Hillis admires Harrison’s truthfulness

Steelers LB James Harrison made few friends when he unleashed on commissioner Roger Goodell, Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall in a recent magazine article. But he has one admirer within his own division — Browns RB Peyton Hillis.

Hillis was at the NFL Network studios on Tuesday, and when I jokingly suggested that he follow Harrison on Twitter, Hillis was quick to come to Harrison’s defense. That’s not something you would expect from fierce AFC North rivals.

“I have much respect for James Harrison,” Hillis said. “He seems like a real educated guy. He’s an honest, truthful guy. And a lot of people like to lash out at him because he is that way. But I respect him. I respect people who speak their mind — and not only speak their mind, but speak the truth.”

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