Harrison has modeled his game after Sanders

Posted Aug 9, 2011

Following his first practice in a Detroit Lions uniform, RB Jerome Harrison was asked who he rooted for growing up.

As though it should be an obvious answer, Harrison replied, "Barry Sanders."

Harrison -- one of two tailbacks signed by the Lions on Tuesday -- grew up in Kalamazoo as a Detroit Lions fan and says walking the halls of the same organization Sanders played for is surreal.

"(He is a guy) that I tried to pattern my game after," said Harrison. "That was such a big thing. That’s the only guy that I was really star-struck (by).”

Harrison, a 5-9, 205-pound tailback, has spent the majority of his career with the Cleveland Browns. He was traded five games into the 2010 season for RB Mike Bell, Detroit's other signee.

The pair played against each other in college (Washington State and Arizona) and then passed in the night at the Cleveland Airport the night they were traded for each other.

Harrison says he's glad to have someone in Detroit that he knows, but is purely focused on getting to work.

"Whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to just help in any way possible," he said.

Harrison currently has 1,640 all-time rushing yards (4.8 average) and seven touchdowns.