Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison retires from NFL

Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison retires from NFL

James Harrison is retiring for the second time.

Earlier this month, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Harrison meant to play in 2018 and hoped to sign with someone as a free agent after this month's draft, but apparently he's had a change of heart.

Harrison says he's ready to spend more time with his friends and family.

After playing one season with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013, Harrison had called an end to his career but later returned to the Steelers in September 2014.

He played 69 snaps in the Patriots' Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Harrison posted a collage of pictures of his two sons and noted 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.

James Harrison is calling it a career.

Father Time appeared to finally get the better of Harrison in 2017, though. He was fined four times during the 2010 season alone for what the National Football League considered illegal or unnecessary hits. It lasted all of 18 days.

Harrison signed a two-year deal last spring that would have kept him in Pittsburgh through his 40th birthday. However, he had a change of heart and continued to play on for a few more seasons.

The Steelers released him late in the season to make room for offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, who was being activated from a suspension.

The Patriots and Harrison had been in contact earlier this offseason about a possible return, but those talks never materialized into a new contract.

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