LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE DESCRIBES HARRISON’S DECISION


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How many times have we all seen it? Money grubbing NFL players that can care less about loyalty to their respective teams, only going where the money takes them? That obviously was not the case of James Harrison’s decision..this time.

Sure he did it a couple of years ago when he chose to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the only team to give him a chance to be a star in the National Football league. But this time around he based his decision on prayer and left it to God.

” I’m going to pray on this and let God guide me in the right direction.” Harrison said via Instagram yesterday afternoon.

Fast forward to now, a more mature and loyalty focused Harrison may have just made the best decision of his entire life. To stay with the team that has always showed loyalty to him, as well as helping the younger players as a mentor which I consider priceless.

“We actually thought about that,” General Manager Kevin Colbert said of delaying Harrison’s eventual return, a move that would have saved Harrison offseason reps and provided maximum opportunity to develop young players at the outside linebacker position. “But the values that he provides right now for those young guys we think trumps waiting.

“He’s valuable in the building right now. He’s been in the building voluntarily since really the end of the season. It’s been amazing to watch. And those young guys see it and they’re like, ‘OK, I think I’m supposed to do that, too.’ They’re all kind of following his lead.

“I really think he’s taken on a mentorship role and seems to really be enjoying it, and I think that’s important. Plus, we think he can still help us on the field, for sure.”

Harrison is the second member of last season’s corps of linebackers to return to the Steelers. Author Moats agreed to terms on March 9. Jason Worilds has retired. 

“That’s Coach (Mike) Tomlin’s call, but I would imagine (Moats would be penciled in as the starter at left outside linebacker),” Colbert said. “It’ll be an open competition (at right outside linebacker between Jarvis Jones and Harrison). It’ll be a good competition.

“And with Coach (Keith) Butler now coordinating the defense, there may be some different combinations and alignments they use. I think they’ll wait and see the group of players that they’re playing with come the spring, see what they have and how they can work them all together.”

I have to say to that is I’ve always had faith in the Steelers organization and Kevin Colbert, and the addition of a well respected defensive coordinator in Keith Butler shows promise in the season to come. Still I base my praises on James Harrison, and I can’t wait to see him finish out his career once again as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brian Christopher Jenkins