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fordfixer
10-22-2010, 02:07 AM
Harrison issues statement

By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sport ... ement.html (http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/october/21/harrison-issues-statement.html)
Thursday October 21, 2010 04:22 PM

PITTSBURGH _ Steelers linebacker James Harrison returned to practice today and ended any speculation about him retiring from football.

Harrison was fined $75,000 for his hit Sunday on Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who sustained a concussion on the play.

After being excused from practice Wednesday, Harrison was back today. He did not speak to the media. But he did compose a statement that was handed out just before 4 o'clock.

Here is what that statement said:

"After having some time to think about the situation, talk to my family, friends and the Steelers organization, I have come to the decision that I cannot and will not let the league office stop me from playing the game I love.

"I am all for player safety and I agree that some of the rule changes that have been made are good for the game. As far as my situation, I believe the hit against Massaquoi for which I was fined was legal and well within the scope of the rules. I feel the real reason for the fine was the statement I made after the game wherein I said that I try to hurt people, not injure them. In the same sentence, I attempted to clarify my meaning, but I understand that my comments leave a lot open to interpretation. The statement was not well-thought out and I did not adequately convey my meaning.

"I apologize for making that statement and I want it to be known that I have never and would never intentionally try to injure any player. I believe that my statements, along with the hits that happened in other games this past Sunday and the subsequent media storm, are the reasons I was fined on what I know was a clean hit.

"I will not retire from the NFL. I will continue to play the game with the same passion, intensity and focus with which I have always played and let the chips fall where they may. I have never given up, quit or walked away from anything in my life and I am not about to start now. I will not let down my family, friends or the Steelers Nation."

Signed by James Harrison

Chadman
10-22-2010, 02:12 AM
Chad Henne just changed his underpants..

LordVile
10-22-2010, 02:57 AM
FU** tom brady... and his wishful thinking

steelblood
10-22-2010, 07:15 AM
I like how all of our players and coaches just say "steeler nation." That is awesome. I hope he has heard about all of his fan support, the calls, emails, and letters to the commish.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
10-22-2010, 08:30 AM
HAhahaHAHAHAhHahaha!

Did I just here old Silverback Growl??????????????????????????????????



"One, Two, Jimmy's Coming for you!"




"!!!!!!!THANK YOU!!!!!!!" From the Steeler Nation. We support you and all the "Snot Bubble" hits you deliver.

Starlifter
10-22-2010, 09:54 AM
the funny thing about silverback is that he really seems like he plays for the love of the game - not the money. heck, he drives a prius. he doesn't live in a mansion and has been seen around the 'burg mostly getting take-out. He's due to make around 20 million over the next 3 years. It wouldn't shock me at all if his thought process was 'i can get suspended half the games and still make 10.......not too shabby'.

NWNewell
10-22-2010, 11:20 AM
Harrison issues statement

By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sport ... ement.html (http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/october/21/harrison-issues-statement.html)
Thursday October 21, 2010 04:22 PM

PITTSBURGH _ Steelers linebacker James Harrison returned to practice today and ended any speculation about him retiring from football.

Harrison was fined $75,000 for his hit Sunday on Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who sustained a concussion on the play.

After being excused from practice Wednesday, Harrison was back today. He did not speak to the media. But he did compose a statement that was handed out just before 4 o'clock.

Here is what that statement said:

"After having some time to think about the situation, talk to my family, friends and the Steelers organization, I have come to the decision that I cannot and will not let the league office stop me from playing the game I love.

"I will not retire from the NFL. I will continue to play the game with the same passion, intensity and focus with which I have always played and let the chips fall where they may. I have never given up, quit or walked away from anything in my life and I am not about to start now. I will not let down my family, friends or the Steelers Nation."

Signed by James Harrison

Now that's the James Harrison we all know and love!

And the exact reason I seriously doubted he would be able to let someone else (the league office) get the best of him and force him to retire.

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