Steelers LB Harrison talking retirement after massive fine after hits


Mike Tomlin is going to have to find a way to convince LB James Harrison that the $75,000 fine he got Tuesday is nothing more than a bump in the road.

Otherwise – Harrison may retire.

“I’m going to sit down and have a serious conversation with my coach tomorrow and see if I can actually play by NFL rules and still be effective,” Harrison said. “If not, I may have to give up playing football.”

Harrison, obviously upset over the fine and the way he is being portrayed in the media, has already stated that he felt that he should not be fined for either of the hits against Cleveland, and he is not sure anymore of what is legal and what is not.

Tomlin backed Harrison Tuesday before the $75,000 fine was announced, saying the linebacker made “legal hits, not fineable hits.” He also downplayed Harrison’s postgame comments that he tries to hurt, not injure, opponents because it increases the Steelers’ chances of winning.

“I didn’t see those comments, but I know James,” Tomlin said. “James says a lot of things he doesn’t necessarily mean. He’s a tough talker, like a lot of guys that play the game at this level. If you want to get to know James, catch him on a Tuesday when he’s walking through the building with his son. He’s a big softie.”

So would Harrison actually leave the game? Probably not, but the league is going to have a firestorm on their hands if they keep handing out fines right and left for hits, then putting out DVD’s of big hits and selling photos of big hits on their store website.

“I really truly hope it’s something that can be done,” Harrison told Fox Sports Radio. “But the way that things were being explained to me today and the reasoning for it, I don’t feel I can continue to play and be effective and, like I say, not have to worry about injuring someone else or risking injury to myself.”


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