Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

James Harrison retires from National Football League for second time

Patriots linebacker James Harrison Rebilas USA TODAY Sports Images
Lucia Summers | 16 April, 2018, 21:49

James Harrison's National Football League career is over after 16 years, the veteran linebacker announced Monday.

Harrison announced his retirement on Monday, saying in an Instagram post: "I've missed way too much for way too long and I'm done".

Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler, had said ahead of the Super Bowl that he had hoped to play another season or two, but citing family, made a decision to retire instead.

Harrison played almost his entire career with the Steelers and the 84.5 sacks he collected while wearing black-and-gold are a franchise record.

During media availability at Super Bowl LII, Harrison said he was planning to return in 2018.

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At 2:49 p.m., the moment the first bomb exploded, the city observed a moment of silence and the bell rang at the Old South Church.

The New England Patriots signed Harrison three days later and used him in a key role in their run to the Super Bowl two months ago, when the Patriots lost to Philadelphia 41-33.

Harrison signed a two-year deal last spring that would have kept him in Pittsburgh through his 40th birthday.

This is the second time Harrison has called it quits. He announced in August he was done, but Harrison returned to the field in September.

And what did Harrison do with his newly found free time? However, he had a change of heart and continued to play on for a few more seasons.

Harrison's Steelers tenure ended in underwhelming fashion, but he leaves a large legacy in the Steel City and will unquestionably be remembered alongside some of the franchise's greatest players. He signed with the New England Patriots last offseason.

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