Several hours before the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers were scheduled to kick off their Sunday night football game on the frozen turf of Heinz Field, the elevator at a local hotel was about to whisk a bunch of us up to our rooms when a mean-looking hombre in a spiffy suit jumped on board.
It was James Harrison.
The same James Harrison who was the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2008 while playing for the local Pittsburgh Steelers.
The same James Harrison who joined the Bengals during the off-season and was about to play at Heinz Field for the first time in a Bengals jersey.
After politely declining the requests of some fans to take photos with him, Harrison jumped off on the second floor to attend a team pre-game meeting.
No sooner had he departed than a nice-looking couple in their 30s looked over with curious grins on each of their faces.
“Excuse us,” they said, “but who was that?”