Every week a player on the Steelers roster is chosen as the player of the week. Profiling these players in the fan-addicts articles is an honor, and many times the player that is chosen is based on their play in the week before.
This week, James Harrison (linebacker) was named as the NFL's AFC Defensive Player of the Week. In his play in Tennessee Sunday against the Titans, Harrison registered 11 tackles, two sacks, Raidersofficialnfl.com two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, helping the Steelers defense to shut down the Titans' offense and achieve a 19-11 Kids Miles Austin Jersey win. His play limited Titans' running back Chris Johnson, who entered the game with 12 consecutive 100-yard rushing performances, to 34 yards rushing on 16 carries (a 2.1 yard per carry average). Harrison was pivotal in the Steelers' defense achieving seven turnovers/takeaways from Tennessee (four fumble recoveries, three interceptions). The number of takeaways was the most Pittsburgh has been able to register since a November 9, 1997, game versus the Baltimore Ravens (four interceptions, three fumble recoveries).
In 2002, James Harrison, Jr., was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent. Harrison hails from Akron, Ohio, where he was the youngest of 14 children to James Sr., and Mildred Harrison. When he was young, he was a Cleveland Browns fan. Harrison played both linebacker and running back in high school. He attended Archbishop Hoban High School and Buchtel High School before attending Coventry High School, where he graduated in 1998 as one of the first African-Amercian football players. Harris had some difficulties in high school, and off-field issues, programs like Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Nebraska opted not to offer him a scholarship. Harrison decided to attend Kent State University regardless of not having a football scholarship. After making poor grades his first year, his mother wanted him to return home. Harrison chose to step up and give more effort to his coach, Dean Pees. His senior year, Harrison was selected as a team captain and earned 2001 All Mid-American Conference honors at the linebacker position. He also helped Kent State to their first winning season in 14 www.raidersofficialnfl.com/WOMENS-TYVON-BRANCH-JERSEY.html years. He left Kent State in 2002 a few credits shy of a bachelor's degree in general studies.
In 2002 the Steelers signed Harrison to the team, making him the first Kent State alumnus to play linebacker for the team since Hall of Fame player Jack Lambert. Harrison spent two years on and off of the practice squad, was released three times, and also was on the active roster briefly towards the end of the 2002 season playing special teams. Prior to adopting his number, 92 (which was worn at the time by fellow linebacker and Redskin Jersey Pro Bowler Jason Gildon), Harrison wore the number 93. Late in 2003, Harrison was signed Womens Tyvon Branch Jersey by the Ravens, and was then sent to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. After being cut by the Ravens, Harrison considered leaving the NFL to become a veterinarian or drive commercially as his father had. Thankfully, the Steelers signed Kyle Orton Jersey Harrison during training camp in 2004. Throughout that Eli Manning Jersey season, Harrison mostly played special teams. He had his first career start against his hometown Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. He scored his first career touchdown on a fumble recovery in the final week of the season against the Buffalo Bills. Harrison earned a Super Bowl ring with the team in 2005 (Super Bowl XL). Harrison had a breakout season in 2007 and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl, making All-Pro as a starter on the AFC squad. Harrison was voted team MVP for the 2007 season. By 2008, Harrison and fellow teammate LaMarr Woodley Jason Pierre-Paul Kids Jersey were considered the team's best pass-rushing duo since Steelers' Greg Lloyd and Kevin Greene in 1994. Harrison broke the team record (set by Mike Merriweather in 1984) by achieving 16 sacks. On January 5, 2009, Harrison was named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2008 season. He was the first undrafted player to win the award. Harrison also achieved the longest play in Super Bowl history during Super Bowl XLIII by intercepting a pass from Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner at the goal line and running it the length of the field for a 100-yard touchdown.
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