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Hines-Harrison feud heating up

Posted by Albert Breer  December 4, 2009 11:28 AM

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Rodney Harrison promised to lay the lumber when he joined NBC. And man has he delivered.

There's been wars of words with Kerry Rhodes (though a lot of that was contrived by "fake" Rodney on Twitter) and Terrell Owens. There's been harsh criticism of his former coach, Bill Belichick.

Now this. Thanks to Pro Football Talk, we've got the rundown on Ward and Harrison taking verbal jabs. It all started when Ward, on NBC's air, no less, questioned Ben Roethlisberger sitting out on Sunday against the Ravens. Harrison said he'd never say such a thing about his quarterback, and off ... we ... went.

"[Harrison] stirred up the whole thing with me throwing [Roethlisberger] under the bus," Ward told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It really wasn't that at all. ... But Rodney Harrison, ex-Patriot, goes out and goes crazy and, 'Well, he threw Ben under the bus.'"

Harrison responded on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, saying: ""I love Hines Ward. I think he's one of the toughest guys I've ever played with. ... [But] I would never question my quarterback, especially after winning two Super Bowls."

Gotta say, I'm always skeptical about ex-athletes and their ability to criticize their former peers until I actually see it. No question, whether you agree with him or not on his takes, Rodney's delivered big-time, and deserves credit for that.

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