Pittsburgh Steelers: James Harrison named fifth fittest athlete in sports

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Outside linebacker James Harrison
KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Outside linebacker James Harrison /

According to Sports Illustrated, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 39-year-old linebacker is the fifth fittest athletes in all of male sports.

This comes as a surprise to no one. In fact, some would argue that there is no one in sports as in shape as James Harrison. But, Sports Illustrated dubbed him the fifth fittest, and at 39-years-old, there’s no room to complain.

In Sports Illustrated’s 2017 Fittest 50 list, nine NFL athletes made the cut. James Harrison may not be the most fit athlete on the planet, but he’s certainly the most in shape in the NFL. For a sport that revolves around be superhuman sized, the Steelers linebacker has taken his workouts to a whole new level and everyone has noticed over the years.

No. 5 is well deserved. As the only Steelers and the first pro football player on the list, Harrison is certainly representing the NFL well. Even if Roger Goodell took awhile to accept that at 39, Harrison is still a freak of nature in the weight room, it’s easy to say that when it comes to fitness in this league, No. 92 is the perfect representation.

The only problem Steelers’ fans should have with this list is keeping Ryan Shazier out of it. The shirtless monster may not have the insane Instagram videos that Harrison has, but it’s pretty apparent that he’s in shape when he comes out to warm up with no shirt on.

Either way, Pittsburgh will take Harrison representing the NFL in this one. With no signs of slowing down, especially in the weight room, Harrison’s newest goal could be to be No. 1 on this list before his NFL career is over.

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Just goes to show that even at 39, you can still be one of the scariest human beings on the planet and in one of the most brutal sports.