Steelers or Titans: Which Will Harrison Choose
It seems that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, James Harrison has a pretty big decision to make. Whether he should remain in the Steel City, or part ways and boogie down to the Music City to join former defensive coordinator, Dick LeBeau with the Tennessee Titans.
“The opinions of my support team are split, but for me, my love for the man who both started, and made my career what it is, is undeniable,” Harrison wrote on Instagram. “There are no words that I can find that would do justice for everything Dick LeBeau has done for me & my career and nothing can compare to that!
“I also have a great amount of love for Steelers Nation & the Steelers organization. I’m going to pray on this and let God guide me in the right direction.”
LeBeau parted ways with the Steelers in January after 11 seasons as the team’s defensive coordinator. He joined coach Ken Whisenhunt’s staff with the Titans in February as an assistant head coach/defense.
LeBeau will run the defense, and the Titans apparently still covet Harrison after re-signing outside linebacker Derrick Morgan and also signing Brian Orakpo earlier this month.
I will be the first to admit that I was hesitant on bringing Harrison back after moving on to play for the division rival Cincinnati Bengals and briefly retiring. But his game play last season showed me that he was indeed a true member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, by showing the fortitude and intensity the Steel Curtain was founded on.
Harrison recorded 5.5 sacks — third-most on the Steelers — in 11 regular-season games despite having to play his way into shape at the age of 36.
Harrison had officially retired at Steelers headquarters two days before the team’s season opener, but veterans such as Troy Polamalu, Brett Keisel and Ike Taylor persuaded the five-time Pro Bowler and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year to return for one more season.
Ultimately the decision is on James Harrison because he is the one facing this dilemma whether show loyalty to the team that took a chance on him twice, or to the man who was the force behind his returning to the Burgh.
But I want to hear from you, so take the poll below and tell me what you think Harrison will do: Stay or go?
Brian Christopher Jenkins
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