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James Harrison unsure whether he’ll retire or keep playing

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Two years ago, Steelers linebacker James Harrison retired. This year he may do it again, for good.

Although Harrison came out of retirement in 2014 and has played the last two seasons for the Steelers, he now says he’s weighing his options and may retire permanently this year.

I’m not ready to make any type of decision,” Harrison said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If you were to ask me something like that right after a loss, nobody wants to go out with a loss. It’s going to be an immediate, ‘Yeah, I’m coming back,’ not taking into account everything else. Right now, I’m not ready to make that decision.”

Harrison played well last season, recording five sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and an interception. Although he’ll turn 38 in May, he still appears to have the physical ability to help the Steelers. He just has to decide if he wants to keep going, or call it a career.

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  1. jrob23 says: Jan 22, 2016 5:52 AM

    James. Don’t do it. Come back for one more year. I promise you that the Steelers will be the favorites to win it all. Once Golson comes back and you have another successful draft, the defense will have caught up enough with the offense. Just need to sign a competent backup QB for when/if Ben gets banged up and use your first AND second round picks on corner/safety. Please James. One more year. You want to go out a champion!

  2. philyeagles5 says: Jan 22, 2016 6:07 AM

    He should keep goin. He looks good.

  3. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 22, 2016 6:14 AM

    Maybe the Bengals will give him a one day contract so he can retire with a respectable franchise.

  4. ohand16 says: Jan 22, 2016 6:19 AM

    Incredibly, he is still twice the player that Jarvis Jones ever will be. What a waste of a pick.

  5. chicagofan4ever says: Jan 22, 2016 6:26 AM

    James Harrison, the new Brett Favre! To Retire or Not Retire, that is the question!

  6. kremis says: Jan 22, 2016 6:33 AM

    Listen, he will realize that since tebow destroyed the steelers in the playoffs years ago, that the steelers have o legitimate playoff wins. Why go through another long season knowing your team has o chance to win a playoff game unless coaches continue to break the rules and refs look the other way. If he doesn’t need anymore coin, He won’t be back

  7. holeinone09 says: Jan 22, 2016 6:33 AM

    I love this guy and how he approaches and plays the game. This guy is the prototypical old school football player, no nonsense, tough and dedicated. He would have fit in perfectly on the 70’s teams. Always in great shape. He effectively changed his tactics after the league decided to change the rules for hitting and he went from defensive player of the year to poster boy for illegal hits, and he should get a lot of credit for that. I hope he comes back for one more season. The Steelers may be the favorite to win it all next year with the horsepower they have, if they can remain healthier than they did this year.

    Yeah, the Bungals completely misused him when they were lucky enough to have him. Thanks for causing him to decide to come back home to Pittsburgh!

  8. clashpoint says: Jan 22, 2016 6:35 AM

    I hope he comes back, he played better than most backers this year. I liked the way the Steelers used all four of their top outside linebackers every game. Even if one goes down they still had depth. Run defense wasn’t the Steelers big issue last season and they did have 48 sacks. Real defensive improvement will need to come from the secondary.

    Go Steelers!

  9. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 22, 2016 6:50 AM

    He proved he still has a lot left in the tank, he also has a wealth of knowledge to pass into the young guys. This is nothing like the Favre situation because retire or play, he isn’t holding the team hostage.

  10. 13arod says: Jan 22, 2016 7:06 AM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn u know he hated playing the bengals right ?

  11. QCsteel55 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:07 AM

    Some players are just physical freaks and have crazy longevity. Harrison is a monster. I’m really going to miss him when he retires. But he could probably play a couple more years simply because of his physical conditioning. What a great storied career. Lol. I hate to say this but he could probably last longer than Big Ben at this point. J/K Don’t let me jinx my QB!

    As my favorite football player for over 10 years now, I just want to say congratulations for all you’ve done for the Steelers and our fans and though sometimes you can be a little extreme with things you say, it will always put a huge smile on my face when you publicly stated that you wouldn’t piss on Roger Goodell if he was on fire lolololol. Like seriously. Who has ever said something like that about one of their bosses publicly? Some days I wish I had the guts to say that lol

  12. abninf says: Jan 22, 2016 7:41 AM

    I personally don’t like him, but I’d keep getting that NFL paycheck as long as I could.

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 22, 2016 7:55 AM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Jan 22, 2016 6:14 AM
    Maybe the Bengals will give him a one day contract so he can retire with a respectable

    Only a real sick troll would be up at 6:14am to post this attempt at humor.

    A- for effort
    D- for creativity.
    Harrison is going to retire as another very proud non-felon Steeler.

  14. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 22, 2016 8:03 AM

    Harrison set the table for the Burficts of the league with his style of play.

  15. lscottman3 says: Jan 22, 2016 8:15 AM

    smart guy, he will decide right after training camp is over

  16. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 22, 2016 8:34 AM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Jan 22, 2016 6:14 AM
    Maybe the Bengals will give him a one day contract so he can retire with a respectable franchise.

    23 57

    you must have eaten a ton of paste as a grade schooler of a bucket of paint chips

  17. thetooloftools says: Jan 22, 2016 9:08 AM

    After the way he played the Bengals, bring him back for his brains alone. That was a classic move to hook them into doing something stupid.

  18. steelcurtainn says: Jan 22, 2016 9:20 AM

    Big Ben needs to talk him into staying one more year so he goes out with a bang…..A Superbowl Win! Then retire for good.

  19. routerunner says: Jan 22, 2016 9:38 AM

    James Harrison, there’s a guy who got where is is with pure clean play and good clean livin’. No dirty hits and nothing but chicken breast and 8 hours sleep a night. Yep, Mr. Clean.

  20. romo2witten says: Jan 22, 2016 9:50 AM

    Didn’t this guy beat up a woman? You would never guess based on the way some of the commenters are gushing about him.

  21. bazookajoeflacco says: Jan 22, 2016 9:55 AM

    Well one thing is for sure.
    He isnt helping them beat the Ravens considering the ravens have won 8 of the past 11 matchups

  22. isphet71 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:05 AM

    Like him or hate him, this dude is a freak to still be this good at his age in a sport where most dudes break down and are done by their early 30s. You have to be impressed.

  23. steelerben says: Jan 22, 2016 10:18 AM

    TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says:
    Jan 22, 2016 9:56 AM
    Funny what happened to this guy. When he started his career he wasn’t good enough to stick on an NFL roster and ended up with NFL Europa… and then he met Dr Rydze and became great… and then when Dr Rydze and his er, “help” disappeared he fell off the cliff and became average again.

    Funny how that works.


    Do you even watch football? James Harrison is 38 years old and is still making impact plays. In the Denver game he was consistently disrupting plays in their backfield.

    If you’d like to talk about him off the field, you have some ground to stand on. He is not the best citizen, to put it mildly. But you can not question his on field production, nor can you claim that his physical ability is based on doping, as he has never once been suspended for PED use. I understand that some people think the only way to make themselves and things that they like look better is by tearing down others, but take your own advice about haters.

  24. buckethead1 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:41 AM

    He was the best defensive player on the field last wknd…all 8 teams included….

  25. xavier179 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:46 AM

    As one of the dirtiest player in the NFL, please retire.

  26. boondockstlrssaint says: Jan 22, 2016 10:48 AM

    Deebo- I sincerely hope that you come back. I know there’s still a full tank of gas, as evidenced by most recent performances. If, in fact, your mind says that you’re done- thank you for all of the years of great service to your craft, and entertainment for the rest of us.
    Steelers Nation

  27. futures44 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:24 AM

    HGH has been this guys entire career. Without the Roids, Harrison never would of made it to the NFL. Not Hating just saying.

  28. justintuckrule says: Jan 22, 2016 11:25 AM

    He’s entered that stage of life where he has “Old Man Strumpf.” You can milk that for a good 2 more years.

  29. kevo95 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:40 AM

    One more year Big guy ,you fit in perfectly with the Black and yellow

  30. nhpats says: Jan 22, 2016 11:54 AM

    futures44 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:24 AM
    HGH has been this guys entire career. Without the Roids, Harrison never would of made it to the NFL. Not Hating just saying.

    So you are claiming that HGH is a steroid?

    You don’t really understand things do you….

  31. pftbro says: Jan 22, 2016 11:58 AM

    If he retires the rest of the league can worry less about concussions, illegal hits and dirty football…

  32. wldkat92 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:02 PM

    That interception return was the greatest play in Super Bowl History !

  33. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 22, 2016 12:58 PM

    kevo95 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:40 AM
    One more year Big guy ,you fit in perfectly with the Black and yellow

    He sure does.

    Poster boy indeed. Explains a lot about previous comments. Warped perception of what a great player really is.

    And you guys whine about Burfict. I’d like to say unbelieveable it’s really not.

  34. chromesoxbeamin says: Jan 22, 2016 1:16 PM

    I thought Jarvis Jones had a good rookie season…has he not panned out?

  35. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 24, 2016 8:04 AM

    Not only did Harrison beat up his girlfriend but Rooney said it was ok because he was trying to get his son baptized. The stink in that organization goes right up to the top.

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