Damon Harrison: I’m Not a Leader

New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison strikes a rather imposing figure at 6-3, 341 pounds.

An affable sort who can be entertaining and philosophical, while unafraid to speak his mind in a sometimes booming voice, Harrison’s very demeanor screams leader, so it would only be natural that his name might be one of those announced as 2017 co-captain, right?

Well, not exactly.

While most young players like safety Landon Collins aspire to be a team leader, Harrison He doesn’t want to be one.

If you think he’s just kidding, he said that if his name turns up as one of the guys voted on by his teammates to be a 2017 captain, he would decline the opportunity.

“I’m not one of the leaders, man. I’m just one of the guys,” he explained.  “I just want to be that behind-the-scenes guy. We have some really good leaders in this locker room and it’s not fair to them.”

How so?

“We’ve got some guys who have been here a long time— [Jonathan Casillas], who’s been in the league a long time, and who has earned that right; [Jason Pierre-Paul]…[Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] is another guy who would do a better job than myself. So, I don’t know where y’all get the idea I’m a leader.”

When told that it was because guys gravitate toward him and try to emulate how he goes about his business, and that he is widely admired and respected for how he carries himself both on and off the field an air of professionalism that screams leader, Harrison reluctantly said, “If you put it like that, I would say yeah.

“I call myself the Broadway bully. I bully bullies. I don’t bully other people, the smaller guys. I help everyone else out,” he added.

So does that mean he’d change his mind if he is elected a co-captain?

“I’m not a leader man; I’m not a captain,” he said, adding that people would find out soon enough who the team voted as its 2017 season long captains.

Well, at least we know one person it won’t be.