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The Return of James Harrison to Pittsburgh

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October 7, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) reacts as he takes the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

James Harrison will be making his return to Pittsburgh this Sunday, the city where he’s played for the past 11 years while establishing a hall of fame career. Harrison signed with the Bengals this offseason after the Steelers released the five-time Pro Bowler when the two sides could not agree on a salary reduction.

He has played in every game for the Bengals this season and recorded 27 tackles and two sacks, but there’s no question he’ll be remembered for his career as a Steeler.

"“He’s had an exceptional career, Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis said. “You can’t take anything away from James Harrison’s career.  He’s won, he’s been a great player, and he helped a team win championships.  Guys like that eventually end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”"

Harrison took the time to do a sit-down interview with Bengals Radio Play by Play Caller Dan Hoard about his long-awaited return to the Steel City:

"Before that first game you got a little choked up talking about Dick LeBeau.  What is it about that relationship that meant so much to you? He’s more of a father figure than he is a coach.  He has a real tight bond with a lot of us players – former and present.  He’s not just a coach."