Harrison overcomes off-the-field issues to shine on the field

Updated: January 30, 2009, 11:41 AM ET
By Harold Abend | Special to ESPNRISE.com

It easily could have gone much differently for James Harrison.

That's not to say Harrison's road to stardom with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Super Bowl XLIII -- including being named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year this season -- has not been paved with many obstacles, some by his own doing.

It began in Akron, Ohio, for the youngest of 14 children of James and Mildred Harrison, strict parents who put limitations on what kinds of activities he could do in his early ...

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