James Harrison: ‘It feels good’ to reach Super Bowl
While remarkable, no one should be surprised the New England Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl for the eighth time in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.
What is strange is James Harrison will be joining the Patriots in their quest to win a sixth Super Bowl title since the 2001 season. While it might seem remarkable how quickly things have evolved over the last month for the one-time Patriot hunter, the goal always remains the same for Harrison no matter whose colors he’s wearing.
As for Brady, Harrison isn’t surprised that the man who he has made a career out of chasing during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a hand injury to wreak havoc on the Jaguars.
You expect that, Harrison said. I mean, he hasn’t missed a game with any sort of injury except for the ACL when he missed a season. That’s what you expect from him.
If Brady and Harrison continue to live up to their reputations as game-changers in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, the veteran linebacker could add a third Super Bowl ring to his impressive list of accomplishments.
We’ll see. I haven’t tried it in a couple days, Brady said. You know, we got a few things that we’re gonna try and hopefully it can help me be effective. You know, a lot of people deal with injuries. This is one for a quarterback, obviously on my throwing hand, I don’t love to deal with, but I don’t have a choice.
Brady made half of his throws Friday without a glove and performed well, sources informed Rapoport. Two days prior, Brady was gushing blood after suffering a cut to his right thumb, which required several stitches. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the injury was the result of a collision with running back Rex Burkhead during Wednesday’s practice.
Brady, previously listed as questionable, deflected all injury questions during his presser Friday and wore gloves on both hands while doing so. He might sport only one Sunday.