The Pittsburgh Steelers recorded 8 sacks Sunday in their win over the Cleveland Browns and veteran linebacker James Harrison had one of them. Harrison’s sack of Browns quarterback Cody Kessler with 9:39 left in the third quarter now means he’s the new franchise leader in that statistical category.
Harrison’s sack came in the same city and against the same team that he registered his first career sack against back in 2004. On this quarterback takedown he beat Browns guard Spencer Drango.
After the game was over, Harrison admitted he was emotional in the locker room after breaking the sack record and that he was thinking about his dad and how he wasn’t able to see it being as he has passed, according to Missi Matthews of steelers.com.
James Harrison admitted he was emotional in the locker room after breaking the sack record thinking about his dad & how he wasn't there.
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) November 20, 2016
Head coach Mike Tomlin also had this to say about Harrison after the game was over.
“Tip of the cap to old James Harrison, the Steelers all-time leading sack man. Happy for him, proud of him,” Tomlin said. “The guys got a little emotional in there today because they just got so much respect for him and how he goes about his business.”
Harrison’s 77.5th career sack with the Steelers now puts him a half a sack ahead of former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon for the most sacks in team history.
The very FIRST sack of James Harrison’s career!
— NFL (@NFL) November 20, 2016