James Harrison hooked on with the Steelers for one more chance last summer when Clark Haggans suffered a broken hand just before training camp opened. And Harrison took advantage of what may have been his final opportunity to become a vital member of the Steelers.
We caught up with him this week for five questions.
SCS: How do you keep in such good shape? What kind of workout regime do you have in the offseason?
JH: I usually just work out at my college (Kent State), but this past offseason, I worked out with a guy, Steve Saunders. But really, it's nothing special.
SCS: Do you have a special diet or anything like that?
JH: (Laughing) Yeah, it's special. It depends on what I feel like eating. If I feel like eating a whole box of Krispy Kremes, that's what I'll eat. I won't eat anything else all day but those Krispy Kremes.
SCS: So you must be one of those people who just have a special metabolism.
JH: Yeah. It's a combination of that, good metabolism, genes and luck, I guess. I'm blessed.
SCS: When Baltimore released you last spring, did you think it was over for you?
JH: I thought I could still play right up until I got released from NFL Europe (when he was with the Ravens). When I got back, that's when I started re-thinking things. But things worked out. I think that whole experience in Europe, while I didn't like it over there, helped me mature, smarter. And it gave me a chance to get gametime experience, so I'm thankful for it.
SCS: Have the Steelers given up on making you an inside linebacker? Have you played well enough outside that they are just sticking you there and letting you go?
JH: From what I understand, I can still play inside. I just don't practice there at all. I'm the backup for everyone except for James Farrior.
Five questions with … James Harrison
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