In the meantime, the 10-year Steeler announced on Twitter that he joined up with another team:
Signed a one year deal earlier today and its not with the Steelers. I'll be playing with a new team starting tonight!â James Harrison (@jharrison9292) February 14, 2013
That team, Harrison later announced, was the "Ball Busters" dodgeball squad.
The 6-foot, 242-pound linebacker must be a menace with a red rubber ball in his hands. Dodging, ducking, dipping, diving and dodging is one of the least-dangerous competitions a player could do in the offseason.
Harrison has had past battles with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over illegal hits. We do not yet know whether the dodgeball league has a fine policy for head shots, but Harrison seems to have taken to his new playful activity.
"We won and could have had 2 more games but I have 2 guys that don't take coaching!" Harrison posted on his Facebook page. "I don't know how long I'll be able to take these 2 divas!"
It's fun to see the lighter side of NFL players in the offseason.
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