James Henry Harrison Jr. is a 39 year old line-backer who plays for the New England Patriots in the NFL. He was born in Akron, Ohio. Despite initial concern from his mother, he was eventually allowed to play football in high school. He excelled both at football and track & field. James was one of the first ever black football players to play at Coventry High School. He struggled to control his emotions though, leading to several on and off the field violations.Image Credit: Navin Rajagopalan
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After high school James Harrison went Kent State University, but wasn’t allowed to play because of NCAA academic guidelines. He played the final three games of 1999 season, and performed excellently.
After James Harrison graduated from Kent (he is in their “K” hall of fame), in 2010 he donated $100 000 to the university.
In 2002, James Harrison was signed as a rookie by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He struggled as a player, and received very little game time.
In 2003, Baltimore picked James Harrison up, and he went to play in The Rein of Fire in the European NFL. He was dropped so many times he thought about leaving football forever. In 2004 he was signed once again by the Steelers, and after much improvement he stayed there until the 2012 season. He opened his NFL account in 2004, with a touch down against the Buffalo Bills.
In 2005, James Harrison started just three games. Although lacking game time, he did earn a Super Bowl ring because the Steelers won the Bowl that season.
In 2007, the Steelers had added two line-backers to their squad, but chose Harrison as a starter instead. It was a wise choice in the end because he had a fantastic season: he was named in All-Pro Second Team, and started his first ever Super Bowl. Because of another excellent performance against the Baltimore Ravens, he was titled “Mr. Monday Night”.
James Harrison had developed a powerful partnership with LaMarr Woodley in 2008, and the pair made a record when they amassed 27.5 sacks in the season.
James Harrison was honored with the title of best defensive player in the NFL in the same year. In the Super Bowl XLIII, he scored a 100-yard touch down- another NFL record for being the longest play in history. Also in 2008, he was named Tuesday Morning Quarterback Non-QB Non-RB NFL MV by Gregg Easterbrook.
In 2009, James Harrison was said to have entered a new 6 year contract extension, worth about $ 51.75 million. After another very successful season, he was named as a starter in that year’s Pro Bowl.
James Harrison struggled with various on field offences in 2010, and picked up a fine for an obscene hand gesture towards Vince Young from the Titans. However, he had once again helped the Steelers reach the Super Bowl for the third time.
For the next two years he had respectable seasons, but in 2013 he was let go by the Steelers because of restrictions on salaries.
In 2013 James Harrison was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, where despite limited playing time made a sum of 30 tackles.
In 2014, James Harrison retired from football, but because of a large number of injuries in the Steelers squad, he returned to the Steelers squad. In 2015 he penned a two year contract for the team, earning $2.65 million, plus a $500k signing bonus. By late 2016, he had amassed the most ever sacks for the Pittsburgh team, and at the end of the season he had a total of 79.5 sacks.
In 2017 James Harrison again signed a contract extension for the Steelers, but joined the New England Patriots in late 2017, and had a successful debut against the New York Jets.
James Harrison will play for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb 4, 2018 and will undoubtedly put in his best effort to help his team win the trophy. After getting a paycheck for over $2 million from Pittsburgh Steelers this season, this veteran will earn another $60 thousand from the Patriots.
In all, we estimate James Harrison net worth in 2018 at $30 million.