Steelers' Harrison still a terror

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:54 PM ET

PITTSBURGH — Since becoming a Steelers regular in 2007, James Harrison’s mission in life has been making life miserable for opposition quarterbacks.

Harrison is good at his job. Very good.

In the regular portion of the schedule for the Steelers, Harrison registered 10.5 sacks, tops on the team, to go along with his 100 tackles and two interceptions.

The year before it was 10 sacks. In 2008 it was a club record 16.

Terrorizing quarterbacks is what he does and Saturday, Harrison is looking to strike a little fear into Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Harrison has a decided edge to his game, one that drew a pile of headlines early in the season for all the wrong reasons.

By the end of November, Harrison had received four fines totalling $125,000 US for four helmet-led hits.

He was fined $25,000 for his hit Nov. 28 on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick,

Previously, he was fined $75,000 for a helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, $20,000 for a helmet hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees and $5,000 for a hit on Titans quarterback Vince Young.

Harrison said after his initial fines that they might cause him to quite the game but since his hit on Fitzpatrick, there have been no additional penalties or fines but the same amount of mayhem in his play.

Harrison may be the most aggressive Steeler but that is a trait that has been admired and rewarded by the organization since the days of the famed Steel Curtain.

For a defensive player, there is no greater reward or honour than to be a member of the Steelers defence and Harrison personifies that.

“I take great pride in my play,” Harrison said Thursday. “They have a great tradition of linebackers here so it’s something that you want to try and keep going.

“They’ve had great defences here for decades so I’d agree with that (that Pittsburgh is the place to play). You take a great deal of pride in the fact that they’ve had a great tradition here and you want to try and keep it up.

“You don’t want to be the group that they’ll say: ‘They had great defences except for when so-and-so was there’. You don’t want to be that name.”

The Steelers have waited one week as the AFC’s No. 2 seed before dipping their toes into the playoff waters and have drawn perhaps their most hated opponent in the Ravens. Harrison was asked it that’s a good thing, to meet a rival in their first game, supposedly due to the fact that they should be more fired up.

“It doesn’t matter, it just happens to be Baltimore so we’ll go with it,” Harrison said with a shrug. “It will be a hard-hitting physical game, two good defences and whoever plays the best is going to win.”


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