BSO- In an interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, guard Ramon Foster told this story while not revealing the identity of the rookie:
“It was a young guy. I won’t say who it was,” Foster said. “He actually thought James was retired, and he was just here helping out. So everything that he’s seen him do in the weightroom, he’s got to realize that that’s what he’s about to go through. So he was like, ‘man, I thought that dude was retired and helping out!’ I was like, ‘no, he’ll be out here real soon’, and ‘he’s like, oh.’”
For those wondering about Harrison, he is still training and working out, but only on the sidelines under allowance by head coach Mike Tomlin, who wants to keep the 37-year-old linebacker fresh for the season.
Hey guys, don't tell James Harrison I said this, but if you had asked me if James Harrison was retired this morning I may have said 'yes' too. Hell, I am pretty sure he was on the verge of retiring two years ago until he experienced a resurgence last year in Pittsburgh. I'm just a sports fan, that doesn't have my own professional sports career to worry about, and even I wasn't sure of the playing status jame Harrison. Why would I expect some 20 year old kid to know?
I think that's one of the things that goes unnoticed by fans. A lot of times these kids come into the league before they can even drink legally. Think about what you were doing when were 20 years old. Hmm, I'm going to go out on a limb and say you probably spent all your time thinking about where you were going to put your penis next, or how to get your hands on some alcohol illegally. We live in an increasingly narcissistic society, and it's only getting worse from generation to generation. Of course I don't expect the kid that's straight out of a college dormitory to know that the guy mowing the practice field is his teammate, even if it is a guy as well known as James Harrison. Let's keep it real for a second. Would it surprise you at all if James Harrison just turns into the Pittsburgh Steelers version of the janitor from 'Rudy'? Just roaming the halls of Heinz Field, angry as hell, giving motivational speeches to anyone that will listen? Shit, he would have been cast in that role if he wasn't like 15 years old when that movie were made. There's just no way someone as volatile as Harrison can succeed in any other walk of life. He has to be around football. James Harrison in literally ANY other profession is a lawsuit or a homicide waiting to happen. So yeah, it might be a little ignorant for some rookie to assume that the linebacker turned landscaper that's been watching from the sidelines has called it quits, but he's only wrong because that assessment is probably about two years too early.