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James Harrison    

James Harrison was born May 4, 1978, in Akron, Ohio and is a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

James Harrison is a no-nonsense man whose powerful will was born out of necessity back in Akron, Ohio where he was repeatedly forced to overcome obstacles that in some respects makes his swerving Super Bowl sprint pale in comparison.

His riveting story about overcoming the underpinnings of poverty, issues with the law that almost ruined him before he emerged from high school, a two-year-fight to gain college eligibility and finally never giving up despite being cut four times by NFL teams before he earned a job as a special team player. He used that opportunity and a relentless work ethic to become the game’s most dominant player, a two-time Pro Bowler and the reigning Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Never Give In, Never Give Up, will not only document through his eyes for the first time his remarkable effort in the 2009 Super Bowl and other exploits on the field that helped him earn the largest contract ever issued to a linebacker, but it will transcend sports with the gripping story of how he overcame daunting odds to get there.

He will tell the humorous story of his record setting Super Bowl run, discuss candidly his views on racism and many of his highly publicized failings in life. He’ll once and for all discuss his reasoning for refusing to join his teammates in a visit to the White House with President Obama, he’ll lay out how he thinks the NFL can come to a new agreement on a collective bargaining agreement with players, and a wide assortment of other insights into the life and times of James Harrison.

Sometimes it’s good. Sometimes it’s bad. In James Harrison’s life, there is no in between to this hard edge that frames his psyche. What’s certain is that his lifetime of tremendous highs and lows offers an inspirational story filled with extreme adversity and the hard work it took to achieve overwhelming redemption.

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