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Harrison to skip White House visit, again

May 19, 2009 at 11:58 AM
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PITTSBURGH, May 19 (UPI) -- For a second time, under a second president, James Harrison says he's skipping a visit to the White House with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

"This is how I feel -- if you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don't win the Super Bowl. As far as I'm concerned, he would've invited Arizona if they had won," Harrison told WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh.

The Steelers are to visit the White House Thursday minus Harrison - who made Super Bowl history with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the 2009 Superbowl.

The NFL's Defensive Player of the Year, Harrison also skipped the Steelers' White House visit after their Super Bowl victory in 2006, Harrison's agent Bill Parise said.

"It absolutely is not political. He just doesn't want to go," Parise told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a story published Tuesday.

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