacy, and not to mention some of his own comments about the Pats* cheating, to play 3 lousy games. It may have been a little easier to take if he had some years left, the Steelers were going youth, and he wanted to be able to play and not sit the last few years of his career. Reading the article it sounds like he had a feel he was retiring soon anyhow which makes it even harder to take.
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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:37 pm

Wish him well he was a hell of a Steeler and helped us win rings.
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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:54 pm

Good luck to him in his future endeavors there. Quite a beast.

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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:52 am

@LambertWardSteel wrote:
The article's title says it all: Ex-Steelers, Patriots** LB James Harrison retiring

Harrison was right up there with Lambert for me as an all time favorite. Sickens me to think he tarnished his legacy, and not to mention some of his own comments about the Pats** cheating, to play 3 lousy games. It may have been a little easier to take if he had some years left, the Steelers were going youth, and he wanted to be able to play and not sit the last few years of his career. Reading the article it sounds like he had a feel he was retiring soon anyhow which makes it even harder to take.

" If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler! " Jack Lambert

For me this is why Harrison will never be up there with Lambert. I lost all respect for him when he signed with the Patriots*. I don't wish him any harm but I can't say I admire him anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:35 pm

question - will james harrison be in the Hall Of Fame ? will he be first ballot ?

personally i think he should get in , maybe not 1st ballot.
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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:44 pm

@Master_Of_Puppets wrote:
question - will james harrison be in the Hall Of Fame ? will he be first ballot ?

personally i think he should get in , maybe not 1st ballot.

watch him go in as a Patriot.

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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:48 pm

@Master_Of_Puppets wrote:
question - will james harrison be in the Hall Of Fame ? will he be first ballot ?

personally i think he should get in , maybe not 1st ballot.

Someone asked Ed Bouchette this question in his chat today. Here is his response:

Michael: Does Harrison have a shot at the Hall of Fame? To me, he was one of the most dominant defenders in the league for a 5 year stretch, and I would argue he was the best player (regardless of position) in the league in 2008 when he won Defensive POY and the Steelers won SB 43. If Terrell Davis got in, I think Harrison has a shot.

Ed Bouchette: I believe he is worthy, but I do not think he'll make it. OLBs in the 3-4 need sacks and while he is the franchise record-holder there, his 84.5 career sacks (including 4 total with Bengals and Patriots*) will not be looked on kindly by the voters.
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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:27 am

I still love Harrison deep down, but going to the Patriots* killed a lot of my respect. I mean be a man of your word, if you're going to criticize that team for cheating, and then you join them, when they're one of our most hated rivals, it's kind of hard to take you as seriously as I did before. I think Harrison definitely damaged his legacy with Steeler Nation, it'll take a little time for those wounds to mend and we'll forget about that transgression though. I do wish him the best.

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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:53 am

@SteelerFreak58 wrote:
Wish him well he was a hell of a Steeler and helped us win rings.

This.

Those couple of games with the cheaters will not tarnish what he did for us. He has a drive within him that few people have, only interested in winning and that makes him a bit selfish. When the dust settles, Steelers fans will forgive him for what happened last season and rightfully so. For me it makes it easier that he didn't win the SB with the Patriots*.

As for the HOF, the combination of being a Steeler (playing for a highly regarded and popular organisation helps), being one of the best defenders during a 5 year span, still performing years after that and making one of the biggest plays in the history of the SB will get him in. Probably not as a first ballot.
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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:24 am

I'm thankful for the hard word, dedication, and time Harrison put in with the Steelers. Yes, his actions this season (warranted or not) have soured my view of him, but as mentioned, without him we don't beat the Cardinals.

He was a vital part of our defense, and for that he should be recognized.

HOF - not first ballot, but eventually.

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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:36 pm

Like most fans, I was angry about him signing with the Patriots**, but that anger has passed. Harrison isn't a Patriot any more than he's a Bengal. Harrison is a Steeler, and a great one. That's how I will remember him.

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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:54 pm

Without him we are minus one Supebowl trophy because of that interception and run back. That is all that needs to be said. The man is a Steeler Legend and always will be.
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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:33 pm

I miss the way Harrison bent back and got around OTs with all those one hand strip sacks RBs couldn't block him I see why Harrison left he wasn't going to get on the field in Pittsburgh.

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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:02 am

After reading some of you guys posts, I think you're right. I think a few games with those Massholes can be forgiven. Harrison put a lot on the line for the Steelers and gave us some very memorable plays. That Super Bowl play will always be a favorite of mine, plus any time he crushed Joe Flacco. Perhaps we do all need to bury the hatchet and welcome James back.

Thanks for the clarity fellas. I am still a little perturbed with him going to New England, but when you look at how competitive the guy is, I can understand him wanting to play and prove everyone wrong a little bit more.

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PostSubject: Re: James Harrison Officially Retires From The NFL   Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:02 pm

It all delpends on how he or if he makes amends with the organization.

We’re not talking Franco and Seahawks here, Harrison went to the one team that’s been a real thorn in our side. Tomlin even mentioned looking ahead to the Patsies in the playoffs.

If James wanted to go to a team that was headed to the playoffs last season there were other choices. This move of his is not easily forgotten.
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