Former Pittsburgh Steelers star James Harrison said coach Mike Tomlin gave him an envelope after the linebacker’s devastating hit on Cleveland Brown’s broad recipient Mohamed Massaquoi in 2010.
“The best thing Mike Tomlin has ever done was to give me an envelope afterwards,” said Harrison in Barstool’s “Going Deep” podcast. “I’m not going to say what, but he gave me an envelope afterwards.”
Harrison was fined $ 75,000 for the hit – the most he said he was ever fined. Massaquoi suffered a concussion from the head-to-head hit, which was not marked in the game.
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Harrison’s fine was also high as he was considered a repeat offender and a $ 5,000 fine earlier in the season for unnecessary roughness.
The NFL previously looked at coaches who paid players for hits in the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate scandal, where coaches offered rewards to players for throwing opponents out of the game.
The NFL declined to comment and the Steelers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Harrison’s new comments reflect the feelings he expressed after being hit a decade ago.
“It was a legal success,” Harrison told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2010. According to the newspaper, Tomlin agreed.