James Harrison says Bill Belichick ‘has not asked me one thing’ about Steelers
Conventional wisdom suggests one of the benefits for the New England Patriots to signing James Harrison is the ability to glean valuable insider intel on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran linebacker insists that’s not the case, at least as it relates to his discussions thus far with Bill Belichick.
Harrison indicated in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Belichick “has not asked me one thing” about the Steelers.
For what it’s worth, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not show any concern over whether or not Harrison would share Steelers secrets with the Patriots.
“That’s on James. If they want to ask him for every single piece of information he has then that’s what people do in this league,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m not worried about it. We don’t play them this week. We don’t play them next week. We’ll see.”
Harrison referred to his signing with the Patriots as a “business decision.” Although the longtime Steeler — who apparently wanted to remain in Pittsburgh — admitted to “a little hesitation” about joining the Patriots over the notion some would label him as a “traitor,” something that has come to widespread and stunningly vitriolic fruition among Steelers fans and even some of his former teammates.
That said, Harrison is a Patriot now and is on a collision course with his former team in what many anticipate as an inevitable match-up in the AFC Championship Game. How much Harrison contributes to the Patriots’ efforts remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Belichick isn’t about to say much about it, to no surprise.
Harrison did indicate, however, that he participated in about 30 snaps during Wednesday’s practice. He also indicated he’s been informed he will play Sunday in the Patriots’ regular-season finale against the New York Jets.