Former NFL Player James Harrison: Bio, Wife & Net Worth

Born James Jenry Harrison Jr, James Harrison is one of the well-known names in football.

He started his collegiate career with Kent State University and later played for Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Raven, Rhein Fire, Cincinnati Bengals, and New England Patriots.

Currently, James serves as an analyst on Fox Sports1. He is also a five-time Pro Bowl Selected person and winner of the two Super Bowls with the Steelers XL and XLIII.

In his entire career, he won several awards in football and was even inducted into the Kent State’s Varsity “K” Hall of the Fame in the year 2010. 

James Harrison
James Harrison

By reading above, it is pretty sure you want to know much more about him.

Let’s find out about his career succession, awards & recognition, personal life, salary, net worth, and other essential aspects of life.

Quick Facts

Full NameJames Henry Harrison Jr.
Birth DateMay 4, 1978
Birth PlaceAkron, Ohio
Age44 Years Old
NicknameMr. Monday Night, Silverback 
EducationKent State University
Father’s NameJames Harrison Sr. 
Mother’s NameMildred Harrison
Height6 feet (183 cm) 
Weight110 kgs (242 lbs)
Shoe Size14
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
TeamPittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots
MarriedPartner Beth Tibbott
Past LoversN/A
ChildrenHenry & James
ProfessionProfessional Football Athlete
Career Highlights and AwardsSuper Bowl Champion (XL, XLIII)

Pro Bowl (2007-2011)

First-team All-Pro (2007-2010)

Second Team All-Pro (2007, 2009)

NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2008)

Net Worth$12 million
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter
Merch Football Card, Autographed Items, Jersey
Last UpdateOctober, 2022

James Harrison | Early Life, Family, and Education

The former NFL player was born on May 4, 1978, in Akron, Ohio, the United States. He is of American nationality and belongs to the Afro-American ethnicity.

The athlete is the son of James Harrison Sr. and Mildred Harrison. Since his childhood, Harrison has had a keen interest in sports, especially football.

Besides that, young James also took part in the track & field. However, initially, his mother did not want to be him a footballer.

As for his education, James went to two high schools, Archbishop Hoban High School and Coventry High School.

From the beginning of his school career, he excelled as a linebacker and running back.

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James Harrison | Collegiate Career

After finishing his high school career, James went to Kent State University, where he played for the Kent State Golden Flashes Football team.

In 1999, the American-born became a starter for the last three games and led his team with 106 total tackles and 13 tackles. However, the game ended in a loss.

Throughout his collegiate career, the footballer played outstandingly.

In a game against Miami University, James accomplished 12 tackles and five sacks. Furthermore, he recorded 98 tackles and 20 tackles in a loss with 15 sacks.

Following his graduation from Kent State, he declared his intention to enter the 2002 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, the player went undrafted. 

James Harrison | NFL Career

Rookie Season

In the beginning, no teams signed as James was short for the football game. He was just six feet tall as well as too light.

However, some teams still send him an invitation to the training camp. Later the Pittsburgh Steelers signed him, and he spent two years on the practice squad there.

Later in 2003, the Baltimore Ravens signed Harrison and sent him to the Rhein Fire, the European-based football team.

Second stint with the Steelers (2004)

In 2004, Steelers James again, a total of four times. So, Harrison remained with the Steelers from 2004 to 2012.

During the 2004 season, most often, he played as a linebacker. James made his debut against the Cleveland Browns with a victory of 24-10.

He achieved his career’s first touchdowns last season against the Buffalo Bills.

2005 – 2006

During 2005 and 2006, James started in three games as a linebacker and played remarkably well against the San Diego Chargers.

Similarly, Harrison became popular after his performance against the Cleveland Browns, which ended with a 41-0. 

2007 – 2010

On November 5, 2007, the Ohio native played against the Baltimore Ravens. He played outstandingly well and had nine tackles, 3.5 sacks, and nine fumbles.

That same year on November 26, Monday Night Football’s commentator called him the “Mr. Monday Night” due to his brilliant performance that night.

Likewise, in 2008, he had good statistics against the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens.

He was also honored with AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2008). He was the first undrafted player to bag the award.

In 2009, he agreed to the six years of $51.75 million extension contract with the Steelers. Due to his excellent performance again, he won AFC defensive player of the year.

The year 2010 was satisfactory for him. He had 100 tackles in total, 70 solo tackles: 10.5 sacks, two interceptions, and six forced fumbles.

2011 – 2012

In the year 2011, he had 59 tackles and nine sacks in a total of 11 games. Furthermore, he had six sacks and 70 tackles in 2012.

Cincinnati Bengals

Harrison agreed on a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on April 13, 2013. However, he just stayed 11 months with the team and got released on March 13, 2014.

Again with the Steelers

After releasing from Cincinnati Bengals, James retired as a member of the Steelers. However, he returned and again agreed on a two-year extension contract with the Steelers for $2.65 million and a $500k signing bonus.

Due to Harrison’s good performance, the Steelers made him sign a new contract with a two-year extension. However, Harrison was unable to play for long as they released him on December 23, 2017.

Playing for New England Patriots and Retirement

Three days after his release, Harrison signed one year contract with the New England Patriots. He did not stay long with the Patriots either.

James Harrison retirement
James Harrison retirement

Similarly, Harrison retired on April 26, 2018, via his Instagram account.

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James Harrison | Awards and Accomplishments

This talented player of the NFL set not only outstanding records but also won several awards and accomplishments throughout his professional career.

Here are the lists of awards which he won throughout his career:

  • Super Bowl Champion (XL, XLIII)
  • Pro Bowl (2007-2011)
  • First-team All-Pro (2007-2010)
  • Second Team All-Pro (2007, 2009)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2008)

James Harrison’s | Personal Life, Wife, and Kids 

Talking about the personal life of James Harrison, he is not a married man. Currently, he is in a relationship with Beth Tibbott.

The pair has two children named James Harrison III (2007) and Henry (2009).

Similarly, the couple has been dating each other for a while now. They haven’t talked about when they are going to have their wedding.

James Harrison's girlfriend Beth Tibbott
James Harrison with his girlfriend, Beth Tibbott

For those unaware, Harrison’s partner Beth Tibbott is a successful lawyer. She started her law career in 2003 and is currently involved with the strategic management of criminal defense.

She is Summa Cum Laude from Mount Aloysius College and received her Juris Doctorate in 2007.

James Harrison | Controversy and Other Incidents

The NFL linebacker has been a part of the controversy alongside his fruitful career.

He was caught in 2008 and charged with assault and domestic violence against his girlfriend, Beth Tibbott. Later all charges were dropped, but he still underwent anger management counseling. 

The arrest of Harrison added some controversy to his life, but later everything was properly sorted out. Again in 2011, controversy stepped into his life.

During an interview with the magazine, he mentioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was a “crook and puppet.”

“I hate him and will never respect him,” James told the reporter. 

Furthermore, he also commented about his quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as well as linebacker Brian Cushing. Later, he made an apology for his mistake.

James Harrison | Net Worth, Contracts, and Philanthropic Works

This NFL player had a bit of struggle in the initial phase of his career.

However, later he established himself as a prominent player and played with Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and New England Patriots.

Mr. Monday Night, Aka James Harrison, went into retirement after playing with the New England Patriots.

While playing with the Patriots, he agreed on a $1 million contract with one year of the extension. However, he retired before the end of his contract.

Harrison made an approx of $44,000,000 from his career in NFL. He agreed on a 6-year contract, $51.75 million, with the Steelers in 2009.

Furthermore, he also gets paid $10 million as a signing bonus. He had total earnings of $13,350,000 at that season.

In 2010, his annual earnings reported to be around $7,555,000 with $2,800,000 roster bonus and additional $4,000,000 option bonus as well.

His fans are always wondering about his net worth. It isn’t easy to find out his net worth. The Celebrity Net Worth reports show that he has an estimated net worth of $12 million. His total salary is around $3 million.

Harrison and his partner Beth Tibbott spend a large fortune of income in their dream house. The house is worth $1.8 million.


Like some other NFL players, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady, Harrison is also involved in philanthropic work.

He is giving his lot of time to James Harrison Family Foundation. Furthermore, he is also raising funds for the James Harrison Kitty Foundation.

James Harrison | Height & Weight

James Harrison is an athlete and conscious about his health. Just like his game, Harrison has a perfect workout, routine, and diet plan.

Similarly, James is not only famous for his outstanding NFL career but is remembered for his workout and ideal physique.

He often posts his workout videos on his social media account. It is said he spends at least six days a week.

NFL linebacker made a good body with his perfect diet.

His regular gym diet includes dairy, caffeine, iodized salts, gluten, nightshades, and white sugar. James Harrison has a height of 6 feet, which is around 1.81 m. His weight is also around 110 kgs.

James Harrison | Social Media Presence 

Like other celebrities, James Harrison is popular on social networking sites. He is active on all social media networks.

The star NFL player has 1.4 million followers, 1,761 posts, and 579 followers on his Instagram account.

Furthermore, one can also follow him on his official Twitter account, as he has 394 following and 649.3K followers.

James Harrison | FAQs

Who called Harrison “Deebo”?

He was called “Deebo” by his teammates, who named him after a deadly character in the movie “Friday.”

Is James Harrison married?

Yes, the footballer is still unmarried. However, he is still going strong in his relationship with his partner, Beth Tibbott.

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