James Harrison retires

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James Harrison is calling it a career.

Harrison, the linebacker who will turn 40 next month, wrote on Instagram that he has decided to retire, and this time he means it. Harrison previously announced his retirement four years ago but then decided to keep playing.

“I’ve missed way too much for way too long,” Harrison wrote next to a picture of his children. “I’m done. Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life.”

Harrison initially signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in 2002, briefly spent time with the Ravens and NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire, and then really made his mark with the Steelers starting in 2004. He was a Pro Bowler for five straight years from 2007 to 2011 and the NFL defensive player of the year in 2008. After one year with the Bengals in 2013, he went back to the Steelers in 2014. They cut him last season and he finished his career with the Patriots.

55 responses to “James Harrison retires

  1. Unbelievable career. Thanks for being an exciting player to watch… Good luck Mr Harrison!

  2. He’s also been fined an undisclosed amount for not having return postage on his retirement papers

  3. I’ll never forget screaming at the top of my lungs in the super bowl right before the half, JUST PUSH HIM OUT OF BOUNDS! HE CANT TAKE IT 100 YARDS ON US!!!!!!! He did and had a great career. One mean looking dude too…

  4. slomojoe1 says:
    April 16, 2018 at 7:52 am
    Good decision, this way he gets to retire at the pinnacle of his career, as a Patriot player

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    Wrong. Assuming he’s actually retiring, it’ll be as a FA. He’s unsigned.

  5. I enjoyed watching his long and distinguished tenure as a Patriot. I understand he had a cup of coffee early in his career with the Steelers and demonstrated some degree of success there. I’m not quite sure of the details though.

  6. Good riddance to one of the dirtiest players in NFL history. He will only be missed because fewer opposing players will be injured during his absence.

  7. as a packers fan, He was my biggest concern heading into SB 45…..luckily he did nothing that game.

    I still say that his pick-6 against the Cards in the SB is the greatest play in the history of the SB

  8. He and the Steelers need to forget the final two months of the season ever happened.

    Steelers fans, don’t forget what he did for us for many years. Should’ve never been cut last season to begin with…then he wouldn’t have had the chance to even go to New England!

  9. One of the all time greats. Should have retired a Steeler rather than joining NE. Maybe the Steelers will sign him to a one day contract to do so.

  10. He’ll be back once training camp is over and some desperate team offers up enough money.

  11. But what is New England going to do now with no James Harrison. Appreciate everything deebo did for the Steelers when he was in the burg but his big mistake is when he left and went out a superbowl loser.

  12. slomojoe1 says:
    April 16, 2018 at 7:52 am
    Good decision, this way he gets to retire at the pinnacle of his career, as a Patriot player.

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    With a SB loss. Hardly a pinnacle of a career, what did he play in, like 4 games? And to remind you, they lost. His own personal peak was much earlier, although he was still effective to the end.

    He will retire a Steeler, (and I am not a Steeler fan, at all) the organization with the most rings, likely the most storied history, 4 head coaches in the entire SB era, etc. Good for him. He is definitely part of that lore.

  13. steelcurtainn says:
    April 16, 2018 at 9:26 am
    But what is New England going to do now with no James Harrison. Appreciate everything deebo did for the Steelers when he was in the burg but his big mistake is when he left and went out a superbowl loser.

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    Yeah because going out in your first playoff game is always a better option

  14. One of the greatest career from an undrafted player in the NFL. Whether you believe he is or is not a hall of famer his career at least puts him in the discussion.

  15. Yeah because going out in your first playoff game is always a better option
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    IMO, it’s much better to go out in a playoff game with a team you been with practically your entire career then to jump ship to N.E for a few games of playing time to try and collect another sb ring. Deebo himself has called the pats cheaters in the past.

  16. 7timechamp says:

    April 16, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Good Man! Always accused of performance enhancing drug taker. Never had a dirty test. BEAST!!!
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    Lance Armstrong says hi!

  17. He still owns the most exciting play for a TD with no time left in a Super Bowl. He had many rules changed for his style of play, he was a NFL player for sure.

  18. Human version of a pitbull. He looks mean, and given the chance, he’ll prove he is mean. Routinely saw him take cheap shots on guys as they were stepping out of bounds. The number of concussions in the league will drop significantly in 2018.

  19. ikeclanton says:

    I enjoyed watching his long and distinguished tenure as a Patriot. I understand he had a cup of coffee early in his career with the Steelers and demonstrated some degree of success there. I’m not quite sure of the details though.

    Ike is typical Pats fan – unaware of the importance of a tough defense. Not surprising, since James won Def POY in ’08, and not one – ZERO – Patriot has won the award since it was started in 1971.

  20. I guess it is time. I love the idea that at 40 he could still start at OLB.

    I hope he finds peace in retirement; living without the intensity of an NFL Season.

    Mean Joe Green might be a good mentor at this stage.

  21. Harrison was one of the players you hated to play against he was so good and hit so hard. That’s probably the biggest compliment you could pay to an opponent. Dude was a genetic freak to play this long in one of the toughest positions.

  22. Wishing Mr. Harrison the best. Even though he only played only a short time for the Patriots he at least can say he played for the best coach of all time for 4 games. And with the all time great QB Tom Brady.
    After Belichick he could never go back to that clown of a coach they have in Pittsburgh.

  23. My favorite Harrison moment was when he body slammed the drunk CLE fan who got on the field. Awesome.

  24. Congrats go out to James for one heck of a career… Bravo!
    Twice a Super Bowl champion, multiple Pro Bowler and
    the league Defensive MVP , such a distinguished career.
    Easily one of the all time Steelers greats ever and one of
    the most feared defenders on some great defenses.
    He set the tone on the field and made offenses take notice.

    Not only did he tackle football players, he also tackled rowdy
    drunken fans, as that poor Browns fan once found out.

    He left us with some of the most memorable plays ever, as well as
    some interesting quotes about Goodell. He played the game
    as tough as anyone, and his 5 AM workouts were simply insane.
    He was all about football and family.

    Hope Pittsburgh signs him and allows him retire a Steeler.
    One of the greatest to ever play for that storied franchise.
    Much respect for the player known as ‘Deebo’.

  25. dangguy says:
    April 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm
    Wishing Mr. Harrison the best. Even though he only played only a short time for the Patriots he at least can say he played for the best coach of all time for 4 games. And with the all time great QB Tom Brady.
    After Belichick he could never go back to that clown of a coach they have in Pittsburgh

    Uh…hello another Pats fanboy.. I would bet even odds that both Big Ben & Tomlin end up in the HOF. BTW he also won 2 SB’s in Pitt, one w/ Tomlin. Most teams would take that ‘clown” to coach their team, don’t you think??

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