James Harrison has heard people talk about his departure from the Steelers and arrival with the Patriots, and he’s finally making his thoughts known. Sort of. Harrison just posted his response to former teammates who had harsh words for him with an Instagram post accompanied by the message: “This will be my only comment.” “If anybody thought I signed a two year deal with a team in the NFL at age 39 to sit on the bench and collet a check and a participation trophy, they’re mistaken,” he wrote. “I didn’t sign up to sit on the bench and be a cheerleader. I was clear about that when I signed, and I was told I would be on the field when I signed. When I was asking for reps in camp, I got none. I got lip service though: we know what you can do – you don’t need the reps. But I know what my body needs in order to be in shape to compete, and I said so, but still zero reps. “At the beginning of the season, when it was clear I didn’t have a role anymore, I asked to be released. Throughout the season, I was told week in and out that I’d be used. I wasn’t. I started getting frustrated about the whole thing. I asked to not be dressed or take unnecessary practice reps if I wasn’t going to play. That’s what happened for a [couple] weeks, then we had a game week that I got solid reps in practice and everyone assumed I would play. I got to the stadium four hours early as usual, and my locker was empty. Nobody said anything to me about being inactive, just an empty locker. I asked to be released again. I was told no.
James Harrison: “I didn’t sign up . . . to be a cheerleader”
Pro Football Talk | Dec 29