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Steelers' Legend James Harrison Absolutely Terrified One Loudmouth Bengals Player

Steeler Nation logo Steeler Nation 1/29/2023 Spencer Schultz, Steeler Nation
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have had many defenders that have given opposing teams nightmares. From Jack Lambert, and Joe Greene to Greg Lloyd. But not many were scarier than James Harrison. The 2008 AP Defensive Player of the Year was pretty good too, racking up a total of 84.5 sacks in 16 seasons. Harrison established himself as one of the scariest players in the league.

He has several highlight reel hits, which also came with plenty of fines from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. One former opponent came out and stated how scared he was of Harrison. That would be Adam "Pac Man" Jones, formerly a cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals.

"James Harrison almost broke my whole body," Jones said on Shannon Sharpe's podcast. "Oh my god, so as long as James Harrison not hitting me, I'll take [it]."

The hit specifically happened when Jones was with the Dallas Cowboys in his early playing days. He recalled the play with former NFL tight end and current sports pundit, Shannon Sharpe. The play actually happened on special teams, as Jones muffed the punt and Harrison came in and clocked him.

Jones appeared on Sharpe's weekly podcast, Club Shay Shay, over a year ago. When he arrived in Cincinnati, he quickly became one of the least-liked players by the Steelers fanbase. Between him and Vontaze Burfict, black and gold fans began to despise the Bengals.

In his prime, Jones was quite good. Once the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, he made one Pro Bowl, as well as an All-Pro team. In the prime of their careers, the Bengals and Steelers established quite a rivalry. Obviously AFC North foes, the two teams played some of the most physical football you will ever see. 

Jones went on to tell Sharpe that he would rather get punched in his boxing career than get tackled by Harrison. It would be interesting to see how those two would fit into the modern era of football. Even back when the sport was more physical, Harrison was still racking up fines left and right.

What is your favorite memory of James Harrison? What hit of his was the best? Where does he rank amongst the all-time greats in black and gold history? As always,

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