If you’re on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook or… You name it. Then you’ve likely seen James Harrison doing some form of weightlifting in his patented Steelers’ sweatsuit. As fans, we marvel at the ageless wonder and I’m sure Chairman Dan Rooney and Team President Art Rooney II do as well.
Harrison has in recent weeks also posted some stuff on his social media accounts that, shall we say, have gone after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He’s done so because of the Al-Jazeera Sports documentary in which he and a few other NFL players were reported to have used human growth hormones.
As a fan, I’ve enjoyed Harrison’s antagonistic approach to Goodell. Read the MMQB piece about Goodell and his handling of player’s disciplinary issues and you can see quickly why the players overwhelmingly despise him. Harrison is no different. While we have the knowledge that he’s never liked Goodell, his recent sorties aimed him probably don’t sit well with his bosses, The Rooney’s.
What you have to keep in mind is that Dan Rooney was one of the key figures in helping Roger Goodell ascend to the Commissioner’s seat he holds today. He’s been a mentor to Goodell and has been very supportive even when Goodell was likely feeling the wrath from other owners. Rooney’s son Art II took the baton from his father and has been similarly supportive of Goodell.
Therefore, one could surmise that The Rooney’s probably aren’t real thrilled with one of their own players being so upfront and aggressive towards the man they helped put in charge. You may ask, if they are upset with Harrison now why wouldn’t they have been when Harrison did his famous interview in which he was “less than kind” towards the Commissioner?
My reply is, “Who’s to say they weren’t displeased with Harrison then?” Perhaps his latest salvos have finally put the Rooney’s on the precipice of telling Deebo, “That’s enough!”
With so many linebackers fighting for roster spots is it conceivable that Harrison isn’t on this roster come week one? I’ve learned to never say “never” so I’m not going there but the feeling I have gotten is that between Harrison’s war with Goodell and the hope of rising stars at the position, maybe he’s not such a sure thing.
As fans however, I think I speak for all of us when I say that hope Harrison continues to be on the offensive. It’s entertaining and quite frankly I like to think it gets under Goodell’s skin. Perhaps Deebo will have something coming soon with that goal in mind.
Then again, The Rooney’s may have already said, “That’s enough.”