Current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker James Harrison had the honor of playing under the legendary Dick LeBau during the majority of his NFL career. The current Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator is among the most influential defensive minds in the history of football, and his complex blitz-schemes allowed Harrison to thrive as an undersized pass-rusher while in Pittsburgh after he went underrated out of college.
He helped lead the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, as well as wining the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. But he know LeBeau deserves the credit for helping him become the player he is today, and in an interview with ESPN, he got emotional talking about his former mentor:
Harrison would love nothing more than to make a big impact in tonight’s game, and show the Steelers they made a crucial error in releasing him this offseason, but he’ll undoubtedly want to play well to honor his former coach who helped make his career a long and successful one.
Who knows? Maybe one day he’ll have a bust in Canton next to LeBeau.