James Harrison on fines, player safety

February, 1, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison made some serious comments and also joked about his controversial situation this season involving fines, big hits and player safety.

During Super Bowl media day, Harrison felt his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wasn't productive and questioned if the league really cared about protecting its players. Harrison also made light of some of his big hits this season.

"I just want to tackle them softly on the ground," Harrison said about the Green Bay Packers, prompting laughter in the media. "If you can, can you lay a pillow down where I'm going to tackle them so they don't hit the ground too hard?"

Harrison briefly considered retirement but said he made the right decision to return to the Steelers, who earned the AFC's No. 2 seed and advanced to their second Super Bowl in three seasons. Policing big hits should be a major topic of discussion in the offseason throughout the NFL.

"I don't think they need to do anything to provide clarity," Harrison explained. "I just think they need to do it [fine players] evenly across the board. That’s all."

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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