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DuJuan Harris and a Weird Analogy About Feeding the Monster

DuJuan Harris

You all know about DuJuan Harris. Went from the Green Bay Packers starting running back to injured reserve to third-string running back all in just over a year.

It’s not necessarily his fault. It’s more about Easy Ed and James Starks tearing shit up in his absence.

About the only good news Harris has gotten in the past year is that, a. he’s healthy again and, b. Johnathan Franklin’s career is over.

The latter gives Harris a clear path to making the roster. Basically, just don’t get injured again and you’re good to go. The bad news is, No. 3 running backs don’t get a lot of touches. Franklin found that out last year.

So what do you think about that DuJuan? Paul Imig asked Harris about the upcoming season and he produced this bizarre response.

“Going through all that stuff, it’s just feeding the monster,” Harris said. “It’s feeding the monster. The monster is hungry and it’s just feeding it. Once he explodes, it’s like, ‘oh, my God, he’s been there the whole time; you’ve just been feeding him. He was hungry the whole time, you’re just feeding him.'”

If you’re keeping score, Harris refers to feeding the monster five times right there.

What is the monster in this case? Don’t know.

What are you feeding him? Not sure.

What’s he gonna do? Darned if I know.

We THINK Harris was trying to make some analogy where the monster is him and the food is his motivation to succeed. He went on to talk about how he’ll do whatever it takes to put food on the table.

“It’s really just showing that I’m not trying to give up,” Harris said. “I’m not trying to give up on anything. I’m a go-getter, I’m going to try to eat any way possible I can. That’s how people can take it. If I’ve got to sell a car to eat, so be it; I’ll sell a car. If I’ve got to go out here, bleed and sweat and everything else to eat, I’ll go eat. If I’ve got to go into construction and lift rocks and throw rocks, whatever, so be it.”

You know, we’re all pulling for DuJuan. He is, after all, the used car salesman inside all of us (and an actual used car salesman).

That being said, he sounds like a guy who’s pushing a little too much. You see it all the time. A guy loses his job because of an injury, then comes back and either loses his focus and/or confidence or injures himself trying to do more than he should.

Those guys usually end up out of the game pretty quickly.

Are we doubting Harris? No.

But we’ve seen these things happen before.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Carly July 17, 2014

    Let’s look at this a different way, k?

    Harris was trying to articulate his feelings and thoughts and wound up a bit lost in some metaphorical wilderness.

    But, he was trying to express his actual feelings. Compared to most Football player interviews, he was ahead of 98% of his peers who tend to respond in three words or less sentences which we’ve all heard repeated a million times before.

    So I would chalk up Harris’ disconnected phrasing as him striving to express himself but he is still pretty junior when it comes to being media savvy and creating his own unique sound bites. But, he’s trying. I would NOT agree that his phrasing has one iota of anything to do with his on-field capabilities. He’s a very steady player. And there’s no way in hell Mr. Ed can be over-used again two seasons in a row (unless another concussion is acceptable). I like the balance that Harris will bring to the rotation, so that everyone stays fresh and the Defense won’t be able to predict plays so easily.

    Sometimes you eat the dog……sometimes the dog eats you. Right?

    1. DevilDon July 19, 2014

      I agree with most of what you said, however, a player can get a concussion on a single play. It doesn’t matter how many snaps he gets.

  2. CO Bob July 17, 2014

    Usually hear stuff like that from Finley….

    Open mouth…insert bratwurst

  3. Nacho dan July 17, 2014

    At least he didn’t say “step up.” That phrase can die.

  4. geopack July 18, 2014

    The monster is his desire to succeed. Feeding the monster is him being withheld from the opportunity to do that.

    I guess that can only mean that he’ll be unleashing this monster when he gets his opportunity. I can live with that.