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Harrell Not Playing it Safe

Harrell (27) has had reason to celebrate.

Chris Harrell has always been a bit of a tough guy. He grew up admiring players like Rodney Harrison and former Penn State safety James Boyd and made a name for himself delivering big hits for the Nittany Lions' defense. So it stands to reason that Harrell wouldn't let a little thing like a serious neck injury get in his way.

Harrell said he hasn't given much thought lately to the injury that forced him to sit out the entire 2004 season. “Early on, in [preseason] football camp, that was probably the last time I had any reservations about hitting people,” he said. “I knew the doctors did a great job of making sure that I took all the precautions and made sure I took the necessary time to get everything healed. By the...

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