Steelers great James Harrison announces retirement

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2018

Saying that he's "missed way too much for way too long" in an Instagram post featuring photos of his two young sons, linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement from the National Football League on Monday morning, the second time in his career that he's announced his intention to stop playing.

Harrison made the announcement on social media, saying he's "missed way too much for way too long ... and I'm done". He'll leave the league with 84.5 career sacks after he went undrafted out of Kent State and joined the Steelers in 2002. That lasted a little over two weeks before he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in September 2014.

With his career now over, Harrison can begin polishing up the speech he'll deliver in Canton, Ohio.

So, farewell James. If things ended differently, the Steelers would've enshrined you into history with highlights of your 100-yard Super Bowl interception, or some of the jaw-dropping hits you've put on players throughout the years.

Harrison announced his retirement on Instagram.

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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.

Harrison, 39, was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers last season but joined the New England Patriots on December 26 and helped the team reach the Super Bowl. However, he had a change of heart and continued to play on for a few more seasons. Harrison returned to the Steelers in 2011.

Harrison quickly signed with the New England Patriots.

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