Kent State linebacker and current Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Pro James Harrison gifted $100,000 to his former school Wednesday.
“This gift is indicative of the legacy James wants to leave at Kent State and of the impact Kent State has had on James and his family,” Matt Geis, Kent State’s Executive Director for Athletic Advancement, said in a press release.
A three-time letter-winner for the Golden Flashes from 1999-2001, Harrison was named First Team All-Mid-American Conference as a senior when he record a then-school record 12 sacks and 20 tackles for loss while leading Kent State to a 6-5 record with wins in five of the final six games.
Following his collegiate career, the Akron native signed as an undrafted free agent with the Steelers, where he's gfone on to win two Super Bowls and was named the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Along with the Strength & Conditioning Center name recognition, the donation goes towards the Football Enhancement Fund which covers a number of priorities within the program such as scholarship support and facility upgrades.