James Harrison Bashes Roger Goodell and How Fans Are Ruining It

WesAnalyst IJuly 13, 2011

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 11:  James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers comes out of the tunnel as he takes the field against the San Diego Chargers during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers won 35-24.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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I've seen a lot of interesting things scroll across the news ticker at the bottom of ESPN.

There have been shocking results such as Dallas overcoming a 15-point deficit on the NBA Finals.

Tragic events have crawled along the bottom like when Texas Rangers fan Shannon Stone died last week trying to catch a ball from Josh Hamilton.

There have also been outlandish stories such as Brett Favre showing off his package and Tiger Woods checking into sex rehab.

When I woke up Wednesday morning the ESPN ticker produced a moment that was simply awesome.

Half asleep I thought I saw the words, "Harrison," "Crook, "Devil," "Goodell" and "Hate."

Instead of waiting for the news to recycle through all of the MLB All-Star key plays I did a little search on Google News to find out what was going on.

I saw a headline "James Harrison Rips Roger Goodell" by ESPN.


After I read the story I came to the conclusion Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison officially left the reservation and he used Men's Journal as his platform to prove it.

Harrison gave the magazine incredible quotes, but the best may have been about his bladder control and life-saving situations involving NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, "If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn't do it. I hate him and will never respect him."


He went on to attack Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison, which always ranks high in my books.

He bashed teammates Rashard Mendenhall and Ben Roethlisberger for their poor play in the Super Bowl. That was a little weird, but refreshing nonetheless.

Everything was going fine until I read some comments and listened to some sports talk radio while I ran out to the bank.

I heard and read things like, "If I went to a magazine and ripped my boss publicly, I would be fired immediately."

The moment of enjoying Harrison's candid outlook took a turn for the worse when the general public began to use their illogical thoughts.

It drives me absolutely insane when people try to compare their current job situation to that of an NFL player.

I'm sure you're a great CEO, waiter, insurances sales person, or whatever it is you do. And yes, if a news outlet actually cared about your job enough to talk to you I'm sure you would lose your job if you laid into your boss.

Too bad at the end of the day most people don't care what you do for a living.

When people shell out thousands of dollars and breathe down your neck in your cubicle waiting for an opportunity to bash you about a bad company policy or how you forgot to fill out your time card correctly you can start to compare yourself to an NFL player.

And when you get a union who can keep your job even if you fail a drug test several times please let me know.

NFL teams also invest a little more money in their players than your boss has invested in you.

I would be hard pressed to find anyone out there who signed a multi-million dollar contract which included a signing bonus as part of a guaranteed lump sum of money.

If a company invests that much money in you chances are pretty good you can get away with a lot more than you may think.

But since you only made $750,000 last year and your boss hasn't invested any money beyond that you immediately become an expendable commodity when you slip up.

If your company gave you $10 million guaranteed you could probably eat a couple lunches out of the company fridge, make up some bogus claims on your expense report and still keep your job because they don't want to lose their investment.

Since that's not the case sit back and enjoy the show Harrison is putting on.