As late Saturday night turned into Sunday morning, James Harrison stood at his locker inside the New England Patriots’ locker room and made an audacious series of claims. Harrison said he will not watch the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team he began this season with and departed from amid great hostility, play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. I don’t even know when they play, Harrison said.
If the Steelers avoid an upset Sunday, the hype surrounding Pats-Steelers will be turned up by the presence of Harrison. All season, Harrison seethed about his limited role and agitated for his release, reportedly going so far as to fall asleep in positional meetings. When the Steelers released him, former teammates savaged him, with Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey saying Harrison erased his legacy.
Playing Pittsburgh would mean no more, no less than it would to play anybody else, Harrison said. They can say what they want to. That’s their opinion.
Mikhail Grabovski Game Jersey Harrison, if he is to be believed, will find out if he’ll play Pittsburgh on Monday. Everybody else will be hanging on during the game.
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During their media sessions, both Brady and Ryan were graced (or menaced) by Fake Brady, the creepy creation of Bleacher Report’s Dan Worthington (formerly a designer at The Post). The disconcerting alter ego made his presence Cam Atkinson Authentic Jersey felt, having an impact on social media coverage of the event and getting in an interview of sorts with comedian JB Smoove.
Another celebrity conducting Opening Night interviews was gymnastics superstar Simone Biles, on hand as a correspondent for Inside Edition. The 4-foot-9 Olympic champion made for quite the height disparity as she interviewed 6-8 Atlanta tight end Levine Toilolo.
Mara and Tisch said they interviewed six talented and qualified candidates during their coaching search, and two of them, Patriots assistants Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, are expected to become the head coaches for the Colts and Lions, respectively, after New England plays in the Super Bowl. Barring any surprise departures, those moves will fill the NFL’s vacancies at head coach, as the Cardinals toppled another domino Monday by hiring former Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.