Harrison won't watch Steelers-Jags; 'I'll find out who won Monday'


Harrison won't watch Steelers-Jags; 'I'll find out who won Monday'

FOXBORO -- Following the Patriots' 35-14 win over the Titans Saturday night, the seemingly unsentimental James Harrison -- just ask the Steelers -- scanned the mass of bodies gathered at midfield with one goal in mind: Find Dick LeBeau. LeBeau was Harrison's long-time defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, the man calling the plays when Harrison won the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2008.

The two shared an embrace, said a few words and went on their way. But the moment lingered with Harrison, who, while he wouldn't detail what was discussed, noted: "I have a great deal of respect for him. Without him, there is no me."


Now the two have gone their separate ways from the franchise where they had their best days. But while LeBeau won't see the Steelers again until next fall, Harrison has a chance to play his former team next weekend should Pittsburgh defeat Jacksonville today. Consider how he left and what was said on his way out by former teammates, you'd guess Harrison would be glued to the television this afternoon.

"No," he said matter-of-factly. "I don't even know what time the game is."

So when will you know who won? 

"When I come into work Monday."

Of greater concern for Harrison: Getting in his leg workout today and tuning into the Cartoon Network to watch "Family Guy" and "American Dad." 

"I don't pay attention to sports," said Harrison. "I'm not a sports fan. If my kid isn't playing, I don't watch it. If it's not film study, I don't watch it."

Harrison continued his part-time role in the Patriots defense Saturday, playing 30 of a possible 67 defensive snaps. He didn't record any sacks or QB hits as he did in the season finale versus the Jets, but the 39-year old edge player was strong at the point of attack and helped limit Derrick Henry to 2.3 yards per carry one week after Henry went for 156 yards in Kansas City. Clearly the Pats have placed a great deal of trust in Harrison to play assignment football but please -- pretty please ---don't tell the man he looks like he's got this defense down.

"Not even close," he said. "That's like asking someone if they just learned the defense in two weeks. If they know all the calls. It's not going to happen. It's like coming in not even during mini-camp, it's like coming in during OTAs. Do you know everything in Day Two? No. Stop asking me that question. I'm not acclimated. I'm not even close."

Well then . . . good talk. We'll see Harrison out there next week but only after he powers through leg day and enjoys a good laugh at Peter Griffin's expense.


David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

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David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end. 

On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots. 

The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career. 

Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011. 

When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.

He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade. 



What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.

Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England? 

It's 23 seconds into the video below: 

Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."

Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December. 


A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on

Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42.