Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

James Harrison retires from National Football League for second time

James Harrison retires from National Football League for second time

Outside linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement from the National Football League early Monday morning.

Harrison will be most commonly remembered for his exploits as part of the Pittsburgh Steelers, even though he ended his career with the New England Patriots. He played quite a bit for New England after making his debut in the regular season finale, totaling six tackles and a QB hit in three playoff games. He indicated that spending more time with his family played the biggest role in his decision.

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is taking a second crack at retirement.

In an Instagram post on his account focused on fatherhood and features pictures of his children, Harrison wrote: "I've missed way too much for way too long.and I'm done". This time however, it seems as though Harrison will not be persuaded to suit up again. Harrison lashed out at commissioner Roger Goodell, calling him "a crook" in a 2011 magazine article.


Harrison, who turns 40 next month, retired for the first time in August 2014, only to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers less than a month later after the team's defense suffered a number of injuries.

Harrison announced his retirement on Instagram.

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

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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