Former Steelers LB James Harrison Announces Retirement

Former Steelers LB James Harrison Announces Retirement

The linebacker came out of his first and not final retirement in 2014 to re-join the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He played 14 of his 15 National Football League seasons with the Steelers, twice earning first-team All-Pro honours and being named to the Pro Bowl five times in consecutive seasons from 2007-11.

Harrison was undrafted out of Kent State in 2002.

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

James Harrison was able to contribute down the stretch for the New England Patriots a year ago despite rapidly closing in on his 40th birthday, and he could nearly certainly find a team to sign him this offseason at the right price. He returned to Pittsburgh after injuries decimated the team's linebacker group and in his second act became a valuable leader on the field and elsewhere, often including teammates in his draining (and well-documented) offseason workout regiments in Arizona.

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

James Harrison is calling it a career.

Harrison quickly signed with the New England Patriots.

The Steelers released him late in the season to make room for offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, who was being activated from a suspension. He appeared in five games with the Steelers before being cut by the team and then played in one game regular season game and three postseason contests with New England.