Harrison to Bettis: 'I'm not going to change'

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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Even though he received a one-game suspension, Steelers linebacker James Harrison said he won't change the way he plays. That's exactly what Harrison told former Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis, who relayed those sentiments on ESPN's NFL Live this week.

"He told me he can't," Bettis said. "He tried to do it one time before and there was a problem with it. He felt very uncomfortable. He felt if he continued to do that, he would get himself hurt because he would not be [playing] 100 percent."

Harrison was suspended for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. This is the latest discipline he's received from the NFL. In addition to four fines for illegal hits against quarterbacks in 2009 and 2010, Harrison also was fined twice for unnecessary roughness during that period. Harrison totaled six fines in that two-year period.

When asked if Harrison will likely get in trouble again, Bettis replied, "Absolutely."

Bettis added, “James said that he’s concerned this will happen again and then there will be a larger suspension. But he said to me, ‘I’m not going to worry about it. I’m going to go out and play my game. If they suspend me they suspend me, but I’m not going to change the way I play football.’”

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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