Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

James Harrison announces retirement from NFL

James Harrison announces retirement from NFL

Former Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison has announced his retirement.

Following his release from the Steelers, Harrison signed with the Patriots and played one regular season game and all three playoff games for them.

At the end of the season, he entered free agency.

Beneath an image of his children, he said, "I've missed way too much for way too long... and I'm done".

He finished off the post with the hashtag #2ndAndFinalRetirement.

Harrison played almost his entire career with the Steelers, collecting 80.5 of his 84.5 career sacks while wearing black and gold, a franchise record.

The Ohio native ends his career as a two-time Super Bowl champion and a five-time Pro Bowler.

Despite an illustrious career with the revered Pittsburgh Steelers, Harrison and the team parted on negative terms. He retired briefly in September 2014 only to be lured back to the Steelers.

Harrison was undrafted out of Kent State in 2002. Harrison lashed out at commissioner Roger Goodell, calling him "a crook" in a 2011 magazine article.

Harrison eventually established himself as one of the league's top defensive stars with the Steelers.

At a position where few last into their mid-30s, Harrison continued to thrive.

He played 14 of his 15 National Football League seasons with the Steelers, twice earning first-team All-Pro honours and being named to the Pro Bowl five times in consecutive seasons from 2007-11.

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