Steelers Star Passes on Obama Visit

Invite us when we don't win, says Harrison, who declined in '06, too
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2009 4:06 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison tackling Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Linebacker James Harrison, the NFL defensive player of the year and a key cog in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl victory this year, won’t accompany his team to the White House this week, WTAE-TV reports. Harrison also turned down the honor when Pittsburgh won in 2006. “If you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Harrison said, “invite us when we don’t win the Super Bowl.”

“This is how I feel,” Harrison continued about the Obama invite. “As far as I’m concerned, he would’ve invited Arizona if they had won.” Harrison also doesn’t see what all the fuss is about, ESPN adds. “I don’t feel the need to actually go,” he said. “I don’t feel like it’s that big a deal to me.”