Steelers Fan Asked To Remove James Harrison Jersey At Colts Practice

A Pittsburgh Steelers fan showed up Monday to watch an Indianapolis Colts training camp practice decked out in his James Harrison jersey and received plenty of attention in the process, according to Phil Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.

Zach Simmons, the guilty Steelers fan, was spotted by Colts safety Tom Zbikowski, who in turn alerted Colts first-year head coach Chuck Pagano about the situation. Why was this a big deal to both? Well, both Zbikowski and Pagano are formerly of the Baltimore Ravens for starters, so seeing a fan decked out in the black and gold Harrison jersey still must sting a little bit. Once alerted, Pagano approached Simmons with an Andrew Luck Colts jersey and an ultimatum, either change into the Luck jersey or be escorted out.

Simmons, who claims he wore his Harrison jersey to get the attention of new Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and running back Mewelde Moore, both former Steelers, obliged the request of Pagano if he could meet the former Steelers after practice. The deal was agreed to and Simmons swapped his attire.

Following practice Pagano was asked about the incident and said, “It’s kind of our motto. You’re either all the way in or all the way out.” In regard to making the deal, Pagano added, “It took some prying, it wasn’t easy. He wanted to see practice and Bruce and them afterward, so it was a good deal”

The Colts head coach indeed held up his end of the bargain and Simmons was allowed to meet both Arians and Moore after practice.

“For an ex-Raven, I was surprised, he was a real nice guy,” Simmons said, when asked about the incident.

I don\’t know about you, but no way would I have ditched my Harrison jersey to stay and watch a Colts practice. Did it really mean that much to Simmons to meet Arians and Moore? I guess so.

This whole story could easily be turned into a Pittsburgh DirectTV commercial. “Don\’t end up up at a Colts training camp practice where you trade your James Harrison jersey for an Andrew Luck jersey. Ditch cable and get DirectTV

I bet Harrison will be disappointed in Simmons once he hears about this.

UPDATE: Shortly after posting this I received an email from Dan Simmons, the father of Zach:

Hi. I\’m Zack Simmons\’ dad. He did show up at Colts camp today wearing a Harrison jersey. He went along with the swap, but it was a one-time deal. He\’s still a #1 Steelers fan. He\’s got a Steelers tattoo with all the Super Bowl wins listed below it. We just happen to live in Anderson, In. where the Colts have camp.I\’m trying to get the jersey from him so it won\’t be sitting in his Steelers room! Dan Simmons

  • Simmons can’t be a true Steeler fan. How in the world would you let an ex-Raven tell you to remove your Jersey? Plus if he had a brain he would have gotten Luck to sign the jersey. He would at least made out. Sorry Arians and Mewelde signature has little to no value.

    Plus what’s the big deal about a fan wearing another jersey. I could understand if it was a rival but its not. Pagano is petty and should be more focused on his team than a fan. What a loser.

  • Ahmad

    He let a ex-ratbird tell him what to do? He needs to turn in his fan card pronto.

  • Zarbor Im a true steeler fan for getting steelers autographs.. NOT LUCKS moron

  • Jason White

    I’d flip them the double birds and tell them where to stick that Andrew Luck jersey.

  • RMSteeler

    Steelers already in their heads!

  • Intropy

    Sounds like it all worked out nicely, really. I know you’re looking for a villain in the story, but it’s just not there. It may be a bit petty on the part of Pagano, but it’s his show so that’s pretty much that.

    As for the fan, well, I’d go to any practice just because I enjoy the game. Steelers would be my preference of course, but if that’s a few hundred miles away you make do. And if the head coach of the team practicing politely asked me to change I’d do it too. Kudos to Zack for having the temerity to bargain with him. Meeting Arians and Memo would be pretty cool. I’d make that deal any day of the week. Heck, I’d be satisfied with the free jersey and the story to tell.

  • zyzak

    That’s funny, Pagano seems like a nice enough guy.

  • DoctorNoah

    The real philosophical question is this: if Mike Tomlin told you to wear a Ravens jersey for a day, would you do it? (or trade your Harrison jersey for a tattered Ken Stabler jersey from 1979 – Ken who?)

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Wear another team’s jersey? Uh no thanks, I will leave…

  • Shannon Stephenson

    My thoughts are that the Colts were petty in this but as long as Simmons was able to meet a few former Steelers its cool…I personally would have kept it on and being I stay in Bourbonnais(very close anyways) where the Chicago Bears have summer camp…Polo will be on my back and will stay but I do not think Simmons punked out but tried to keep the situation cordial which is fine by me.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    They are no longer Steelers though.

  • My thoughts exactly. In a few years time, a signed Luck jersey will probably be worth some coin.

  • If he received a signed jersey, he could have easily turned around and sold it for $500. If he waited a few years, maybe more.

  • He couldnt have kicked me out.. its all fun an games and now Im getting calls from Pittsburgh haha and for the record I just took off my Harrison. Didnt trade it in.

  • SteelersDepot

    Settle down Bevis, just having some fun with you.

  • Nathaniel Heath

    Free Luck jerseys might sell for good $$ later. Why not make the switch? I don’t think I’d ever want to meet Bruce Arians, but meeting Mewelde would be cool.

  • John Mazza

    if Luck signed it that would be cool. i get the guy having Steelers pride but he was at the colts camp lol and he got to meet moore and arians.

  • John Noh

    What kind of Steelers fan wants to actually meet BA??? Good riddance!

  • right thats wat i said. he couldve at least go luck to sign it. like lucks GIVING u the jersey why not get him to sign it.oh well at least he got a free jersey.

  • Why the hell would u take your steelers jersy off. Put on a colts jersyto see a ex steeler rb and has been offensive cordinator bruce to dam predictable arians. This is not a steelers fan in my books. ARIANS AND MORE ARE NOT AND WIL NEVER BE STEELERS ANY MORE. I WOULD NEVER TAKE MY STEELER JERSY FOR ANYTHING.

  • You traded something in alright, dude….your self respect, your STEELER PRIDE and your true fan status!!! Someone up there said it best….time to turn in your fan card!!! NO ONE, but NO ONE would have told me that I couldn’t have worn my STEELER JERSEYS, no matter what they threatened me with!!! As for removing you, they can’t do that, this is still America last time I checked, which means you are free to do what you want. One more thing, you think you are getting calls from Pittsburgh now…just wait till James Harrison calls you….doesn’t sound like he’s too happy about the whole situation!!! I don’t think I’d be showing up any to soon, telling him who you are and asking for an autograph…haha

  • Showing up to another team’s training camp wearing your team’s jersey is a pretty idiotic move, regardless of the teams involved. This guy is obviously a punk who wanted to make a spectacle of himself. They never should have rewarded his selfish behavior by letting him meet anyone. Just let him keep his jersey on and let the crowd ridicule him.

  • T. Bone

    Show up to Colts practice wearing Steelers jersey, agree to switch to Colts Luck jersey, sell Luck jersey on ebay….win/win!

  • i think simmons did the right and respectful thing as a fan to switch as he was asked in there home area. I think the coach and TE should have had more important things to be doing and paying attention to but still i agree i would have bartered for lucks auto on the jersey as well but i dont blame him for meeting ex steelers. We as steelers fans should be respectful of other teams wishes at their camps if we are visitors

  • guess luck has learned how to throw the bubble screen.

  • there would be no freakin way id give up my Steelers jersey just to watch a pro team practice.

  • Your a pussy! Stop calling yourself a Steelers fan. Ty