You might remember Harrison from last year. Harrison played in eight games for the Eagles with 40 carries and 239 yards and a touchdown. I remember him running 50 yards down the field for his only touchdown with the Eagles against the Redskins on Monday Night Football in route to the Eagles 59-28 victory. This offseason the Eagles let Harrison walk and he signed with the Lions as a free agent. The Eagles responded by signing former Pro Bowl running back Ronnie Brown.
Well, things did not go as planned (like Ronnie Brown throwing the ball backwards into a crowd of 49ers on the goal line for a fumble) and the Eagles decided they wanted their ex-RB back. The Eagles completed a deal with Detroit in which the Lions would get Brown and the Eagles would receive Harrison and a seventh round draft pick (which Reid would use on a LB and then start him at MLB and tell us there is nothing to worry about). The deal was pending a physical and thank God for physicals.
Many times in sports we, as fans, forget that these guys that we watch are people too. They are guys with families and friends. Many of us take sports to heart and are emotionally invested in the outcome of the game as if it is life and death. The good news is, win or lose, the games are not life and death. When something happens like the death of an athlete (i.e. Dan Wheldon) we all get brought back to reality and remember that it is just a game and that life goes on. It often takes a tragedy to remind us that it is just a game and to cherish life outside of sports but, luckily for Harrison, it did not take a tragedy to reminder us how fragile life really is. This story, as scary as it is, is a reminder that it isn’t life or death on the field/court/ice.
But, with that being said, it is still normal to be emotionally attached to teams. Look at the four of us here at Whiz Wit Sports. Our moods are determined by the outcomes of games our teams play (i.e. Flyers v. Capitals tonight at 7:00pm). We just try not to lose sight of the fact that they are just games and there is more to life than just sports.