NFL NEWS AT YOUWAGER: THE HIGH COST OF COMPETING IN THE NFL

“My body is what helps me to make money. Whatever there is that I need to do to try and make myself better or get myself healthy, I’m going to do it. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that I spend anywhere between $400,000 and $600,000 on body work, as far as taking care of my body, year-in and year-out.”

-James Harrison, linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals

James Harrison’s body of work

When it comes to being the best he can be, James Harrison spares no expense. The new linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals told a YouWager news source recently that he spends around half a million on his physique.

As many serious sportsbook bettors may remember, Harrison eventually came to the NFL after playing for Kent State University. As a starter in his junior year, Harrison led the team in total tackles with 106. He also made an interception and recovered 3 fumbles. In the 2001 college football wagering season, he made 98 tackles and 15 sacks.

But Harrison was not drafted in the 2002 NFL Draft. Many clubs were afraid that Harrison was not tall enough or big enough. He spent two years on –and off- the practice squad for the Pittsburgh Steelers. James Farrior, a teammate, told YouWager’s source that Harrison’s earliest efforts as a linebacker were not always well received. Farrior said, “He was a knucklehead that didn’t know the plays. We’d be in practice, in training camp, and he might not know what he was doing so he’d just stop and throw his hands up and tell (the coaches) to get him out of there. We thought the guy was crazy.”

At some point, Harrison clearly got serious about his career. A 5-time Pro Bowler, Harrison picked up two Super Bowl rings playing with the Steelers, for his role in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII.

So, how, exactly does an NFL linebacker spend $600,000 on his body?

Harrison told YouWager’s source, “As far as training, I have a hyperbaric chamber. I rent a hyperbaric chamber when I’m in Arizona. I have massages, and I bring people in from New York, Arizona to where I’m at. There’s that cost. Like I said, I get body work almost every single day except Saturday and Sunday. I have a homeopathic doctor, and I do a lot of homeopathic things. It’s just a lot — supplements, so on and so forth. I’ve got a masseuse, got an acupuncturist, got a trainer, got another masseuse and another masseuse and a homeopathic doctor. I think that’s it.”

Harrison struggled in his early days. He was signed by Baltimore at the end of 2003, then he was sent to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, but he was eventually cut from the team. After he was cut for the fourth time, Harrison was ready to quit the NFL. Then he was signed by the Steelers for the fourth time. When Clark Haggans was injured during the offseason, Harrison demonstrated much improvement and finally made the team’s roster. He played for the team through the 2012 NFL football betting season. Harrison told YouWager’s source that he originally planned to retire at the age of 26 to become a veterinarian. Another back up plan is being a truck driver, like his father. Harrison even has a commercial drivers license.

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