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    Question Where does James Harrison rank among the Steeler greats at Linebacker?

    Ed Bouchette wrote an article today about how James Harrison will go down as one of the greatest linebackers ever in Steelers history.

    Each decade there's one or two that rise above and get put into that elite class along with the 70's dynasty era players. Greg Lloy, Kevin Greene, Chad Brown, and I like to think Levon Kirkland as well. Jason Gildon and Joey Porter. Now Harrison, Farrior, and maybe one day Timmons and Woodley.

    Do you guys think Harrison deserves to be in that same talk as the past greats? Personally I don't think there's any question about it.

    He is 34 and at 33 he was as effective as he was at 29 and 30, so who is to say he won’t be as effective this year? As long as that knee holds up -- and there was a good sign yesterday that it’s off to a good start -- Harrison could make it six for six in Pro Bowls.
    Again, it’s too bad we didn’t get to see him doing this at 24 as well, but even with his late start, he’ll go down as one of the Steelers’ best outside linebackers, right there in the post-70s years with Greg Lloyd and Joey Porter, as the three best that I covered.

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    Lloyd>Harrison>Porter

    and i love them all

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    Without question. Too bad he hadn't started younger, 'cause we'd be talking about a sure fire Hall of Famer. Now to get in, he's gonna need a couple more big years and some understanding from the panel haha. Over his 5 year starting period, he's averaged 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and an about an INT, per season while missing 6 games, not to mention doing this practically all in his 30s...

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    Pre Goodell: right up there, post: falling off but still one of the greats!
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    As far as his play on the field? Absolutely! However I doubt if the world will see it that way since he is seen as a mentally disturbed freak of nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LatrobePA View Post
    Pre Goodell: right up there, post: falling off but still one of the greats!
    You know that Goodell has been commissioner since 2006 right? Since before Harrison became a starter lol

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    I also find it pretty interesting that in both Harrison and Woodley's careers, they both have averaged 11 sacks a season, since becoming starters (Harrison: 55 sacks since 07, Woodley 44 sacks since 08)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LatrobePA View Post
    Pre Goodell: right up there, post: falling off but still one of the greats!
    hmmmmmm

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    James is a good LB but to put him with the Great Ones in Steeler History is a bit much......

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