Is Harrison The Steelers Most Feared Defensive Player


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Ummm..”HELL YES”!!! On any team’s defense for that matter.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer asked the other three AFC North beat writers who they believe the Steelers’ most feared defensive player is at the moment, especially now that players such as Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Brett Keisel have retired. Their answers?

Coley Harvey, Cincinnati Bengals: “James Harrison. Can I end my answer there? Seriously, until he finally retires, Harrison will always be the most feared and intimidating player on his team’s defense… Whatever it is that makes him so respected around the league will keep him that way until his career officially ends.”

Pretty blunt and to the point, and so very true in my opinion. Now let’s move on..

Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Ravens: “Let’s go old school with Harrison. Sure, this is going to raise eyebrows because Harrison is 37 and actually retired last year. But there is something that happens to Harrison when he plays the Ravens. He somehow turns back the clock to 2004 and wreaks havoc.”

Another true fact. But Harrison’s age of 37 does nothing to diminish his “FIF” (Fear Intimidation Factor). Like he stated a few months ago, he could be 50 and still play. Now, to the remaining team..

Pat McManamon, Cleveland Browns: “Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree play the “feared” outside linebacker spots, but they have not arrived yet. It would be tempting to go with Harrison (especially in Cleveland), but he’s on the back nine. The best name to go with: Cameron Heyward. Yes, he’s an end in a 3-4 scheme, but from that spot he had 7.5 sacks and played well enough to be ranked as the sixth-best end in a 3-4 scheme, per profootballfocus.com.”

Leave it to a Cleveland Browns writer to go against the grain, and then try to touch up a bad haircut with a little extra bull!

Although Cam is a strong choice here as well as inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, but honestly..neither of them can hold a candle to ferocity and intensity of one James Harrison. “Dude Is Debo For A Reason”. But ask this question after this season, and you’ll see Antwon Blake creeping up that list for sure.