Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Veteran linebacker James Harrison announces retirement

Veteran linebacker James Harrison announces retirement

Former Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison has announced his retirement from the National Football League for the second time.

Harrison split last season between the Steelers and the New England Patriots.

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He played 90 percent of the team's defensive snaps in Super Bowl LII and was arguably their most effective player on the front seven.

Harrison, who turns 40 on May 4, posted photographs of his children with the caption: "I've missed way too much for way too long... and I'm done".

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.

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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.

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

Harrison twice left the Steelers.

Harrison announced his retirement on Instagram.

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

A year ago, the Steel City was rooting for their aging veteran to pound out one more season and hang up the cleats in the locker room he established himself in. He had two sacks in his debut with New England in the 2017 regular-season finale and added seven more tackles in the playoffs.

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