James Harrison, who is the youngest of 14 children, was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, 40 miles south of Cleveland.
He attended Kent State University and was undrafted out of college.
He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a part of the practice squad for two seasons. He also spent a year in NFL Europe.
Harrison didn’t become a full-time starter until 2007 and the rest is history. He made five straight Pro Bowls from 2007 to 2011 and was named an All-Pro four times during that same period. He averaged 10 sacks a season from 2007 through 2012.
Harrison was also fined $125,000 in 2010 alone for what the NFL labels as illegal hits.
Why would a Browns fan want Harrison to be in Cleveland? Well he wouldn’t be playing the Browns twice a season anymore and knocking out Cleveland’s quarterbacks and receiver corps. He also brings leadership and heart which is desperately needed in the Browns' locker room.
The only other thing I would be concerned about when it comes to Harrison is his age and his style of play. He will turn 35 in August and as he grows older his style of play, which is no holds barred, will start to weigh on his body.
Cleveland is also looking at other defensive players like Cliff Avril and Paul Kruger. Avril thinks he should be paid as much as Mario Williams, but he is definitely no Marion Williams. He’s only had double-digits sacks once in his five-year career.
Kruger is a mystery to me, as he only has 69 tackles and 15.5 sacks in four NFL seasons. He’s only started six games in his career for Baltimore. I really have no idea what makes this guy so special.
James Harrison is a risky choice, but the guy knows what it’s like to be a clutch player on a championship team.