James Harrison: I spend $400K-$600K on my body per year

This is the face of man who spends more than $400,000 on his body per year. (USATSI)
James Harrison doesn't pinch pennies on staying in top shape. (USATSI)

Sometimes, we refer to the excesses of the rich, professional football player. Sometimes it’s an expensive night at the bar. Sometimes it’s a ridiculously huge truck. And sometimes it’s this.

“My body is what helps me to make money,” new Bengals linebacker James Harrison said Tuesday in his introductory news conference. "Whatever there is that I need to do to try and make myself better or get myself healthy, I’m going to do it. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that I spend anywhere between $400,000 and $600,000 on body work, as far as taking care of my body, year-in and year-out.”

In case you missed it, I’ll copy/paste the quote.

"It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that I spend anywhere between $400,000 and $600,000 on body work, as far as taking care of my body, year-in and year-out.”

In a word, "!!!!"

I mean, I’ve heard of NFL players treating their bodies like temples, but I didn’t realize you’d have to buy the entire congregation as well.

How exactly does one spend a half-million dollars a year on his body, anyway (the most important question being: that can’t possibly be worth it, right?)?

“As far as training, I have a hyperbaric chamber,” Harrison said. “I rent a hyperbaric chamber when I’m in Arizona. I have massages, and I bring people in from New York, Arizona to where I’m at. There’s that cost. Like I said, I get body work almost every single day except Saturday and Sunday. I have a homeopathic doctor, and I do a lot of homeopathic things. It’s just a lot -- supplements, so on and so forth.”

That’s a hell of a lot of supplements, though.

Said Harrison: “I’ve got a masseuse, got an acupuncturist, got a trainer, got another masseuse and another masseuse and a homeopathic doctor. I think that’s it.”

As crazy as those figures are, I think we all can agree on this: $500,000 just doesn’t go as far as it used to, you know?

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