Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers walloped the Miami Dolphins 30-12 in the NFL Wild Card round. The players battled frigid conditions, as the wind chill was below zero just prior to kickoff.
The temperature didn't seem to affect James Harrison, though. The 38-year-old Steelers linebacker had a monstrous game, recording 2 sacks, 3 QB hurries and a forced fumble.
After that kind of performance in that type of weather, I'd probably feel the urge to sleep for about a million hours. Harrison got up early this morning to Squat 575 pounds on a Keiser machine:
Harrison's been doing intense Monday morning workouts all season, so it's no surprise that he got after it in the post-season. Even if the Steelers go on to win the Super Bowl, I wouldn't be shocked to see him pumping iron the next morning.
The reason why Harrison is able to work out so intensely the morning after games is that he takes unbelievable care of his body. He's a big fan of dry needling, in which ultra-thin needles are inserted into the skin and muscle to promote blood flow and enhance recovery. This morning, he was in the cold tub, which is probably the last place in the world I'd like to be after playing a game in Arctic conditions. But that's why Harrison is still making plays despite being one of the oldest players in the NFL. He's willing to do what others will not.