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Reliving The Top 5 Moments In James Harrison’s Steelers Career

James Harrison had a fruitful career for the Steelers, and it seemed like two weeks ago it was over when he stood in front of Steeler Nation and announced he was retiring.

How injuries can change things.

Harrison is coming back, as he’s set to meet with Steeler coaches on Tuesday and will be in uniform on Sunday when the Steelers play the Bucs.

With Harrison coming back, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the more memorable ones that he had in his black and gold career.

5. Leaps and Bounds – Early in his time with the Steelers, Harrison didn’t play a lot, but made a sensational play vs the Chargers on a Monday night in 2005. He picked off a pass and then like a track and field star, leaped over Bolts RB Ladainian Tomlinson. It was a sight to behold.

4. Knockout Punch Of Browns – Harrison was the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, and in 2010 he took it upon himself to lay two huge blows in an October win over the Browns. The first was on WR Josh Cribbs, and the second, an even more vicious hit of WR Mohamed Massaquoi. The hits were discussed on shows for days after.

3. Burying the Ravens – Harrison took it upon himself to have the game of his career vs the late Steve McNair and the Ravens on October 5th 2007. Look at the stats – 10 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 STF for 12 yards, 1 interception returned for 20 yards, and one pass defensed. He was by a wide margin the best player on the field that night in the Steelers 38-7 runaway win.

2. Taking Out a Drunk – Once again, Harrison beat up the Browns, but only this time it was a fan. A drunk at Browns Stadium decided he would take a stroll on the field during a game on December 24, 2005 while the Steelers were rolling to a 41-0 win, and Harrison, still a spot player for the team, picked up the drunk and slammed him like a WWE star.

The drunk got put in jail, and the picture of Harrison doing a takedown is a thing of beauty. The fan sobered up and found God, so everyone won in the end.

1. The Immaculate Interception – Everyone that is a Steelers fan knows the story, they have seen the play, and even after seeing it 1000 times it still gives may goose bumps. The play is the 100 yard interception in Super Bowl XLIII – by far the longest in Super Bowl History.

The Al Michaels call is still one of the greats in Super Bowl history, and while Santonio Holmes won the game with a pass catch, Harrison saved it with a TD to put the Steelers up at half 17-7.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. DrGeorge

    September 23, 2014 at 9:42 am

    James Harrison is a legend, one of our best defensive players of all time and a superb pass rusher and run stuffer, but his utility today is limited because of his bum knee and his inability to cover receivers in this era of aerial football. Moats should start, and Harrison should be used judiciously. Look for opposing QBs to pick on Harrison as they have on Gay, by forcing him to cover receivers who are faster and taller than he is. Bringing Harrison back makes sense only because he knows the defensive system and is a team leader. But let’s not heap unreasonable expectations on him. Let him prove what he can still do well — as Keisel has done — and not ask him to pretend he’s 26 again.

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