Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has officially announced his retirement from the National Football League. Harrison made the announcement on Saturday, August 30 via a Facebook post.
“I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today,” Harrison wrote. “My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game. I have missed too many experiences with them because I devoted SO much time to my career. My love of the game isn’t strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school. I am retiring as a man who is truly grateful for all of his blessings. I am sincerely thankful to the people who have supported me over the years, first and foremost my family, the Rooney family and my Steeler family, also Mr. Brown, the Bengals organization and fans, and last but FAR from least, Steeler Nation. Thank you.”
Harrison went from not being selected at all in the 2002 NFL Draft to becoming one of the most unstoppable defensive forces in the league from 2004-2012 with the Steelers. From 2007-2011 he earned five Pro-Bowl selections and was named the NFL and AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. In addition to his personal accolades, he helped the Steelers to two Super Bowl Championships and three AFC Championships. He ends his career with 645 tackles, 66 sacks, 6 interceptions and 29 forced fumbles. He’ll always be remembered as one of the best linebackers to have ever played the game.
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