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Steelers Harrison Bashes Patriots, Still Bitter About 2004 AFC Championship

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Steelers Linebacker James Harrison. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Steelers Linebacker James Harrison. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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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.”

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