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James Henry Harrison Jr., also known under his nickname “Deebo”, is an American Football linebacker born on 4th May 1978 in Akron, Ohio, USA. He plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League(NFL), a team he HAS helped win two Super Bowl rings in Super Bowl XL (2006) and Super Bowl XLIII (2009).
Have you ever wondered how rich James Harrison is? According to sources it has been estimated that James Harrison’s overall net worth is $12 million, earned through a highly successful professional career, which he started in 2002. He is a multiple awarded sportsman, a fact that only added to his net worth throughout the years. Since he is still an active player, his net worth continues to grow.
James Harrison Net Worth $12 Million
James was born the youngest of 14 children in the family. He first played Little League baseball for Sloan Little League’s Green Team, and was selected to the All-Star team in 1991. While growing up, Harrison lived only 40 miles away from the Cleveland Browns, his favorite NFL team. When he started to play football, he had brilliant results both as a linebacker and running back, however, while attending Archbishop Hoban High School and then Coventry High School, James also took part in track and field – shot put, discus throw and high jump. He matriculated in 1998 and was at the time one of the first African-Americans to play football at Coventry. On the other hand, Harrison didn’t pay much attention to his grades, and was prone to problematic behavior, which eventually led to vandal acts in school, and consequently scholarship offers rebuff from several universities. James enrolled at Kent State University and was a walk-on for the university Golden Flashes football team. He was left undrafted in the 2002 NFL Draft due to his height and weight, but the Steelers signed him as an undrafted rookie the same year, making him the first former Kent State student to play at linebacker for the team since Jack Lambert. However, his start turned out to be very difficult, as he spent two years in and out of the practice squad only, being released three times and playing only in special teams. Still, his net worth was established.
In late 2003, James was signed by Baltimore Ravens, and then sent to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, eventually being cut by the Ravens, at which point Harrison considered quitting. However, shortly after he was signed by the Steelers for the fourth time; he showed a big improvement in his game, and remained with the team. In the 2005/2006 season, James helped Steelers win Super Bowl XL, and when the team suddenly cut Joey Porter in the 2007 offseason, Harrison was appointed the starter, which eventually led to his breakout season and his first trip to the Pro Bowl. In November the same year, he had a breakthrough game against the Baltimore Ravens, as it was thanks to his outstanding play that the Steelers convincingly won 38-7; Harrison was subsequently voted team MVP of the season, and his net worth was assured.
When it comes to his other achievements, James was also named the AP, AFC and PFWA Defensive Player of the Year (2008), two times Super Bowl champion with the Steelers, and named five times to the Pro Bowl (2007-2011).
In March 2013, Harrison was released by the Steelers as they couldn’t agree on a pay cut, and signed with the Cincinnati Bengals a month later, with whom he stayed for a year. James announced his retirement in August 2014, officially retiring as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers in September the same year. However, only a few days later, he officially signed with the Steelers once again, extending his contract with the team for two years in March 2015, and after a successful 2015-16 season, he confirmed his intent for the 2016-17 season in February 2016.
When it comes to his private life, James has two sons with his partner Beth Tibbott.