Quickie Q&A: James Harrison

NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison stopped to talk to reporters Friday after lunch. Here's the Q&A:

James Harrison, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: Did you get any more endorsements out of last year?

A: Not too much.

Q: Nothing for one of the best Super Bowl plays ever and Defensive Player of the Year? Are you not marketing yourself?

A: I guess not.

Q: Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it?

A: Nah, I got enough money.

Q: When's your book coming out?

A: I don't know. I think in October.

Q: Did teams play you differently last year?

A: Yeah, they turned the offensive line towards me and started keeping the back in to assist. Sometimes the guards would help the tackles. I'm getting used to it.

Q: The clothesline block seemed to be a popular one on you.

A: Now, see, that's something we've got to talk about. The ref tells me, that if he has his arm around me on the front, and my feet are past his, then it's a hold. Sometimes they call it; sometimes they don't. Guess they can't catch everything.

Q: What do you do for an encore this season?

A: I'm not putting any more pressure on me than I did in previous years. I just come in and do the best that I can do. I do whatever I can do to make the defense better. If I get more sacks, less sacks, so be it. I'm just trying to make our defense better.

Q: Could you have a better season and not put up better numbers?

A: I believe I can. It's not about the numbers.

Q: Your game is all about power and leverage. Are you better in that regard this year at your advanced age of 31?

A: You tell me.

Q: How do you feel? Are you feeling it on the field?

A: I feel better and stronger than I did last year. I came in bigger than I did any other year, but I'm down to two percent body fat. That's less body fat than I've had in my whole career, so, I don't know, you tell me.

Q: It's tough to tell against big Max with the leverage advantage you have.

A: He's going to have to go against guys that are my height again, so it's practice for him I guess.

Q: Will that be the new trend? Smaller pass rushers with leverage against the mammoth tackles?

A: I might be changing that. It might be changing the trend. Everybody might want to get that new James Harrison. ‘We need a 5-10, 6-foot guy to play outside linebacker.'


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