The Return of James Harrison to Pittsburgh

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Nov 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau yells on the sidelines in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

 

Harrison had the honor of playing under the legendary Dick LeBau during the majority of his NFL career. The current Steelers Defensive Coordinator is among the most influential defensive minds in the history of football, and his complex blitz-schemes allowed Harrison to thrive as an undersized pass-rusher while in Pittsburgh after he went underrated out of college.

He helped lead the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, as well as wining the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. But he know LeBeau deserves the credit for helping him become the player he is today, and in an interview with ESPN prior to the Week 2 matchup between the Bengals and Steelers, Harrison got emotional talking about his former mentor.

Former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace heard his share of boos Sunday while playing his first game in Heinz Field for the Miami Dolphins. Steelers safety Ryan Clark hopes Harrison does not receive the same treatment:

“I hope they show him the respect he deserves for what he did for this team, this organization, for the way he approached football, the passion he played with, the passion he worked with in this building,” Clark said. “Was he the nicest guy ever? Not really. But what he was paid for he did exceptionally hard and exceptionally well, and I hope the fans here recognize that and understand that him leaving was just business; nothing was personal.”

 

 

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