Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Announces Retirement

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Announces Retirement

Harrison was named Defensive Player of the Year for the 2008 season, which he capped with the longest interception return in Super Bowl history, his 100-yard effort helping the Steelers to victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. The star NFL linebacker announced this morning that he's chose to retire from the league.

An undrafted free agent out of college, Harrison signed with the Steelers in 2002 and began to make in impact in 2004, eventually ending up playing 14 of his 15 National Football League seasons with Pittsburgh, twice earning first-team All-Pro honors and being named to the Pro Bowl five times in consecutive seasons from 2007-11. He set the Steelers franchise record for sacks in a 2016 game against the Cleveland Browns.

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

Harrison had previously said that he wanted to play another season or two.

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Following his release from the Steelers, Harrison signed with the Patriots and played one regular season game and all three playoff games for them. He was a two-time first-team All-Pro.

Pittsburgh signed the Kent State product in 2002 as an undrafted rookie free agent. He also appeared in the Super Bowl in 2011 with the Steelers and in February with the Patriots.

Harrison spent 14 seasons with the Steelers and retires as the team's all-time leader in sacks with 80.5.

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