NFL Veteran James Harrison Announces He's Retiring

Patriots linebacker James Harrison

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.

Harrison announced Monday on Instagram that he's walking away from the game. Beneath an image of his children, he said, "I've missed way too much for way too long... and I'm done".

Harrison's 2017 season ended this past February as a member of the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

He signed with the Patriots on December 26 after he was released by the Steelers, the team that signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2002.

Despite an illustrious career with the revered Pittsburgh Steelers, Harrison and the team parted on negative terms.

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Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler, had said ahead of the Super Bowl that he had hoped to play another season or two, but citing family, chose to retire instead.

An undrafted free agent out of college, Harrison signed with the Steelers in 2002 and, after a spell in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire in 2003, returned to Pittsburgh in 2004 and began to make his presence felt.

The linebacker finishes his career with 84.5 sacks.

James Harrison is calling it a career.

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