Most professional athletes like to spend their fortune on luxury houses, extravagant cars, and the finest — often tailor-made — clothing.
James Harrison is a different breed.
In his introductory press conference as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals Tuesday, the veteran linebacker revealed that he spends between $400,000-$600,000 per year “on body work.”
Basically, that’s a fancy way of saying “massages,” and his over-indulgence has led to an interesting nickname.
“I’ve always been what everybody’d like to call — excuse my English — is massage whore,” Harrison said, via Bengals.com. “I can’t think of nothing else. They done called me it so long I’m starting to believe it.”
The 35-year-old Harrison knows he’s no young pup, so self-preservation is of the utmost importance.
“I have a hyperbaric chamber,” Harrison said. “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.”
While many, including the Steelers (who released him after nine seasons), believe he’s broken down physically, Harrison begs to differ.
“I probably haven’t felt this good since, I don’t know, 2008, the beginning of 2009.”
That’d be pretty good, since Harrison earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2008. As long as he can contribute on the field, Cincy should have no issue with his methods.