Steelers` James Harrison Passes On White House

Submitted by: SonicSophie 8 years ago in

Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker James Harrison has the most refreshing attitude on the White House"s empty gesture.
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Male 99
He makes no sence at all. YES he is being invited BECAUSE he won. Why would they invite the team that came in third? Take advantage of a once in a lifetime oportunity and go to the White House.....moron.
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Male 330
ahahaha, Eldavo, i would love to see the game you watched...
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Male 29
Eff everyone who disagrees with Harrison`s decision. I`m from Pittsburgh and I support him only because he`s right. Obama invited the Red Socks or whoever before and they didn`t win anything. The only reason he wants to see them is because he won. Well screw Obama.

And ElDavo: don`t be a poor loser.

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Female 1,496
I would have better things to do...like SPEND MY MONEY!!!
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Male 5,189
I`d go just for the hell of it.
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Male 3,819
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Male 2,076
The government shouldn`t be involved with sports. Maybe local politics building stadiums, or the federal government allotting special funds for sport encouragement but not using the high place to meet and mingle with sport celebrities. It`s not their job.
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Male 2,148
It`s really because, in true Steelers fashion, he didn`t earn a Superbowl win therefore he didn`t earn a trip to the White House. Yes, even now I`m insisting that the Steelers were handed the Lombardi trophy when the Cardinals really won that game.
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Male 337
wtg james harrison on refusing what is an empty gesture from a government that has better things to do than this.
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Male 4,290
HarryBalszak - you`re the only one making this about race. Apparently he refused to go in 2005 as well, when Bush was in power, so it`s clearly nothing to do with race, or indeed political affiliation.
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Male 3,755
*Sneaks a nod of agreement at HarryBalszak, then looks away quickly.
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Male 3,296
yeah dude, without Football programs there wouldnt be womens lacrosse, but it doesnt take the fact that he is fudgen stupid. wtf is his problem. Its like an honor to go to the white house. they dont have to I am a pretty pretty little girling invite you.
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Male 381
um, thats exactly why you`re invited. cuz u earned it by doing something awesome. think it through there, genius.
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Male 1,590
If he were white, they`d be calling him racist.
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Male 3,755
"Put some back into the art program! My school`s always running out of supplies and funding, while the sports teams are rolling in cash."

emzrok, if you can get people to pay to watch you draw a picture, then you`d have all the money you need.

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Male 3,755
"so why is it athletes can get a full college college scholarship and those that excede academically get nothing or next to nothing?"

McGovern: First of all, football brings in enough for most big schools to cover everything. Second, a good sports program creates pride in a school and increases donations. Even from people that never went there.

Schools aren`t losing money giving out money for sports scholarships and wouldn`t give out more academic scholarships if they didn`t have an athletics program. They`d just have less money overall.

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Male 168
So then, I guess he`ll be returning his Superbowl ring, too since they only gave it to him because they won the championship. What a dummo!
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Male 3,819
I was astonished when I first heard about this. I thought of him as a moron.

But fancy has a really good take on all of this.

BUT I`m not sure if that`s the sort of reason Harrison had in mind behind all of this.

It doesn`t help that this guy is my hero.

I`m stumped. It`s his choice, I guess.

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Male 2,199
the reason school sports teams get money is because the schools make money off of the games. The better the team, the better the crowd, then the more tickets, food, and other stuff sold...
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Male 14,331
@JJXanadu

Ummm.....so why is it athletes can get a full college college scholarship and those that excede academically get nothing or next to nothing?

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Male 20,830
McGovern1981: It starts with the government.
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Male 4,593
Yes JJXanadu, it`s Bush`s fault. Not quite finished using him as your scapegoat for everything bad yet?
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Female 16
This isn`t refreshing. This is lame. He comes off like a stereotypical overpaid and egocentric professional athlete.
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Male 516
"Or ya knnow redesign our school systems to prioritize education over sports."

Yeah, Bush did that... it`s called No Child Left Behind, and now we`re left with a bunch of fat lazy kids because schools` funding goes into education and not other things like sports, arts, etc.

And the kicker is, we`re not any smarter, in general, than we were before... just fatter.

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Female 1,306
Schools put way too much funding into sports. They`re not that important. Get gear and leave it at that, you don`t need a million unecessary items to play baseball. Put some back into the art program! My school`s always running out of supplies and funding, while the sports teams are rolling in cash.
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Male 4,593
I agree with him 100%. Although I`d probably still go if invited, that way I`d have a chance to steal some White House silverware or something... besides, it`s a free meal.
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Male 14,331
VV Or ya knnow redesign our school systems to prioritize education over sports.
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Male 20,830
I don`t know, this is kind of a refreshing take on sports. I love sports as much as the next person, but christ, it`s just sports--a game--a bunch of huge overpaid guys running into each other. They`re not curing cancer. It`s all a photo op.

How about inviting teachers from schools that tested above expectations? Makes sense to me.

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Male 2,172
I`m with you James Harrison. The white house should invite anyone who`s not a winner.

=D

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Female 650
Somebody`s a little full of themselves..
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Male 4,290
He seems like a bit of a dick to me.

"I`m not going because it`s not an invitation to the Steelers, it`s an invitation to whoever wins!"

Boo hoo.

It`s a pretty big honour considering that professional sport is essentially just entertainment for the masses, and any given result makes no lasting impact on society or culture. Get over yourself, and be humble enough to accept the honour.

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Male 78
Wrong Ozzfan. He refused to visit in 2005 as well.
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Male 516
"Why is a football team being invited to the White House anyway?"

Every championship team goes to the White House. UNC basketball and the Phillies were just there recently.

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Female 4,039
Why is a football team being invited to the White House anyway?
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Male 15,832
Somehow, I doubt that he`ll be invited again.
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Male 17
Part of his reason as well was that he went back in 2005 when the Steelers won then so hes already been to the white house
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Male 3,369
Would they have been invited if they hadnt won?
Doubtfull!

I think he`s quite right! I doubt he got into the sport for the sole purpose of going to the Whitehouse anyway. On top of that I dont think he has to justify his reason either!

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Male 734
If Obama asked if I`d like to meet him I`d probably pass too.
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Male 740
what a diva.
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Female 354
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