Duron Harmon tells Lane Johnson playing in four Super Bowls is lots of fun, actually

Alex Reimer
February 06, 2019 - 9:27 am

Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson mocked the Patriots last year for not having any fun. He may never live those ill-advised words down.

At the Patriots’ Parade Tuesday, safety Duron Harmon fired back at Johnson. Rocking a sweet throwback from Tom Brady’s high school days, Harmon said going to four Super Bowls in six years is, indeed, quite fun.

Y’all let Lane Johnson know I’m having fun ------

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Following last year’s big game, Johnson lambasted the Patriots on Barstool’s “Pardon My Take” podcast, saying Bill Belichick runs a “fear-based organization.” 

“Do they win? Hell yes, they win,” he said. “They’ve won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, ‘I had a lot of fun playing there’? No, I don’t. That’s just the God’s honest truth. “They’re successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like (expletive) robots. Hey, stop being a (expletive) head. We can be cordial for a little bit. You only get to do this job one time, so let’s have fun while we’re doing it. Not to be reckless, but we'd much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls. But hey, it is what it is.”

While the Patriots may have been tired of Belichick’s austerity last year, it appears as if they embraced his stringent mentality this season. The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore included an anecdote about the Patriots going full-bore in practice the day after the AFC championship in his Super Bowl writeup, with special teams captain Matthew Salter saying he thinks the arduous preparation made the Patriots ready for Sunday.

It certainly doesn’t seem like anybody on the Patriots had a problem with Belichick at the conclusion of Super Bowl LIII, when they were hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. Johnson, meanwhile, was watching at home. He says he would rather have fun and win just one championship. The averages say he’ll likely get a chance to live out his words. 

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