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James Harrison spends up to $600,000 on ‘body work’

James Harrison got a two-year, $4.45-million deal from the Bengals. (Al Behrman / Associated Press)

An NFL job may pay a lot, but it costs a lot, too. Just listen to James Harrison, who drops about a half-million dollars a year to keep his body primed to play.

Harrison, who joined the Cincinnati Bengals in the offseason, said Tuesday (via in a brief introductory press conference. “Whatever there is that I need to do to try and make myself better or get myself healthy, I’m going to do it. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that I spend anywhere between $400,000 to $600,000 on body work, as far as taking care of my body, year-in and year-out.”

Just what does one spend that kind of dough on? Harrison, 35, was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers in March, said he uses a hyperbaric chamber as well as a whole army of acupuncturists, massage therapists and homeopathic doctors that he’ll bring from Pittsburgh, where played for nine seasons, to Cincinnati.

“If you want to be able to stay in this business for a while, you’re going to have to take care of your body,” he said. “You want to do that, you’re going to have to spend money. It’s not cheap.”

Harrison can afford the expenditure. He signed a two-year deal worth a reported $4.45 million with the Bengals.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · May 15, 2013