James Harrison announces he is retiring

  • James Harrison announces he is retiring

James Harrison announces he is retiring

Harrison previously announced his retirement four years ago, only to reverse that decision.

Whether you still look at Harrison as a bigger villain than Le'Veon Bell, you have to acknowledge his time in Pittsburgh. "Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life". He started his career with the Steelers in 2002 after going undrafted out of Kent State.

Harrison's physical play at times ran him into trouble with the league office.

Harrison had 84.5 sacks, 34 forced fumbles, 26 passes defensed, nine fumble recoveries, eight interceptions and a touchdown in 193 career appearances.

The five-time Pro Bowler and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is known for his wild workouts, and he appeared at the gym soon after his announcement. That lasted a little over two weeks before he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in September 2014.

At a position where few last into their mid-30s, Harrison continued to thrive. He had two sacks in his debut with New England in the 2017 regular-season finale and added seven more tackles in the playoffs.

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 played sparingly for much of 2017 and the Steelers granted him his release in December.