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'A Football Life: James Harrison' airs on Friday night


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Former Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison's "A Football Life" episode will air on Friday at 9 p.m. on the NFL Network. The "A Football Life" series by NFL Films is always well done and judging by the trailer, Harrison's episode should be another good one.

Harrison will forever be known for having arguably the greatest defensive play in Super Bowl history when he had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown off Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XLIII. He's also the franchise's all-time sack leader with 80.5 sacks and one of the greatest Steelers players to ever don the black and gold.


After being cut a total of four times -- three times by the Steelers and once by the Ravens -- Harrison finally figured things out and was a key special teams player for the Steelers from 2004-2006. In 2007, Harrison became a starter after the Steelers parted ways with Joey Porter, and he had a breakout season, earning his first Pro Bowl berth. And just a year later in 2008, he had a single-season franchise record of 16 sacks and was named Defensive Player of the Year.


Harrison had an incredible football career and story, as he personified persistence. From being an undrafted rookie who was cut four times to Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl hero.


NFL Films gave a glimpse of the episode yesterday on Twitter, showcasing Harrison's 100-yard pick-six off Warner in Super Bowl XLIII. Mike Tomlin went out to check on Harrison after the play and asked him if he was all right, and Harrison replied, "I'm tired, boss."

Harrison will be the ninth Steelers related "A Football Life" episode, following features on the "Immaculate Reception," Joe Greene, Jerome Bettis, Chuck Noll, Kevin Greene, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, Bill Cowher, and Terry Bradshaw.






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