Berk's Blog - 11/25/13
By Mike Berk
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I had a rare chance to go one-on-one with James Harrison following Thursday's Bengals practice. I approached him carefully on Wednesday, asked when (if) hed sit down with us, and he agreed to do it after Thursday's practice.
I think after a first impression he's somewhat misunderstood. I'm not sure he dislikes the media. I just think he dislikes the process. I got the feeling he may be somewhat reluctant to talk a lot about himself, and tries to avoid doing so whenever possible, because it's not his style. Remember, he went undrafted out of Kent State, so it's not as if he spent his entire life in the spotlight.
We will have more with Harrison on upcoming editions of Local 12 News, and in our preseason special, which will air on September 7th, before the season opener in Chicago. We talked about everything from getting acclimated to Cincinnati to learning his new position on the outside. Here's a snippet of what we discussed:
Q: Rey Maualuga, Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur are looking up to you as a role model. That has to make you feel good, doesn't it?
A: It's alright.
Q: Just alright? You don't view yourself as being a role model to those younger players?
A: Not really. I guess some things I do they can model after.
Q: You obviously meant so much to the Steelers and that city. Have you thought at all about what it's going to be like going back into that building this season? (The Bengals visit Pittsburgh on December 15TH)
A: I haven't really thought about it, right now we're getting ready for our second preseason game against Tennessee and that's the only thing on my mind.
Q: Which James Harrison do you think we're getting this year? Will it be the All-Pro, former MVP? Do you still have that in your tank?
A: That's my goal every year. Come in do the best I can do, and walk away with the Lombardi.
Harrison has walked away with two Lombardi Trophies. Two of the six the Steelers have won. If he can bring just one to Cincinnati, Bengals Nation would likely make him a lifetime member. And all those years he spent pounding on the Bengals will be forgotten; lost in a sea of orange and black confetti.
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 8: James Harrison #92 of the Cincinnati Bengals lines up for a play against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on August 8 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)