Confession of a Hitman: Linebacker Lockerroom Lingo

By Eric D.Graham
Updated: July 18, 2011

James Harrison

James Harrison

NORTH CAROLINA, (BASN) People are so sensitive these days.

Everybody wants to be so politically correct.

Damn it, this is football.

This is a violence sport.

And every time you put on those shoulder pads, and step on that field, you risk being hurt, seriously injured, or paralyzed.

This is a dangerous game.

So, the hell with what everybody thinks.

In other words, F***, your feelings.

This is football.

Linebackers and Language

The language of the game reflects the anxiety, the anger, the testosterone-driven blood lust as well as the desire to inflict pain to another man’s body.

By the way, a linebacker is supposed to be a nasty, loud-mouth son-of bitch, who is paid to deliver bone-shattering and spine tingling blows to players on the opposing team.

A linebacker, in other words, is supposed to be the “Billy bad-ass” on the team.

He is supposed to be a little crazy, have a couple of screws loose, and not play with a full-deck.

He was supposed to be feared by other teams, his own teammates, and even the coaching staff to a certain degree.

A linebacker, in fact, is supposed to be a little mentally disturbed, insane, or crazy.

When I say this, picture Lawrence Taylor cursing along the New York Giants sideline, the sinister stare of the Chicago Bears linebacker Mike Singletary, the constant trashing-talking of New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott and the intimating presence of the Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis.

Too be honest, the only reason quarterbacks wear red jerseys in practice, is to prevent linebackers from killing them. But even with those red jerseys on, some linebackers still hit them in practice.

Why? Because a linebacker is a paid assassin, a heat seeking missile, a human torpedo, and a bone collector.

Confession of a Hitman

As a result, true football fans shouldn’t be surprised with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison’s recent controversial comments in Men Journal’s magazine in an article entitled the Confession of a Hitman by Paul Solotaroff.

In the article, Harrison called his teammate Rashard Menhanell ” a fumble machine “and told Steeler (QB) Ben Roethlisberger “to stop trying to be Peyton Manning.”

Big deal.

Locker room Lingo

As a linebacker, if anyone has a problem with Harrison’s comments, they should meet him on the field or in the locker room with or without shoulder pads and address the issue.

If the issue isn’t solved through a face to face meeting, its step up or shut up. Point blank. End of discussion.

And to be honest, if the Steelers don’t have a player like Harrison lighting a flame under his teammates’ asses, they will need one in the trenches when things get tough after the NFL lockout.

This type of locker room lingo outside the locker room may shock some, but it’s the way most football players talk when the reporters are out of the room.

This, however, is where Harrison messed up because he got too comfortable with a reporter, who exploited his brutal honesty in order to paint a picture of another angry Black man in order to sell some magazines.

And everybody knows when a Black athlete expresses himself with the slight sign of anger; everybody gets scared, especially when he has guns across his chest. Who is he going to shoot with those guns? What is he implying? (Check my article The Unexpressed Angry of Black Man in America part I to learn more about the this topic)

As a result, instantly, Harrison, unfairly, has become the new thug and gangster for white America to hate. Forget about, the gangster government administering drone attacks in Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraqi, and Afghanistan. With potential wars with Syria and Iran looming on the horizons.

Sorry, I got sidetracked; let me get back to the subject at hand.

Harsh words

Yes, Harrison comments that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was “a dictator, a puppet, a crook and the devil” were a little over the top and disrespectful but Harrison felt he was disrespected by Goodell when he was giving a $100,000 fine for his vicious hit against the Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and made the face of violence for the league.

Besides, Harrison was speaking from the heart, shooting from the hip, saying what he truly felt without worrying about who was offended.

Shockingly, many players in the league, behind closed doors, actually agreed with Harrison’s harsh words about Goodell according to Men Journal’s contributing editor Paul Solotaroff.

Practice what you preach

But oddly, guest who had a problem with Harrison’s words?

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and former NFL player Rodney Harrison?

Are you kidding me?

Barkley, who has a history of making stupid remarks said he was “very disappointed” with Harrison’s comments. While Rodney Harrison, who was called a “clown” in the Men’s Journal article thought Harrison should “shut up and grow up”. And later, jokingly implied that “maybe the hits to the head is affecting him now” during an interview on the Dan Patrick Show.

Unfortunately, for Barkley and Harrison they both need to practice what the preach, because they were both as obnoxious as Harrison when playing in their respective leagues.

Ignorance is a shame; Not a crime

With all of this controversy surrounding Harrison’s words, NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp said it best that “ignorance is a shame; not a crime,” especially when you consider Roethlisberger alleged rape-cases and even Hines Ward recent DUI arrest.

With that said, it’s time for the NFL lockout to end, and let the players settle the score on the field before James Harrison says something else that “really pisses off the entire league”