James Harrison, defensive MVP of the NFL, superbowl record holder for the longest interception return in the history of the NFL, seemingly has let these accolades go straight to his head. He thinks he's better than the President of the United States, Barack Obama—right?
Well, it may seem so, the way the mainstream media is portraying his latest decision not to appear at the White House with the Pittsburgh Steelers like all teams do after winning a Super Bowl.
However, his decision not to go is based on what is in his heart and not so much what is in his words.
According to a Yahoo Sports article, Harrison said, “I don’t feel the need to go, actually,” Harrison told Pittsburgh station WTAE-TV. “I don’t feel like it’s that big a deal to me.” And he also mentioned that “He (Obama) would have invited Arizona.”
Maybe Harrison, a football player, doesn't speak as eloquently as President Obama, but he is showing no disrespect to the President personally, he just doesn't believe in a tradition that allows teams to visit the White House after a Super Bowl win.
He just believes that a team should be invited if the President is a fan of a team and not just because of some tradition about the Super Bowl winner, which started for some unknown reason.
Harrison is a football player, and that is what he does best and he does it on the gridiron. He's not a Republican (at least I don't think he is) and he is not trying to make a political statement by his actions, let us just let him be what he is—a Pittsburgh Steeler and a darn good football player.