James Harrison announces his retirement from football

AP

Today’s news will be full of guys getting cut who will never play in the NFL again.

For James Harrison, it didn’t take getting cut.

The longtime Steelers linebacker announced on his Facebook page that he was retiring.

I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today,” he 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 for 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.”

Harrison recently worked out for the Cardinals, but nothing came of it, and now he’s decided to hang it up after 11 seasons.

He finished with 66.0 sacks, with 36.5 of them coming in a three-year span with the Steelers (2008-10).

60 responses to “James Harrison announces his retirement from football

  1. I have decided to retire after no one will let me play for them anymore. It is because of my family. not because i am not good enough. Got to admit he doesn’t sound big and bad and ready to mouth off like he use to does he.

  2. Harrison was a ferocious player for the Steelers.
    Great story of dedication and perseverance to
    overcome the odds and rise to become the
    NFL Defensive Player of the Year , take home
    2 Super Bowl rings, and earn the disdain of Goodell.

    Good luck to him.

  3. Good luck James. One of my favorite memories of Harrison is when that goofy, chubby, Browns fan ran out on to the field and Debo slams him to the ground. Priceless. Definately worth looking up on youtube if you haven’t seen it.

  4. His agent wrote a nice farewell for him…

    Let’s just say that the effort put forth by James would not have turned out as nicely as what his agent put forth.

    I’d never expect James to you the correct version of “too” when using it in written form or to even know there was a difference between to and two actually.

    Now to what was said in his retirement statement.

    What if, I mean what IF someone offered him enough money to play this season? I mean enough that he deemed worthy for his all world talents?

    Would he be retiring? Uh, NO. He’d be playing.

    The tidbits about seeing his family off to school and on birthdays was because NO ONE was offering him enough money for him to choose to play.

    He is SAYING his family is too important now, but that really isn’t the truth. He’d happily play for the right amount of money this season somewhere.

    But it DID sound good didn’t it?

    It’s easy to say I’m retiring to be with my family because they’re too important when NO team wants you…

    Agents and players actually think we can’t see through all this crap.

  5. Should’ve never left the Steelers in search of that pot o gold. Lebeau made him into a superstar, and he took that for granted. I was bummed to see him let go, but got a big smile when he signed for millions less with the Bungholes. Way to go Steelers for not giving in to him when he came begging and crying on their doorstep. Thanks for the memories James, but it’s over. It’s not us…… It’s you.

  6. In other words… No team offered what my inflated ego thought I was worth…here’s to retirement of family guns n ammo and pit bulls

  7. I saw this one coming and while I was hopeful that the Cards would sign him, never believed for a second that would come to fruition. He will go down with other great Steelers in NFL history, as players who embody the term “Steeler Pride”. Have a great retirement James, you have earned it and can say you retired on your own terms! Have to hand it to the Steelers in that their seems to be a loyalty in that franchise unmatched in the NFL. The NFL has lost another legend who made football great!

  8. I loved having James Harrison on my team and I don’t care who has a problem with that. He was great for his locker room, he raised the level of play from the players around him through sheer force of will. Now, I’m not going to say he’s a fall of fame player, because he isn’t. He didn’t have enough good seasons because he started having his good seasons too late in his career.

    However: For several seasons he was the best defensive player in the game, and I mean better than anyone. Call it like it is and make no mistake about it. During that time, if you didn’t wish he was playing on your team, you didn’t want to win bad enough.

    Good luck in your after football life, James.
    Thanks for being a Steeler.

  9. Yeah, you people who are saying he was a cheap shot and a head hunter are stupid. There’s never been a player who was more hunted by officiating crews than harrison. He was a master of putting the top of the FACE MASK in people’s chest. Not the crown of his helmet but the top of the mask, which is exactly what you are taught to do at your very first practice as a kid. It wasn’t until the nfl turned into a league of women that every time a defensive player even grazed an offensive player’s upper body that a flag flew. Goddell hates the steelers because Rooney really runs the league, so he tried to make an example of our entire defense, especially Harrison

  10. Yup True Steeler. A guy with no respect for football but himself thats why he he always hits somebody after he tackles them. Not a Standard anybody should follow.

  11. “Not even the LB needy Cards would give me a chance, nor would any CFL team or any AFL team, so I have finally decided to call it quits” … He then ran out of his house after the Facebook post and tackled the mailman at the knees, tearing the mailman’s acl/MCL.

  12. He gets to save all that money from the penalties he won’t get anymore.

    Although some charity will miss the annual $3 million.

  13. By the way, does anyone else see at least a slight resemblance between James Harrison and Ryan Shazier? Shazier might be the only guy in the NFL with less hair on his head than Harrison. Harrison has to shave his head though, while Shazier comes au naturale. If Shazier becomes half the player and leader James Harrison was, I’ll be 100% happy with him.

  14. “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 for 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.” He forgot to add: “I realized how much I love my family right after I got the call telling me I’m too old to play for Arizona, or any other NFL team.”

  15. handsofsteelhartofstone says:
    Aug 30, 2014 11:56 AM
    “Yeah, you people who are saying he was a cheap shot and a head hunter are stupid. There’s never been a player who was more hunted by officiating crews than harrison. He was a master of putting the top of the FACE MASK in people’s chest. Not the crown of his helmet but the top of the mask, which is exactly what you are taught to do at your very first practice as a kid. It wasn’t until the nfl turned into a league of women that every time a defensive player even grazed an offensive player’s upper body that a flag flew. Goddell hates the steelers because Rooney really runs the league, so he tried to make an example of our entire defense, especially Harrison”

    To hoshos: A little paranoid maybe? If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong.

  16. always loved his comment to the effect that he wouldn’t pee on the commissioner if he was on fire. Didn’t he recant the statement and say that yes, he would pee on the commissioner

  17. James, thanks for the years of great football as a Steeler. I really enjoyed watching you dominate and strike fear in opponents. You played the game old school, like it was supposed to be played. Good luck in your retirement and enjoy life.

  18. Wow! All of this Steeler love for Harrison when it’s documented that he is a woman beater. He’s not any different than Ray Rice.

  19. This guy left it all on the field. He made history with the 98 yard interception for a TD against the Cards in the bowl….not bad for an undrafted Free agent…..Be well James!

  20. I’m gonna miss him!!! We need more guys like him.
    Plus, on record, he’s the first ever player to have 100 tackles and 10 sacks within the same season.

  21. James Harrison was one of my all-time favorite Steelers. He essentially made a 14 point play to single-handedly win the Super Bowl against the Cards.

    Roethlisberger and his last second 20 points of offense were a dismal failure without him.

    Just like Roethlisberger and his seven points of offense would have been a dismal failure against the Seahawks without Fast Willie Parker’s record setting 75 yard TD run and Antwaan Randle El’s beautiful 43 yard TD pass to Hines Ward.

    Those three plays — none of which he had anything to do with — are the backbone of Roethlisberger’s career.

  22. He tormented the Ravens and Flacco. You are welcome in my home James. Enjoy your retirement. Job well done.

  23. Nice to see quite a few Raven’s fans step up and appreciate Harrison, and how hard he played the game. I hate the Ravens, as their fans hate the Steelers, but (with a few exceptions) respect them and their fans. They do appreciate good old fashioned, smash mouth football.

    Now, as far as some of these other clowns here….

  24. Thank you James for the great years and hard nosed plays. You will always be a part of Steeler Nation. We are gonna miss you. I was hoping the Steelers would come a knocking we could use your intensity and sack master skills for the young guys to learn from

  25. Great player. Great Steeler. His passion sometimes got the better of him, but you couldn’t ask for a more driven player. I miss what he brought to the team in skill, intensity, and leading by example. Wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

  26. I’d love it if some day when someone retires under these circumstances, they would just say, “After weighing all of my options, which are zero, I’ve decided to retire from the NFL. It’s clear nobody wants me for what I think I am worth. Thanks to all of my fans.”

  27. It never ceases to amaze me how many “Steeler Haters” there are out there and how many follow every article written abouit a Steeler just for the opportunity to engage their passive aggressive insight. I’m not sure what is more sad, their lifestyle of stalking the very team they hate or the fact that we won’t see Harrison suit up one more time for the Black and Gold. Let’s be real, most of these other teams except for 2 or 3 stand in the shadow of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. And ALL of you Haters’ would have given your left and right nut to have a man like Harrison on your team. Hell, the Ravens had him before us and weren’t smart enough to figure out how to use him. He’s laughing now after being a 5 Time Pro-Bowler. How many 5 time Pro Bowlers do you have on your team?

  28. Once Dr Rydze left…he was never the same.

    There IS a good reason why he couldn’t stick with an NFL team until he met Dr Rydze… and

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