Steeler nemesis James Harrison going nose-to-nose with Tom Brady after a Patriots touchdown back in Week 14 in 2007. Ahh, yes, I remember it, do you?
Well, no need to worry, the two were smiling after James Harrison posted a picture with his new teammate moments after joining the Patriots Tuesday afternoon.
Harrison, who was the Steelers all time leader in sacks, was released on Saturday and was in Boston early on Tuesday morning. Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Bill Belichick’s reputation and the organizations commitment to winning was the biggest factor in Harrison signing in New England despite having interest from other teams.
Despite Harrison’s records, the 39-year-old physical beast saw his playing time diminished in Pittsburgh this season playing under forty snaps and being inactive several weeks this season. However, with injuries to Dont’a Hightower, Derek Rivers in training camp and Shea McClellin, New England is thin as far as edge rushers go. Harrison could slide in some schemes defensively and form a powerful pass rush with Trey Flowers.
Is Harrison the same player he used to be? No. Is he washed up? Maybe. But, Harrison’s signing was used to strengthen their pass rush and add a veteran leader to New England’s young front seven. Not only can Harrison Harrison’s signing help Belichick pick his brain on some Steelers schemes — despite him denying it in his press conference) — but Harrison has also been known to make key plays at crucial points in games. Especially in last year’s Divisional round, when he forced Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher to hold him after a strong rush on the outside on a two point conversion play that could have allowed the Chiefs to tie the game on a late two point conversion.
The Patriots have stolen home field advantage, Super Bowl appearances, potential rings and now the former heart and soul of the Steel Curtain defense adding even more fuel to the rivalry between the AFC powerhouses.