James Harrison has his sights set on a new career after conquering the football field.
According to ESPN, the former Steelers linebacker landed a small role on the CBS show “S.W.A.T.” potentially launching his acting career.
“It’s like repeating the same play 30 times,” Harrison told ESPN. “After about five, you’re like, ‘I’ve got it.'”
Harrison, who retired from the NFL last April, has a non-exclusive contract with Fox Sports but also has been hitting auditions and table reads around Los Angeles.
“I would say I’m not actually skilled in it as far as a student of it. What I bring is raw,” Harrison said. “I’m trying to get that refined. Emotional responses, that’s the hard thing. Being able to be, like, extremely compassionate. Actors like Denzel [Washington] being able to go that whole spectrum. I think that’s what I’ll have to get a lot of help on refining.”
Known for his intimidatingly hard hits on the field and monstrous strength in the weight room, Harrison definitely has what it takes to embody the big and bad role that wrestler-turned-action-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has adopted since going Hollywood.
“The Rock better watch out because No. 92 is aiming to be an action star, and he’s coming for him,” CBS co-star Jay Harrington said.
Harrison, 40, signed with the Steelers in 2002 and played 14 of his 15 NFL seasons with Pittsburgh. He finished his career with 84 1/2 sacks (a franchise-record 80 1/2 with the Steelers), 34 forced fumbles and eight interceptions to go along with 573 tackles.