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James Harrison on Roethlisberger: You aren’t Peyton Manning, you just get paid like him

James Harrison, Mohamed Massaquoi

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2010, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) hits Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (11) during a football game in Pittsburgh. Harrison was fined $75,000 for the hit. Many NFL players believe they should have more of a voice in the handing out of fines and suspensions for illegal hits. “You’ve got to make sure that these things are fair, that they’re measurable, that you can judge them, that it’s not just one person’s opinion,” said New England Patriots tackle Matt Light, the team’s player representative. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)


We’ve heard Steelers linebacker James Harrison trash Roger Goodell before, so his words about the Commissioner in this month’s Men’s Journal weren’t exactly shocking. (Although adding urine and homophobia to the equation was a nice touch.)

The more surprising and possibly lasting comments Harrison made were about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s performance in the Super Bowl last year.

“Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the D to bail you out again,” Harrison said. “Or hand the ball off and stop trying to act like Peyton Manning. You ain’t that and you know it, man; you just get paid like he does.”

Awesome. Roethlisberger could point out Harrison made very little impact for much of the game, finishing with one tackle. The Steelers just didn’t get consistent pressure on Aaron Rodgers until it was too late.

It’s at this point in the news cycle where Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would call Harrison and tell him to zip it for the sake of the team. Of course, Tomlin can’t talk to Harrison until the lockout ends. Heck, this interview (and this picture) may not have gotten past a Steelers P.R. staffer if there was no lockout in place.

At least the work stoppage was good for something.