Steelers linebacker James Harrison made it clear Tuesday that he is still uncertain whether he will retire, or play another season. Making Harrison’s decision tougher is that one of his sons wants him to retire, while another son wants him to play. Harrison, who turns 38 years old in May, is preparing to travel to Arizona where he does his offseason training.
“I haven’t decided to come back and play, I’ve decided to go out to Arizona on the 13th and see if I can get back to where I need to be, and I’m able to be 100 percent and give my team, the organization, full effort,” Harrison said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “If I can’t do that when I come back at the end of April, then I’ll retire and I’ll walk away. If I can, I’ll continue. I’ll let those six weeks decide what happens.
“One of my boys really wants me to play, and my other really doesn’t. It’s not that he doesn’t like football. He knows I’m going to be gone for awhile, and I don’t think he’s willing to sacrifice that much longer. If they both had said no, this wouldn’t be a discussion. It’d be done. But we’re going to work through some things, we’re going to try to get them out there (in Arizona) more with me than I have in previous years. If everything works out for the best, I’ll be back playing. If I can’t get back to where I need to be, then I’ll walk away.”
Asked what he still wants to accomplish, Harrison said, “I want to get another Super Bowl. That’s about it. That’s the only thing I want, walk off with that grand slam homerun so to speak.”
Regardless of Harrison’s decision, the Steelers, holding the 25th pick in the draft, seem most likely to go defense in the first round, and may target their secondary. Cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, Eli Apple of Ohio St., and Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech could all be possible first-round targets.