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    Steelers' James Harrison wants to put a pillow on the field

    By Cindy Boren
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    James Harrison, fined repeatedly for hard hits this season, had a message for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: "I don't want to hurt nobody. I don't want to step on nobody's foot or hurt their toe. I don't want to have no dirt or none of this rubber on this field fly into their eye and make their eye hurt. I just want to tackle them softly on the ground and if you all can, we'll lay a pillow down where I'm going to tackle them, so they don't hit the ground too hard ... Mr. Goodell."

    Hands-down winner for top Media Day quote. Harrison also talked about his decision to retire during that flurry of fines. "At the time, it was something that was really serious for me. Stepping back and having time to look at it and evaluate the whole situation, it was a heat-of-the-moment decision, not well thought out, not planned out. After having time to sit back and look at it and think about the whole situation, it was just not the thing to do."

    Ben Roethlisberger, smiling, laughing and relaxed, shot video with his cellphone as he approached the podium, where he faced a barrage of Nerf questions from the media.

    Roethlisberger discussed his relationship with his teammates. "I'm very close with a lot of the guys. One of my best friends is sitting over there next to me. I knew that I always had -- there was a big group of guys I always had their support. There were just a couple that I wasn't as close to as I wanted to be and needed to be and I have really worked hard to be closer with and be a better teammate with."

    On his style of play: "I don't know where a lot of the things I do came from. I think it's just playin' the game, I guess. Obviously, you do drills where you practice things like that, but a lot of those things, it's just havin', we call it the clock, that clock that goes off in your head and says it's time to get out of here, you know, get out of the pocket, run, scramble, do what you've got to do."

    Roethlisberger was asked whether, with a win, he'd join QBs like Tom Brady and Troy Aikman: "I'm not pretty when I play the game. I'll be the first to admit it, but I don't try to be. When I say these things, I'm not trying to knock on any of those guys. I've said they're the best. I just play the game to win it. Like I said, I'll probably never ever win a passing title. I'll probably never win MVP of the NFL and I'm okay with that. Really, I am. People may think I'm crazy, but to me at the end of the day it's about wins and losses and championships."

    What game would Roethlisberger like to play on the big giant screen at Jerry Jones' stadium/palace? "I was caught between Tiger Woods and Call of Duty."

    On how he's different this time at the Super Bowl: "Just being calmer. Just waking up and counting your blessings. Just thanking God for letting you wake up and enjoy the day. I was going to bring a Twix bar up here [on the podium] if I needed a minute if I ever got a tough question. To still just enjoy this, because how many people ever get this opportunity? Like I said, this could be my last time to ever sit on this podium in front of you guys and if it is, it is. That's what the plan is supposed to be."

    Roethlisberger was asked again about Brady and other elite quarterbacks: "Maybe it's my way of keeping me as the underdog? ... It drives Coach Tomlin crazy because he wants me to put myself in that category and I don't know, I guess I like being the hunter and not the hunted. That's my best explanation, I guess."

    Hines Ward dumped the cowboy hat and giant belt bucket he was wearing when the team arrived Monday and was asked about a Dallas Morning News report that had him and other players at a local strip club Monday night. "I went out," Ward said. Where? "It's none of your business where I went."

    Ward addressed the possible lockout of players: "This is a huge thing. This may be our last game. A lot of people don't understand. Come March 4, we don't have insurance. They're stripping away our insurance, so if you get a major injury in this guy and you've got to have surgery. At the end of the day they aren't going to pay for rehab. This is a serious matter. I think it's flying under the radar. A lot of players are real concerned."

    Ward talked about his controversial comments in GQ on concussions. "I'm not insensitive to concussions. This is a violent game. We know what we signed up for. I think Aaron Rodgers has had two concussions this year. You think he's going to miss the Super Bowl game? No, I don't think so. Guys know what's at stake. I'm pretty sure Aaron Rodgers knows if he gets another concussion ... I'm pretty sure he's not thinking about what's going to happen 10 years from now. We as players just play this game. We know it's a violent sport. You don't have to play football if you don't want to."

    Ryan Clark put on a Polamalu-like wig and yelled: "Can I get a [shampoo] deal?"

    Troy Polamalu said he's a big fan of Cher. And then he proceeded to kind of sing, "Do you believe in love [sic] after love?"


    By Cindy Boren | February 1, 2011; 1:00 PM ET

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    Harrison's comments made me laugh... As said, it was the "hands down" quote of the day...
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    James Harrison is the greatest of all times. He might be cooler than Kiesels beard!

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    I haven't seen a reporter want to crawl farther into a hole since this epic interview:

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    Is there footage of this somewhere? I must see.

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    Probably if Harrison wasn't held so much, the refs watching him so much along with the fines Harrison would probably have six or seven more sacks.

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    Is there footage of this somewhere? I must see.
    x 1,000,000

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    So who is going to be first with the black and gold James Harrison Terrible Pillow?????

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    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-super-...?module=HP_cp2


    Don't know if you can embed this,but here's a good one with Deebo.

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    Sorry, I was referring to the 2minute mark of this video:

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    Sorry, I was referring to the 2minute mark of this video:

    Not the same one but this is good too.

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    I usually not even one to crack up for real but James kills me. Absolute classic Steelers defender.

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    I usually not even one to crack up for real but James kills me. Absolute classic Steelers defender.
    I think back to another LB (#95) who's undershirt read, "I wasn't hired for my disposition"... James is everything we love about the Steelers' LB Legacy!!!!
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    Cook: Harrison's sarcasm crosses line

    Wednesday, February 02, 2011
    By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


    ARLINGTON, Texas -- It might be the longest declarative sentence in the history of Super Bowl Media Day.

    There's no doubt it was the most sarcastic.

    "I don't want to hurt nobody, I don't want to step on nobody's foot and hurt their toe, I don't want to have no dirt or none of this rubber on the field fly into their eye and make their eye hurt, I just want to tackle them softly on the ground and, if y'all can, lay a pillow down where I'm going to tackle them so they don't hit the ground too hard, Mr. Goodell."

    You don't think Steelers linebacker James Harrison is bitter, do you?

    About the $100,000 in fines he received this season from the NFL office because of helmet hits that commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff believed were against the rules?

    Bitter doesn't even begin to describe Harrison. "They took $100,000 out of my pocket," he said, glaring.

    Using the pulpit he had on Media Day Tuesday at Cowboys Stadium, Harrison mocked Goodell at every turn. It was clear that was his intention from the start. He brushed off questions about making the greatest play in Super Bowl history when he returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown to help the Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. "I don't really remember too much about it." Asked if he has watched the replay on television, he said, "I don't really watch sports. I watch cartoons." Asked if the play changed his life, he said, "It didn't change my life at all. It changed the outcome of the game, but that's really about it."

    No, Harrison couldn't wait to get to the Goodell questions. He didn't have to wait long and went after the commissioner with the same ferocity he's expected to go after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Super Bowl XLV Sunday night. He talked of the league looking for "a poster boy" for its crackdown on helmet hits earlier in the season and "they just chose me because I was the most visible player." He said every decision the league makes is based on "whatever makes them more money." He said his trip to Goodell's office in New York in November for a meeting of the minds was "a waste of time. Nothing was really accomplished."

    It was funny for a while, and you can argue that Goodell deserves all the scorn coming his way from the Steelers. The commissioner isn't popular with anyone in the organization after he unconscionably blind-sided quarterback Ben Roethlisberger by telling SportsIllustrated.com before the playoffs that "not a single player" came to Roethlisberger's defense during the NFL's investigation into a sexual assault allegation against him in March in Milledgeville, Ga. The story was released earlier this week, the worst possible time for the Steelers.

    But Harrison went too far. His points would have had more validity if he didn't sound like such a fool with a few of his other comments. The most galling showed his cavalier disregard for the seriousness of head injuries in the NFL.

    "I've had concussions at the pro level," Harrison said. "It wasn't bad enough to where I needed to come out of the game. I'll put it like this: If you don't tell [the medical staff], they don't know unless you get knocked out and you're laying there with your arms stuck in the air."

    Nice, huh?

    Medical research has linked concussions in football to brain disease, dementia and other maladies in players later in life. When asked if Goodell and the league are trying to protect Harrison from himself, Harrison scoffed, "I'm not worried about that. It's part of the game. We signed up for this. It's not a touchy, feely game. I've said it many times. I'm willing to go through hell so my kids don't have to."

    It's admirable and honorable that Harrison is willing to do what it takes to support his family. Where he loses me is with his unwillingness to realize that one of his helmet hits could end another player's career and devastate that player's family. That's shameful.

    Harrison was fined $5,000 for corkscrewing Tennessee quarterback Vince Young into the ground Sept. 19. The fine was deserved because it was a dirty play. Harrison was fined $75,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi Oct. 17. The league conceded that was excessive, reducing it to $50,000 in December.

    Harrison talked of retiring after the Massaquoi hit, which seemed odd for a guy who wants to provide for his family. He said he met with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who sent him home from practice for a day to cool off. He admitted the retirement talk "wasn't well-thought out."

    Harrison said he changed the way he played for a game or two but then realized it "wasn't conducive to me helping the team win." The fines continued to come. He was docked $20,000 for a hit on New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and $25,000 for one on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Both fines were legitimate because Harrison led with his helmet.

    Harrison said he believes comments he made after the Cleveland game Oct. 17 contributed to the severity and frequency of his fines. "I don't want to see anyone injured, but I'm not opposed to hurting anyone," he said that day. "There's a difference. When you're injured, you can't play. But, when you're hurt, you can shake it off and come back. I try to hurt people."

    Of course, all anyone remembered was, "I try to hurt people."

    "I think that contributed to me getting fined," Harrison said.

    That's what led to that comment about putting down a pillow to make for a soft landing in Cowboys Stadium.

    It was funny, sure.

    But it also was sad.

    "I've had concussions at the pro level. It wasn't bad enough to where I needed to come out of the game. ... If you don't tell [the medical staff], they don't know unless you get knocked out and you're laying there with your arms stuck in the air."

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11033...#ixzz1CpzZJcD0

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    I feel better now, just knowing that Ron Cook is back to his usual asinine drivel. Mr "I don't like the fighting in hockey".

    Thanks for sharing that, Hawaiian I seriously feel as though I'm back closer to in kilter.
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