Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

'I'm done': James Harrison retires from the National Football League once again

'I'm done': James Harrison retires from the National Football League once again

Saying that he's "missed way too much for way too long" in an Instagram post featuring photos of his two young sons, linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement from the National Football League on Monday morning, the second time in his career that he's announced his intention to stop playing.

BC-FBN-Harrison Retires, 172 Longtime Steelers linebacker James Harrison retiresEds: APNewsNow. He indicated that spending more time with his family played the biggest role in his decision. He was a Pro Bowler for five straight seasons from 2007-2011, a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2008 and 2010, and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

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He joined the Patriots three days later, going on to reach Super Bowl LII, but lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

This one appears to be the official end.The 39-year-old pass rusher announced on Instagram on Monday morning he is calling it a career."I've missed way too much for way too long", Harrison wrote.

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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. This time however, it seems as though Harrison will not be persuaded to suit up again.

His previous retirement attempt lasted only one month in 2014.

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Harrison announced his retirement on Instagram. He played sparingly for much of 2017 and the Steelers granted him his release in December. The Ravens were reportedly interested in Harrison, but he signed with the Patriots, causing an uproar in Pittsburgh.

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