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Harrison was pegged as crazy early on

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) yawns during

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) yawns during NFL football practice in Pittsburgh, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. The Steelers host the New York Jets in the AFC Championship on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Credit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

James Harrison has been saying some pretty crazy stuff this week. But that’s nothing compared to the things he was saying and doing when he first arrived in Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent rookie in 2002.

“I thought he was crazy when I first saw him out there on the practice field,” fellow linebacker James Farrior, who also arrived with the Steelers in 2002 as a free agent from the Jets, said today. “He was doing crazy things. I thought the guy was trying to get himself cut, I didn’t think he really wanted to play football.”

If ever there a place for a follow-up question, it was at this point. Farrior elaborated:

“He would be out in the middle of a play. This was our first time in this defense so we didn’t know what was going on and he definitely didn’t have a clue. And while the play was running he would throw his hands up and tell the coaches ‘Hey, man, y’all just get me out of here! Get me out of here! I don’t know what I’m doing!’ During the play! And I thought that was the craziest thing I had ever seen in my life. That was my first impression of James Harrison.”

One more follow-up: Is he crazy?

A long pause by Farrior.

“Sometimes,” he said with a smile. “Sometimes he can be crazy.”

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