But as he approached the fans in his 92 game jersey wearing a Bengals ballcap after leaving the stage at Thursday night's Bengals Pep Rally and the fans reached out their pens, mugged for pictures, and yelled "Welcome to Cincinnati" while fireworks burst into the sky and the Paul Brown Stadium scoreboards purred with the Sunday afternoon kickoff video, the Bengals new SAM linebacker had his answer in this sea of Bengaldom.
"I didn't know how I would be taken," said Harrison, once the most dreaded man of the dreaded Steelers. "I didn't know what (the reaction) would be, but it was great. I definitely felt it out there.
"Change in color, change in attitudes."
The Rusty Griswolds provided the soundtrack, all-time passing leader Ken Anderson led the contingent of alumni autograph signing tables, and right end
"PBS, what time is it?" he asked.
Then Johnson offered the season's motto of "This is our time."
Former cornerback Louis Breeden, whose 33rd and last career interception came 26 years ago and no one has passed him since in club annals, knows something about quarterbacks.
Waiting to get introduced to the crowd, he nodded at Anderson, the man in front of him in line, and said, "He's got the stats that get ignored. He was the big player in '81 when we won the AFC."
"It's all on (Andy) Dalton," is how Breeden sees this season. But the man who shares Dalton's No. 14 doesn't believe like some pundits that this year is Dalton's make-or-break season.
"I think he's just got to do better than he did last year," said Anderson, who was an NFL quarterbacks coach longer than he was a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback. "The best thing for a young quarterback is that the graph continues to go up, which I think it will."
Former wide receiver Mike Martin, the only man returning to the PBS stage Friday night when his band performs in the Macy Music Festival, thinks it's a big year for music and football.
But head coach Marvin Lewis called on his veterans and quarterback to say a few words to the crowd. Dalton was joined by running back
"PBS, I need you," BJGE implored. "We're a team. The louder you are, the better we are."