Steelers Harrison Bashes Patriots, Still Bitter About 2004 AFC Championship

BOSTON (CBS) – Steelers Linebacker James Harrison is known for his hard hits and brash remarks, and is once again taking aim at the NFL and the New England Patriots.

In an article in Men’s Journal, Harrison called former Patriots Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi “clowns.” He is also still fuming from the Patriots 41-27 win over the Steelers in the 2004 AFC Championship.

“I should have another ring. We were the best team in football in 2004, but the Patriots, who we beat during the regular season, stole our signals and picked up 90 percent of our blitzes [in the AFC title game],” Harrison told Paul Solotaroff, alluding to the SpyGate scandal. “They got busted for it later, but, hey, they’re Goodell’s boys, so he slapped ‘em $500,000 and burned the tapes. Was he going to rescind their Super Bowls? Man, hell no!”

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Harrison took more shots at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the man who fined him $100,000 for illegal hits in 2010, calling him a “clown and puppet.”

Harrison called out just about everyone in the article, titled “Confessions Of An NFL Hitman,” even taking shots at his own quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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“Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the D to bail you out again,” he said of Roethlisberger’s two interceptions in the Steelers Super Bowl XLV loss to Green Bay. “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.”

  • Mark

    Belichick is so far entrenched in this guy’s head that he’s going to start putting up luxury condos there soon.

  • UZi

    Does anybody whine more than Steelers players? My God, somebody get this baby a pacifier.

  • donny

    No doubt the guy hits harder than anyone in the NFL. That said, he’s also a whiner, revisionist and an idiot, to boot.

    His team lost in 2004 because they played AWFUL. Their 4 turnovers played a bigger role than any real or imagined signal stealing. Then again, hang on to that Spygate binky, blah, blah. it’ll knw away at you well into your retirement. Fun stuff, but try and accept this fact; your team lost because the Pats played better, crybaby.

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