As with some of the other Steelers greats that have come and gone I can usually point to one moment or one play that defined their time in Pittsburgh. With Jerome Bettis it was his last 100 yard rushing game in a Steelers uniform in a must win game in 2005 versus the Bears. In that game he also made the Monsters of the Midway seem irrelevant as he trucked over Brian Urlacher. With Joey Porter it is another moment from that season, the playoff game versus Indianapolis where he recorded back to back sacks on Peyton Manning and then yelled "CHEAT THAT" late in the 4th quarter.
With James, or Dee-Bo, or Silverback, it was that play in the Super Bowl. Just before halftime the Cardinals and Kurt Warner were about to score when suddenly the ball fell into the hands of 92. Steelers DB's asked him to give the ball up because they thought he didn't have the speed to make it the whole way, but as Harrison left the Cardinals redzone he refused to give the ball up. Eluding the Cardinals offensive players as he raced down the sidelines for what seemed like an eternity he finally was tackled by Larry Fitzgeralnd, but Dee-Bo had already reached the endzone and put points on the board for the Steelers. That play defined his career and showed that, one, nothing would stop Harrison once he had his eyes on something, two, he had a motor that was absolutely non stop, and three, a Neal Coolong said, James wasn't great because he was talented, he was great because he wasn't, and refused on that play and many others, to not let his lack of talent hold him back from being one of the greatest outside linebackers to ever play in the NFL.
The second play I'll always remember Harrison for is the play where he body slammed the Browns fan. If there is one thing that that non-football encounter shows, it's that you don't mess with 92.
I will miss Harrison dearly, as I miss much of the old Steelers like Bettis, Porter, Ward, and my personal childhood favorite, Kordell Stewart. But, I know that right now this is what is best for the Steelers. I wish Harrison the best, and I hope that his next team will enjoy him and love him just as much as Steeler Nation did. But, they should know, that Dee-Bo, number 92, silverback, James Harrison will always and forever be A PITTSBURGH STEELER.