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James Farrior thinking about retirement

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The Steelers spent the early part of this offseason clearing some veteran players off the roster.

Wide receiver Hines Ward, defensive end Aaron Smith and defensive lineman Chris Hoke have all decided to retire after being cut loose. And, although he said he intended to keep playing when he was released by the Steelers, linebacker James Farrior appears to be heading in that direction as well.

In an interview with KDKA in Pittsburgh, via CBSSports.com, Farrior’s agent Ralph Cindrich said that Farrior hasn’t made a final decision on that front. Cindrich said that he has had discussions with the Steelers about a retirement press conference, although he is holding out hope that a “championship opportunity” presents itself.

That seems like a long shot. Farrior is 37 and coming off a poor year with the Steelers, two things that don’t make him particularly appealing to teams looking for an upgrade at linebacker.

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18 Responses to “James Farrior thinking about retirement”
  1. thcnote says: May 29, 2012 9:41 AM

    Championship teams don’t want over the hill fading LBs.

  2. Steeler's Will says: May 29, 2012 9:45 AM

    Best of luck to you James, you’ll be missed in Steeler Country.

  3. kingcarlbanks says: May 29, 2012 9:53 AM

    Enjoy retirement, spend time with your kids..

  4. bray72 says: May 29, 2012 10:16 AM

    As most knowledgable NFL fans know, the Steelers have never played much in the free agent market. When they do, it’s usually for a solid and classy player who is a good pickup.

    James is arguably perhaps the very best free agent they have ever signed. He has provided many years of outstsnding play and great leadership. He will be missed by team and fans alike.

    Thanks and good luck James!

  5. rdly49ers says: May 29, 2012 10:17 AM

    Nah he won’t retire like he said waiting 4 the call to come….

  6. pozone6031 says: May 29, 2012 10:23 AM

    Your a Class Guy! Good Luck with retirement.

  7. jh4prez says: May 29, 2012 10:39 AM

    Love ya farrior!

  8. mullman7675 says: May 29, 2012 10:40 AM

    Just walk away James, it’s all over.

  9. jjbadd says: May 29, 2012 10:53 AM

    As I’ve said about a lot of veteran players. He is still, even at his age, better than a lot of starting LB in the league. I believe he can go 2 more seasons, but I think most of aging players don’t like the idea of suiting up for a different team. I totally understand that.

  10. savocabol1 says: May 29, 2012 10:58 AM

    What a bum

  11. preston0036 says: May 29, 2012 11:00 AM

    love the Guy hands down my Favorite Steeler of this Era!!!!

  12. holeinone09 says: May 29, 2012 11:00 AM

    James was a solid leader, great football player, and someone that never got in trouble or caused trouble. So glad he was on the Steelers. A real class act. Best of luck James!

  13. Deb says: May 29, 2012 11:35 AM

    Still having trouble thinking of that linebacking corps without James Farrior. He’s been a mainstay of the team for so long, and as others have mentioned, a great player, leader, and class act.

    I’ve seen him slipping and know 37 is past time for even such a well-conditioned linebacker to retire. But the thumbs down he’s getting here prove our tacky rivals still find him threatening and remember the fierceness he brought to a great defense. For a linebacker, going out feared is sign of respect. We love you, James.

  14. pappyjoe69 says: May 29, 2012 12:02 PM

    savocabol1 says:
    May 29, 2012 10:58 AM
    What a bum

    Wow…you really know your football.

  15. pravin68 says: May 29, 2012 12:18 PM

    He had one good year in the last 3 years. Terrible move by the Steelers to give him an extension back at that time. But he was a good free agent signing and he did provide the Steelers with some high quality years early on.

    But his time is done. He was flat out awful in 3rd down pass coverage situations.

  16. pizzon says: May 29, 2012 1:11 PM

    it is considered an honor and a priviledge to be able to retire a Steeler, I have no doubt he will do just that. Thx for many great yrs James!

  17. paulieorkid says: May 29, 2012 10:49 PM

    As is well known, the Steelers customarily don’t bust open the bank on free agent signings.

    But we did land James Farrior at a reasonable price, and he has kicked some major tail. Great leader too – love the guy.

    A couple of other sweet FA signings at fair contracts include where we landed OC Jeff Hartings off of the Lions and scored FS Ryan Clark off the Redskins. All great moves — major credit to Colbert.

  18. quittsburghstoolers says: May 31, 2012 5:59 AM

    By all means, retire.

    There’s always room for one more member at AARP…

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