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PITTSBURGH, Pa. Spencer Ware Jersey . - The game ball sat innocently in the gold-painted locker, an oblong tribute to a career revival no one saw coming.Not even James Harrison.Two months ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker was retired, weary from more than a decade as one of the NFLs most intimidating players.Now the 36-year-olds unlikely renaissance has his suddenly streaking team poised to make a run.From the couch to a fixture in the Baltimore Ravens backfield in all of eight weeks. Hardly the play of a guy whos lost a step, even if the five-time Pro Bowler is trying to downplay his re-emergence as the teeth of a pass rush that has rediscovered its inner snarling self.As old and slow as I am, (God) is driving the bus, Harrison said.Whoever is at the controls, the results feel awfully familiar. A half-decade removed from his prime in his first go-round in Pittsburgh, Harrison is back to doing James Harrison-type things as coach Mike Tomlin put it.Namely, creating havoc.A year after a quiet season in Cincinnati that seemed anticlimactic and sort of odd, Harrison is validating his decision to come back for a final go-round with the Steelers one foray across the line of scrimmage at a time.He has four sacks in his past two games, including a pair in a surprisingly easy 43-23 victory over the Ravens on Sunday night that pushed the Steelers to 6-3 heading into a trip to New York to face the struggling Jets.The player who served as a largely ineffective pass-rushing specialist with the Bengals in 2013 has multiple sacks in consecutive games for the first time since 2009, when he was one of the most dominant defensive presences in the league.Thats a lifetime ago by NFL standards, though Pittsburgh cornerback William Gay dismisses the notion that the expiration date on Harrisons effectiveness has long since passed.Thats crazy how we use the words old man, Gay said. (Harrison) is not old. Hes the strongest person in the league. Ill put any type of money on that.The proof is in Harrisons busy Twitter and Instagram accounts. Hours after beating the Ravens, Harrison was posting video of himself lifting the equivalent of a small pickup truck.On Tuesday, he did push-ups with 303-pound Steelers centre Maurkice Pouncey lounging on his back.Its that diligent commitment to his body that has enabled Harrison to say yes when the Steelers called him in mid-September after linebackers Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier went down with injuries.Though Harrison had announced his retirement two weeks earlier during a brief ceremony at the team headquarters, he couldnt resist when his phone started ringing with old friends asking if he wanted to get the gang back together for one last run.Harrison insists he did nothing football specific during the nine months he was away from the game.I hadnt really planned on playing again, he said. Everything I did was just working out and staying in shape because I like to work out, thats about it.The first few weeks were unkind. Though he wont get specific, Harrison allows hed put on weight during his extended off-season. He looked like a player whose best days were in the rearview mirror as the Steelers eased him back into the lineup.He was a nonfactor for a month, his No. 92 largely invisible as Pittsburghs defence struggled to generate any of the chaos that has long been its trademark.There was no panic. Instead Harrison quietly went about his business, working his way back into football shape and mentoring younger teammates such as Arthur Moats. Harrison remained confident if the Steelers could find a way to play from ahead, the menace would return.The first glimmer came against the Colts. Up 25 points in the second quarter, defensive co-ordinator Dick LeBeau started to get exotic with his blitz packages. The results were two Harrison sacks of Indianapolis Andrew Luck.I felt like we were meshing a little better, Harrison said. We got a lead and when youve got a lead youve got the opportunity to pin your ears back and take off.At the moment, Harrison is soaring. He put together perhaps his finest game this decade against the Ravens. He sacked the Ravens Joe Flacco in the first quarter to cut short a Baltimore drive.He was chasing down Flacco in the second quarter, forcing Flacco into an inexplicable throw to nowhere that Jason Worilds picked off and returned 30 yards to set up the second of Ben Roethlisbergers six touchdown passes.While he left briefly with a sprained MCL in his right knee, Harrison returned to another sack in the third quarter, grabbing Flacco by the ankle to force the Ravens to punt with the game still in doubt. Though Flacco said he cant tell who it is out there, his coach certainly noticed.I thought 92 looked really good, John Harbaugh said.So did the rest of the Pittsburgh defence. Its not a coincidence, even as Harrison stresses plenty of work remains. And no matter how the next seven games go, this is his final go-round.Obviously everything happens for a reason, he said. I guess this is the road I was supposed to take.___Online: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Justin Houston Womens Jersey . JOHNS, N. Len Dawson Chiefs Jersey . -- Mike Shanahan gave Robert Griffin III a rest, and may have turned up the pressure on himself, too.Veteran winger Brad Boyes will be joining the Florida Panthers training camp on a professional tryout contract. The 31-year-old Boyes is coming out of a one-year deal with the New York Islanders, where he scored 10 goals and 25 assists through 48 games last season. The Panthers also offered unrestricted free agent goaltender Tim Thomas a professional tryout contract. Thomas agent, Markus Lehto, told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com that his client still hasnt made any decisions but wants to be a number one goalie and not a backup. A decision by Thomas is expected soon. Thomas, 39, signed a multi-year contract extension with the Boston Bruins on April 3, 2009, then decided to put his career on hold following the 2011-12 season. His rights were traded to the New York Islanders last season, and he became a free agent after the 2013 season. TSNs Aaron Wardd also tweeted that former Philadelphia Flyer and Phoenix Coyote Ilya Bryzgalovs name has been discussed by the Panthers. Derrick Thomas Youth Jersey. A native of Mississauga, Ont, Boyes was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (24th overall) in 2000. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks three years later, along with Alyn McCauley and a first-round selection, for Owen Nolan. The following season he was sent to the Boston Bruins, where he spent three seasons before getting traded to the Blues in 2007. He played over four years with the Blues before inking with the New York Islanders as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2012. Boyes has played 606 career NHL games, scoring 168 goals and adding 239 assists. He had a career-high season with the Blues in 2007-08 when he notched 43 goals. He followed it up with a career-best 72 points the following season. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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