James Harrison spends up to $600,000 a year on massages

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.

(Photo credit: The Cincinnati Enquirer/Joseph Fuqua II)

[h/t PFT]

Zack Kelberman
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  • Chuck Schick

    Happy Endings don’t come cheap.

  • DC

    What? I think massage is code for something else, if you know what I mean. $600,000
    per year equates to over $1600 per day, at $100 per massage that would be 16 massages PER DAY!!!! Who does that? Nobody that’s who!

    • Chuck Schick

      You must have missed this: ” I have massages and I bring people in from New York, Arizona to where I’m at. There’s that cost.”

    • ryan

      Duh read the fucking paragraph dumbass. He said he flies them in from NY and AZ. Why don’t you try reading the article before you go criticizing eh ?

  • justamom

    If he spent this amount on quack medical “sports” doctors with their stupid surgeries and drugs, no one would question that amount. He obviously wants to work with his body rather than against it.

  • Has he ever tried Ashiatsu? He should give it a try when he is in Arizona. Or maybe some stretch therapy?! I have a legit business with body work and have worked on professional athletes for many years. Come on in, James!

  • Bucc

    This brings me back to Mike Tomlin who complained about the $25,000 fine imposed on Harrison who has two kids and a nasty track record of hurting other childrens fathers. Mr. Tomlin made himself look foolish by making that statement and now Mr. Harrison is making it worse (albeit unintentionally). I’m sure Mr. Tomlin also failed to do the math on the percentage of salary his fans pay just to see the Steelers play and compare that to the fine that Mr. Harrison was assessed with. For comparison sake; Mr. Harrison impacted salary was similar to what it takes for his average fan to take his wife and 1 child to see the steelers play one (1) game, minus food. Nobody likes to be fined but there is a very good reason for doing so. players retire and many of them are in pain all of their lives and many have a very poor health afterward. If the NFL can preserve the game and protect the players, we all win.

  • Jip

    He makes 1.83 million a year. So heck, that’s a lot to spend on massages.

  • TazAlago

    Does Anybody Care?

  • EnnisFor
  • Kat Woman

    I’m jealous.

  • Lunkhead

    Anybody lending this guy money should have their heads examined. He’s going to be bankrupt within two years of leaving the NFL.