James Harrison explains why Patriots will be prepared for cold, how he couldn't hate Tom Brady

Ryan Hannable
January 15, 2019 - 2:23 pm

James Harrison was only with the Patriots a few weeks last year, but he saw what it took for the team to reach the Super Bowl against the Eagles.

One of the biggest things that stood out to him was how the team always practices in the cold and it is Tom Brady who leads the way.

“It was like a crazy blizzard and (players) were like, ‘We really have to go outside?’ And Tom goes, ‘Stop complaining. Let’s go.’ He takes off out there just with little sleeves and all that like it was nothing," Harrison said Tuesday on FS1's Undisputed. "I am not going to lie, that cold there, helped in the championship game. It was like hot. I was sweating on the sideline because it was only two-below, not 15 or 20.”

This could be beneficial Sunday when the Patriots take on the Chiefs in Kansas City and temperatures are expected to be around zero degrees at kickoff.

Harrison also came away impressed with Brady's attitude. Coming from the Steelers he wanted to dislike him, but he just couldn't.

“Believe me, I wanted to hate this dude with a passion and I get there and I am like, 'He’s the ultimate teammate,'" Harrison said. "You watch him and you’re like he’s just putting on a show. Dude, he’s treating the practice squad dude like he’s been there 10, 12, 15 years. A rookie, I am like, ‘Oh my God.’”

The veteran defensive end was signed by the Patriots on Dec. 26 after being released by Pittsburgh. Harrison played in the final regular-season game and then all three playoff games before retiring after the season.

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