James Harrison Breaks Silence: I Didn't Sign Up To Be A Cheerleader

James Harrison

He's done talking about his departure from the Steelers.

"I like to compete", he said Friday.

The Steelers play against the Browns on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

Harrison's defense? That the team misled him about his role with the team. He admitted that he didn't handle his frustration the best way he could have, but he stands by his decision to join the Patriots in pursuit of more playing time and a ring.

Earlier this week several Steelers voiced displeasure with the circumstances surrounding his exit, with a few noting the decision to leave was hastened by him and not the team.

"He erased his own legacy here", Pouncey said. "It wasn't like the team said, 'We want to let go of James Harrison.' James Harrison wanted that".

"If anybody thought I signed a two year deal with a team in the National Football League at age 39 to sit on the bench and collect a check and a participation trophy, they're mistaken", Harrison said.

He was in no mood to discuss the matter further following practice Friday. The outside linebacker cut the interview off after there were no questions about the Jets.

Harrison went on to say that he asked for more playing time and was denied, so he asked to be released.

"No Jets questions, huh?"

Q: Does it hurt to see what the Steelers have been saying about you?

"I have to assume when they say you're going to get 25 percent of the snaps and you get 25, safe to say things didn't go as planned", Harrison said. "But still zero reps", he wrote.

So players can play all over the nation for any team at any time? He had only one sack.

Has it been overwhelming at all trying to learn the playbook?

"I'm going to go out whenever Coach (Bill) Belichick puts me out there", Harrison said.

Harrison, on the other hand, should be quite knowledgeable about how the Steelers operate as he takes his talents and inside information to New England. Brady said he's excited to have Harrison as a teammate: "I know it's late in the year but guys who have played in these big games and those situations; it always helps having good players out there", said Brady, hoping that Harrison will do a great job for the Patriots.



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