July 31, 2011; Latrobe,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) on the field at training camp held at St. Vincent College. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE
Today was the introductory press conference for outside linebacker James Harrison, who’s been one of the top pass-rushing linebackers in the NFL over the past decade. Harrison, who turned 35 on May 4, was released by Pittsburgh on March 9 after he refused to take a pay cut, and was later signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he will likely become the starting strongside linebacker.
Here are some comments from him courtesy of Geoff Hobson:
Harrison also said that right now is the best he’s felt since the 2009 season, and though he still can’t do the same kind of offseason work he did when he was in his prime, he’s still been able to do more this offseason than in previous seasons due to offseason injuries and surgeries that have caused him to get off to slow starts during the season.
Such was the case last year when Harrison missed the first three games of last season due to a knee injury and offseason back surgery, but he still finished the 2012 season tied for the Steelers lead with 6 sacks and had a pair of forced fumbles.