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Welcome, James Harrison

I would like to make a public announcement that I am happy to have James Harrison on the New England Patriots. You hear that, Steelers fans? James Harrison is on the New England Patriots.

Harrison played his first game in a Pats uniform on Sunday, and he didn’t disappoint. He’s the oldest defensive player in the NFL, but he looked explosive.

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That’s probably due to him playing just 40 snaps all season with the Steelers. His legs are fresh and he’s hungry to stick it to his former team. Thank you for that, Mike Tomlin.

In his Patriots debut, Harrison had 5 total tackles, two of which were sacks. The veteran linebacker didn’t play every snap, but he showed quickness and intuition when he was on the field.

He even set the edge, which we haven’t seen a Patriots player do in what feels like forever.

Now, I would like to make a public apology to Mr. Harrison and the New England Patriots organization. When the Patriots announced the acquisition of Harrison, I accused him of being a Steelers spy.

Not only did I underestimate Harrison’s character, but the intelligence and decision making skills of the Patriots personnel. It’s clear to me now that Harrison has moved on from the Black and Yellow and is firmly entrenched in the Patriots title defense campaign.

I hope you can accept my apology, Mr. Harrison. I was partially kidding, after all.