James Harrison might never stop playing football.
The 38-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is the oldest defensive player in the NFL, but that didn’t stop him from having another productive season. Harrison played particularly well during the postseason, compiling 20 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 stuffs and a forced fumble.
When asked about his future following the Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Harrison sounded like a man determined to play at least one more season. “I’m not done yet,” he told reporters.
Harrison, who will turn 39 in May, has been able to fight off Father Time thanks to his tireless preparation. He reportedly spends between $400,000 and $600,000 a year to keep his body healthy. He trains like an absolute animal and uses methods such as dry-needling to enhance his recovery. Just look at how hard he was grinding last week:
Even after the punishment of a full season and three playoff games, Harrison told reporters his body felt A-OK.
“I feel physically fine,” said Harrison. “A few little dings and bruises here and there but other than that I feel fine.”
Harrison will be an unrestricted free agent this off-season, but it’s hard to imagine the Steelers won’t make an effort to re-sign him.
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