James Harrison Retires from NFL, Won 2 Super Bowls with Steelers

Patriots linebacker James Harrison

Patriots linebacker James Harrison

He had just three tackles in five appearances for the Steelers before Pittsburgh released him with two games left in the regular season. However, he has made a decision to leave football in the rearview. Harrison seems excited to spend more time with his children this time.

Harrison, 39, 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". "Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life", he wrote on Instagram. He started his career with the Steelers in 2002 after going undrafted out of Kent State.

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, who played most of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, briefly retired in 2014.

And what did Harrison do with his newly found free time?

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

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

Harrison was a fixture of the Steelers defense for over a decade and delivered one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history with his pick-six in the final seconds of the first half in Super Bowl XLIII.

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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