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James Harrison
OLB #92
Height:
6-0
Weight:
275
College:
Kent State
Experience:
10
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 155 681 495 186 70 1 19 6 0 89 -- 33
2014 PIT 9 34 23 11 4 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 CIN 15 30 16 14 2 -- 1 1 0 9 9 9
2012 PIT 13 70 49 21 6 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 PIT 11 59 48 11 9 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 PIT 16 100 70 30 10.5 -- 5 2 0 2 1 2
2009 PIT 16 79 60 19 10 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2008 PIT 15 101 67 34 16 1 3 1 0 33 33 33
2007 PIT 16 98 76 22 8.5 -- 3 1 0 20 20 20
2006 PIT 11 20 14 6 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005 PIT 16 45 36 9 3 -- 3 1 0 25 25 25
2004 PIT 16 45 36 9 1 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
2002 PIT 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 155 1 0 29 1 8 0 18 1 1 0 0
2014 PIT 9 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 CIN 15 -- -- 0 -- 1 -- 0 -- -- -- --
2012 PIT 13 -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 PIT 11 -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 PIT 16 -- -- 6 -- 1 -- 0 -- -- -- --
2009 PIT 16 -- -- 5 -- 2 -- 0 -- -- -- --
2008 PIT 15 1 0 7 -- -- -- -- 0 1 0 0
2007 PIT 16 -- -- 7 -- 3 -- 0 -- -- -- --
2006 PIT 11 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 PIT 16 -- -- 0 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004 PIT 16 -- -- 0 -- 1 -- 18 1 -- -- --
2002 PIT 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 155 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014 PIT 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 CIN 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 PIT 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 PIT 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 PIT 16 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2008 PIT 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 PIT 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 PIT 16 0 0 -- -- 0 0 0 1 0
2004 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 PIT 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 155 1 -2 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 PIT 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 CIN 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 PIT 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 PIT 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 PIT 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 PIT 11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 PIT 16 1 -2 -2 -2 0 0 0 0 0
2004 PIT 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 PIT 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

NON-PLAY OF THE YEAR: It was wiped from official history by a penalty, but Harrison made one of the team’s most eye-popping plays Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, powering through encounters with two different 300-pound offensive linemen on a 21-yard INT return to the end zone. One writer dubbed Harrison as being in “superbeast mode” as he pushed past his hefty foes in sumo-like fashion. Though the return was nullified, the INT stood and set up a key TD in a Bengals comeback victory.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Played in Games 1-14 and 16 (10 starts), with 40 tackles, two sacks, INT, fumble recovery and eight QB pressures ... Inactive for Game 15 due to concussion suffered Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, was a prominent factor in key goal line stand, teaming with LB Vontaze Burfict to stop RB Fred Jackson for no gain on second-and-goal from the one and logging a one-yard sack of Thad Lewis on fourth-and-goal from the one … One tackle Oct. 20 at Detroit, but biggest contribution was pushing back a blocker and creating a gap which DE Carlos Dunlap used to block a field goal in second quarter ... Personal season-high six tackles, including a one-yard sack of Matt Simms on Oct. 27 vs. the Jets ... Five tackles, including two for a loss Oct. 31 at Miami ... On Nov. 10 at Baltimore, had two QB pressures and recovered a Joe Flacco fumble at 50-yard line in fourth quarter … Personal season-high seven tackles Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, with sixth career INT (described in preceding item) ... Two tackles and one QB pressure Dec. 1 at San Diego ... One tackle and one QB pressure Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Four tackles in first quarter of Dec. 15 game at Pittsburgh, before leaving game due to concussion ... One QB pressure Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection for Pittsburgh and also a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Harrison joined Bengals for 2013 as a free agent and played in 15 games as No. 1 SLB ... With two sacks, has increased his career total to 66.0 ... Played all his previous seasons in Pittsburgh, and was a key player on the last two Steelers Super Bowl winners (2005 and ’08) ... Has twice been named first-team Associated Press All-Pro ... Career totals also include 66.0 sacks, 28 forced fumbles, six INTs and eight fumble recoveries.

NON-PLAY OF THE YEAR: It was wiped from official history by a penalty, but Harrison made one of the team’s most eye-popping plays Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, powering through encounters with two different 300-pound offensive linemen on a 21-yard INT return to the end zone. One writer dubbed Harrison as being in “superbeast mode” as he pushed past his hefty foes in sumo-like fashion. Though the return was nullified, the INT stood and set up a key TD in a Bengals comeback victory.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Played in Games 1-14 and 16 (10 starts), with 40 tackles, two sacks, INT, fumble recovery and eight QB pressures ... Inactive for Game 15 due to concussion suffered Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, was a prominent factor in key goal line stand, teaming with LB Vontaze Burfict to stop RB Fred Jackson for no gain on second-and-goal from the one and logging a one-yard sack of Thad Lewis on fourth-and-goal from the one … One tackle Oct. 20 at Detroit, but biggest contribution was pushing back a blocker and creating a gap which DE Carlos Dunlap used to block a field goal in second quarter ... Personal season-high six tackles, including a one-yard sack of Matt Simms on Oct. 27 vs. the Jets ... Five tackles, including two for a loss Oct. 31 at Miami ... On Nov. 10 at Baltimore, had two QB pressures and recovered a Joe Flacco fumble at 50-yard line in fourth quarter … Personal season-high seven tackles Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, with sixth career INT (described in preceding item) ... Two tackles and one QB pressure Dec. 1 at San Diego ... One tackle and one QB pressure Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Four tackles in first quarter of Dec. 15 game at Pittsburgh, before leaving game due to concussion ... One QB pressure Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Pittsburgh as college free agent on 4-26-02 ... Waived on 9-2-02, and signed 9-3-02 to Steelers practice squad ... Signed to Steelers roster on 12-17-02 ... Waived by Steelers on 9-3-03 ... Signed on 9-17-03 to Steelers practice squad ... Released from Steelers practice squad on 10-7-03 ... Signed to Baltimore roster on 1-15-04 ... Allocated to Rhein Fire of NFL Europe on 1-26-04 ... Waived by Ravens on 6-17-04 ... Signed with Pittsburgh as free agent on 7-26-04 ... Released by Steelers on 3-11-13 ... Signed with Cincinnati as free agent on 4-23-13.

PRO BOWL PARTICIPATION: Has played in five Pro Bowls ... Voted a starter for AFC in games for 2007-11 seasons.

OTHER AWARDS: First-team Associated Press All-Pro for 2008 and ’10 ... Named AP Defensive Player of the Year for ’08.

100 YARDS THE HARD WAY: Harrison made one of the most dramatic plays in Super Bowl history in the 2008 postseason, with a 100-yard INT return for a TD vs. Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII at Tampa. It stands as the longest gain on a scrimmage play in a Super Bowl. Along his route, Harrison broke or sidestepped six clear tackle opportunities by the Cardinals, and had he been stopped short of the end zone, the play would not have contributed to any points for Pittsburgh, because the first-half clock expired during his return. The play not only turned away Arizona’s bid for a 14-10 halftime lead, it increased Pittsburgh’s lead from 10-7 to 17-7. The Steelers went on to win 27-23.

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2002—College free agent signee opened season on Pittsburgh practice squad and was activated to roster on Dec. 17 ... Made NFL debut in regular-season finale Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore (no statistics) ... Wore uniform No. 93 in Ravens contest, his only career pro game wearing a number other than 92 ... Inactive for both Steelers playoff games.

2003—Waived by Pittsburgh in final cuts ... On Steelers practice squad from Sept. 17 through Oct. 7, when he was released ... Not with an NFL team for remainder of season.

2004—Signed by Baltimore in January and was allocated by Ravens to Rhein Fire for spring season in NFL Europe ... Waived by Ravens in June and re-signed with Pittsburgh just before training camp ... Gained foothold on Steelers roster and played in every game, with four starts, and played in both Steelers postseason games ... His 23 special teams tackles ranked second on the club ... Logged his first career sack on Nov. 14 at Cleveland, downing Jeff Garcia for three-yard loss ... Scored his only career regular-season TD in season finale on 1-2-05 at Buffalo, going 18 yards with fourth-quarter fumble recovery for score that gave Steelers eventual winning points in 29-24 victory.

2005—Played in every regular-season game for Steelers team that went on to win Super Bowl XL vs. Seattle ... Played in postseason opener, Wild Card game on 1-8-06 at Bengals, but suffered ankle injury after making one special teams tackle ... Missed the next two playoff games and returned to see action in Super Bowl, when he led special teams with three tackles ... Logged first pro INT on Oct. 10 at San Diego, returning Drew Brees pass 25 yards.

2006—Played 11 games ... His only start of season came Dec. 31 at Bengals, when he subbed for injured Clark Haggans and had three tackles.

2007—Played his first season as a Pittsburgh starter and earned first Pro Bowl berth ... Had 8.5 sacks and six forced fumbles, and ranked fourth on team in tackles (80) ... Had career-high (through 2012) of 3.5 sacks on Nov. 5 vs. Baltimore ... Still a mainstay on special teams, he tied for second in tackles (12) ... Had 1.5 sacks against David Garrard, first career sacks in postseason, in Wild Card loss on 1-5-08 vs. Jacksonville ... Named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November.

2008—Named as Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year after leading Steelers to AFC North title and victory over Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII ... Had 100-yard INT for TD in Super Bowl (detail in previous item) ... Set Steelers record with 16.0 sacks, and had seven forced fumbles ... Had career-high 100 tackles, a mark he would tie in 2010 ... First-team All-Pro by AP, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News.

2009—Started every Steelers game, logging 10.0 sacks and five forced fumbles ... Named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October, when in four games he had 7.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

2010—Earned his second first-team All-Pro nod from Associated Press, starting every game as Steelers took their season to a Super Bowl loss vs. Green Bay ... Had 10.5 sacks in regular season, third straight season in double figures ... Four sacks in postseason, including three against Joe Flacco in Divisional win on 1-15-11 vs. Baltimore ... Had a sack of Aaron Rodgers in Super Bowl.

2011—Logged 9.0 sacks and two forced fumbles for Steelers Wild Card playoff entry ... Named starter in Pro Bowl for fifth straight year ... Missed Games 5-8 due to an eye injury, and missed Game 15, Dec. 19 at San Francisco, due to one-game NFL suspension ... Had three sacks Nov. 6 vs. Baltimore, and had all three of Steelers sacks against Andy Dalton in win Dec. 4 vs. Bengals ... The Cincinnati game was his career fifth with three or more sacks.

2012—Played in 13 games (Games 4-16) and tied for team lead in sacks (6.0), with 71 total tackles and two forced fumbles ... Inactive for Games 1-3 due to knee injury ... Made season debut Oct. 7 vs. Philadelphia and had game-high four QB pressures while helping defense limit Eagles to 78 rushing yards ... Helped Steelers limit Bengals to 80 rushing yards in win Oct. 21 at Cincinnati ... Season-high 11 tackles (later tied) Nov. 25 at Cleveland, including eight-yard sack of Brandon Weeden ... In 23-20 win Dec. 2 at Baltimore, had a sack-and-strip against Joe Flacco at Ravens 27 in fourth quarter, and Steelers drove after the turnover for TD that tied the game 20-20 ... On Dec. 16 at Dallas, forced a DeMarco Murray fumble that Steelers recovered, and tackled Tony Romo for five-yard loss on a fourth-and-one play ... Had zero-yard sack of Andy Dalton on Dec. 23 vs. Bengals ... Tied season high in tackles (11) Dec. 30 vs. Cleveland, with third-down sack of Thad Lewis.

COLLEGE: Named as Kent State’s Outstanding Defensive Player as a both a junior and senior (2000-01) ... First-team All-MAC selection in ’01, and finished third in league’s Defensive Player of Year balloting, leading league in sacks (15.0) ... Moved into starting lineup for the last three games of his sophomore 1999 season.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Akron, Ohio ... Attended Coventry High School ... Has two sons, James and Henry ... General studies major at Kent State.

NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Harrison did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2002 or ’03 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games in either year.

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