James Harrison: 95th
The recent news about James Harrison and his latest comments have Steelers fans up in arms – and for good reason. The former Defensive Player of the Year claimed Mike Tomlin handed him an ‘envelope’ after his illegal hit on Mohamad Massaquoi that netted him a $75,000 fine.
Regardless of this turmoil, he is causing for the team, there’s no doubting Harrison’s dominance in his prime. Here’s what Monson had to say:
"95. EDGE JAMES HARRISON The decade only caught the second half of James Harrison’s incredible career. Yet, even as an aging veteran presence, he seemed to be bulletproof and capable of continuing on forever as an imposing and productive player. Even a complete position switch to an off-ball linebacker with the Cincinnati Bengals couldn’t prevent him grading well. And in his final cameo appearances for the New England Patriots, he still flashed the ability to generate pressure despite his age. Harrison is one of the best defenders the league has seen, maybe ever, and was an outstanding player in the past decade."
Harrison had an unusual career that really didn’t kick off until he became a starter at age 29 in 2007. From there, he experienced a dominant five-year run until 2011 that included five straight Pro Bowls and two All-Pro selections.
However, Harrison’s low ranking on this list is justified, as he became a reserve player from 2014 until his career ended in 2017 at 39 years old. Chandler Jones (80th) and Carlos Dunlap (89th) were just above him on this list.