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Harrison's $600K 'body work' regimen

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06:57 AM ET 05.16 | So, you think your gym membership takes a bite, eh? Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty asked Bengals linebacker James Harrison how he felt physically during [Tuesday's] press conference. "You want to stay in this business for awhile, 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." The total was shocking, which led Daugherty to follow up and clarify with Harrison. "I tried out maybe 150 different massage people. Now I'm down to five. I got six people I regularly see." A chiropractor, an acupuncturist, a homeopathic doctor, a trainer and all those masseuses.

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May 16, 2013  07:44 AM ET

150 different massage "people?" Does he go both ways?

May 16, 2013  08:13 AM ET

So he pays these folks around $8000.00 a month ? Pretty good deal.

May 16, 2013  08:22 AM ET

So let's say he really spends "only" $400,000 a year on this stuff. That's $33,333 a month if he does it for a full 12 months.

His chiropractor, acupuncturist, homeopathic doctor, trainer and five masseuses add up to about $13,000 a month.

So here's the question. What could he possibly be spending an additional $20,000 a month on? Hmmmmmm.....twice a week at $2,500 per visit.

May 16, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Steelers should have kept this guy...

May 16, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Those fines for "roughing the massage therapist" add up, don't they?

May 16, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So he pays these folks around $8000.00 a month ? Pretty good deal.

This is my grandson's career choice.

Good for him...

May 16, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Has he always done this? Or is this a recent thing, to try to delay the inevitable retirement?

Obviously, he's had a great career. To some extent you could say that it's been worth him spending that money. What kind of shape would he have been in without it? Who knows.

That being said, he's probably going a bit overboard. The law of diminishing returns tells us that each $100,000 he spends on "body work" probably provides less tangible benefit than the $100k before it. At some point, you're just wasting money.

May 16, 2013  09:39 AM ET

That's alot of happy endings! So that's why every young boy's dream is to make it to the NFL!

May 16, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Probably a few happy endings in there, and they're tax deductible.

May 16, 2013  12:16 PM ET

If thats what he is claiming on his taxes, then he should expect a call from whomever is left at the IRS

May 16, 2013  01:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

If thats what he is claiming on his taxes, then he should expect a call from whomever is left at the IRS

I'm glad I got my refund already.

Actually, I filed electronically so I doubt that any inferior carbon-based life forms were involved.

May 16, 2013  01:52 PM ET

Good for him. I hope he's saving some money.

May 16, 2013  02:13 PM ET

This is why most of your NFL players go broke. What a dummy! I'm glad he went to the Bengals..LOL $600k what a waste.

 
May 16, 2013  04:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So he pays these folks around $8000.00 a month ? Pretty good deal.

Happy endings don't come cheap. Especially not from skilled Thai ****......

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