James Harrison, Jr. was born on May 4, 1978, in Akron, Ohio. He is dubbed “Deebo” after the scary character in the popular film “Friday” in recognition of his well-known public behaviour.

After the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII, Harrison chose not to attend the White House with the rest of the squad. Harrison claimed that if the Arizona Cardinals had won, Barack Obama would have invited them.

When George W. Bush was president, Harrison had also snubbed the team’s visit after winning Super Bowl XL.


At the age of 39, James played for both the Steelers and the Patriots in his 15th and final NFL season. He had an instant influence on the Patriots’ postseason run, which ended with him winning his fourth AFC Championship in his career.

In what would be his final game, he started for the Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, MN. In April of 2018, two weeks before his 40th birthday, James announced his retirement from the NFL.

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James Harrison. Source: totalsteelers.com

Is James Harrison really the person people say he is?

During his NFL career, James Harrison has been called many things, but a “nice person” is not one of them.

Observers from the outside didn’t refer to Harrison as a “nice guy” during his NFL career, at least. But LaMarr Woodley, a six-year Steelers line-backer who played alongside Harrison in Pittsburgh, thinks Harrison’s image isn’t accurate.

“James looks mean and tough, but he’s one of the nicest guys you’re going to meet,” Woodley told MLive.com.

Woodley was speaking at a fundraiser event for the schools in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, where Harrison spent time chatting to both youngsters and parents.

Although Woodley expressed regret at no longer being Harrison’s teammate, he expressed excitement at the prospect of playing against him now that Harrison is in Cincinnati.

At this point in his career, Harrison’s limits are obvious. He’s not a defender who can play every down. At all costs, he should be kept out of open space and pass coverage.

But, as a smart and wily veteran with a tendency for making big plays in big circumstances, he might be a valuable weapon for the New England defence in the regular-season finale and postseason if he’s handled wisely.

Apart from his career, there are a lot other sides to Harrison.

10 Facts about James Harrison

  1. 1. With his regular social media posts that give fans a glimpse into his intense and unprecedented training sessions and body treatments, James has created a semi-cult following.

His posts are routinely retweeted, broadcasted, and covered by news organizations all around the world.

  • 2. Outside of football, James has a variety of economic interests, including commercial real estate development, which he has been involved with since 2009.

He is the owner and founder of DEEBO, LLC, which manufactures his official ‘DeeboGear’ fitness apparel.

  • 3. He co-owns the ‘OptimumEFX’ supplement brand, which he has utilized throughout his career.
  • 4. James was always interested in pursuing an acting career and began taking acting lessons in 2019. He is presently starring as “Apocalypse” in the upcoming Starz series “Heels” in his first “series-regular” role.
  • 5. As a player, Harrison despised being in front of the camera and opted to confront his stage fright by pursuing a career as a TV football analyst for FOX Sports. James eventually decided to pursue acting and hired an agency and an acting coach.

James piqued Starz’s interest after reading a slew of scripts for the camera. He remarked that the character was a natural match for him.

  • 6. Due to a domestic incident with his girlfriend, Beth Tibbott, Harrison was arrested and charged with simple assault and criminal mischief, in March 2008.
  • 7. Paul Solotaroff wrote a contentious magazine piece titled “James Harrison: Confessions of an NFL Hitman” in Men’s Journal on July 13, 2011.
  • 8. In 2008, he was named the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year after helping the Steelers win Super Bowls XL and XLIII.
  • 9. James has remained committed to keeping his body in great shape even after his football career ended. He attributes his ability to play at such a high level during his NFL career to that commitment.
  1. 10. In addition to his early-morning workouts, “Deebo” sees massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture therapists on a regular basis. He also follows a stringent diet.

His efforts have been well worth it, considering what he’s been able to accomplish over the years.

Read More: How James Harrison became an intimidating on-field presence


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