Posted May 15, 2013

James Harrison: ‘I spend between $400K and $600K on body work’ annually

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James Harrison said he spends up to $600K per year on his body. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

James Harrison said he spends up to $600K per year on his body. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker James Harrison said this week that he spends up to $600,000 “year in and year out” on services for his body, half of his guaranteed salary over the next two years, for services that include a six-person live-in staff during the season, and said he will do “whatever there is” to make himself better and healthier.

After being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers last year, Harrison, 35, was given a contract by the Bengals in April after the team determined he was past a knee injury that caused him to miss training camp and the first three games of last season. The Bengals’ contract with Harrison is for $4.45 million over two years. Only his $1.2 million signing bonus is guaranteed, so he essentially spends nearly half of his guaranteed salary over the next two years on his own body. Over the previous four seasons, Harrison earned more than $23 million. The live-in staff includes a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, a homeopathic doctor, a trainer and a number of masseuses.

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Now entering his 11th season, the 6’2″, 242 lb. linebacker said spending that kind of money is the only way he knows to best position himself for a long NFL career, according to Cincinnati sports writer Paul Daugherty:

“You want to stay in this business for a while, you’re going to have to take care of your body. If you want to do that, you’re going to have to spend money. It’s not cheap. I spend between $400,000 and $600,000 on body work, year in and year out. I tried out maybe 150 different massage people. Now I’m down to five. I got six people I regularly see.”


32 comments
ChrisWitzgall
ChrisWitzgall

The correct term for a body worker providing therapeutic massage is a massage therapist, not a masseuse. 

copier
copier

In less than 10 years we will be reading that Harrison is bankrupt. Live in chiropractor? What an idiot!

6marK6
6marK6

What does this idiot do after he retires? He will be broke and his random violence will become illegal. I predict a prison stay or two.

Mark90
Mark90

Just another kind of posse.

MRK
MRK

This dope will be broke the moment he retires...400-500k per year?  It's not working....

Staz
Staz

Holy crap...

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

Haters hating all over the place. When you make money as a pro athlete doing what you love, let us know what you spend your money on. Remember, your money problems are not his. 

ThorneKontos
ThorneKontos

I still have a mortgage so if Mr. Harrison has a few extra dollars, perhaps he would care to contribute to my early retirement fund. :)

gmag39
gmag39

That's some spendy manscaping!

' I am the greatest, I'm king of the world, I'm pretty, I'm pretty, I'm a baaaad man!'

Muhammad Ali   ------->James 'Pretty Boy' Harrison

 

AndrewRiley
AndrewRiley

I know people want to mock and belittle James Harrison because that's the way internet comment boards work in 2013. But I have a different take. I get spending money to make money, but that only works if you don't take a salary and clearly he is. I would ask him what it cost him to be a rookie? I have (humble brag) experience with the two fastest men in human history(one former and current) and an undisputed heavy weight Champion and their training expenses do not come close the figure quoted. He's being messed with and recklessly indulging in expenditures thinking that it contributes to the bottom line. Charlie Francis was the world acknowledged guru on getting fast and he would tell anybody within earshot how to cut .5 sec off a 40 time in 30 sec. or less for free. A half sec come down in one workout!!! What's Harrison on about?

 

opaque
opaque

People can view this as nothing more than an "investment" if they choose, but those figures seem excessive if accurate to say the least.  Doesn't bode well for his post-football psyche and ability to adjust to life off the field if he's that obsessive about staying in uniform.

eltex.tx
eltex.tx

Well, as many of us can attest, it's hard to eat healthy and get exercise if you are rushing home with the kids, cooking dinner and getting the kids washed every night. Having an in-house  chef, plus a personal trainer would probably be enough motivation to help stay healthy off the field. I just wish Lamarr Woodley took a similar approach. Instead, he has a special table reserved at the local buffet every night.

don2
don2

Another NFL idiot.  Great physical skills but an angry sociopath with no common sense.  Woo-hoo!

johnnyo69
johnnyo69

apparently his harem can also make him taller...6'2 242??  try 5'11 with cleats on a raised platform.  gives him good leverage off the edge being so low - guy was animal but he's too beat up and old.  6 sacks this year max.

tukwilatommygun
tukwilatommygun

i think the number of masseuses probably have different areas of attention.  this is freaky stupid.  waste of money except for the body rubbers who are probably large chested and have the two bit degree that comes with it.  a waste.

Cool
Cool

In my opinion this is going overboard and on the verge of being Michael Jacksonish... You don't NEED a live in anything unless you are in need of life support.  What it tells me is that he has no self control and needs people to constantly remind him what to do.

Chris10
Chris10

Seems like a titanic waste of money to me...why do they have to live in??

mktesq
mktesq

I hope this has a happy ending for him. 

MRK
MRK

 @ITATTRACTS

 It's ok to get off his junk at some point in your miserable life....

alfredwells
alfredwells

 @AndrewRiley

 Really. One certainly doesn't need a six person live in staff to maintain one's level of physical fitness. There are hundreds of pro athletes who do just fine on their own individual fitness programs. However, it is his money and  he's free to spend/waste it any way he chooses. Better his own physique than jewelry, cars or clothes.

alfredwells
alfredwells

 @don2

 Wow, you were able to make that diagnosis from only taking sociology 101? Dude!

vanboja
vanboja

 @Chris10 Makes sense, though.  These guys are wrecks after retirement.  Seems to me that a lot of maintenance now will save a lot of nasty problems in ten to twenty years.  Heck, if it just lets him live a normal life now, it is likely worth it.

Who cares
Who cares

 @vanboja  @Chris10 Not sure it really works that way vanboja.  Sure taking care of yourself will pay benefits in anyone's life.  That said, injuries are another thing.  You can get injured young, heal just fine and have many productive years / decades...but when you're older those injuries come back to haunt you as you age and your body goes into reverse.  Just not sure the money spent now is insuring against a painful future, but it will allow for a longer career while younger.

StephenGrange
StephenGrange

 @newshamg Maybe so, but he is so far past the average career span in the NFL, at this point it's all "profit" (and a business deduction to boot).

GordonLong
GordonLong

 @Who cares  @vanboja  @Chris10

  My point was take care injuries now and they don't come back and haunt you later.I took care of myself, I have no heatlh problems from the past injuries. I'm 55 I still do the things that I did in my 30's and yes I had a athletic life still do.

StephenGrange
StephenGrange

 @newshamg  But they DO end, yes? Talent plus preparation = $$$

 

As I said, smart investment.

vanboja
vanboja

We get it - his point was that Harrison should be set for life, and this expense isn't taking away the chance at a comfortable life after football. 

newshamg
newshamg

 @StephenGrange One of the most misleading stats in sports is the average NFL career span - the vast majority of the careers that make up the statistic are not ended by injury but by average to poor players on special teams especially who get annually replaced by the college assembly line of talent.