James Harrison announces retirement after 16 seasons

New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison left tries to fight through a block by New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Foxborough Mass

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has announced he will retire from the NFL.

Harrison joined the Patriots in December 2017 for their playoff run, appearing in three regular season games and all three postseason games for New England.

At the end of the season, he entered free agency.

"I've missed way too much for way too long...and I'm done", Harrison wrote.


He finished off the post with the hashtag #2ndAndFinalRetirement. He initially retired in the summer of 2014 but returned that fall and played four more seasons. He finishes his career as the Steelers' all-time leader in sacks with 80.5.

The five-time Pro Bowler announced his retirement on Instagram Monday morning, ending his 15-year career in which he spent most of his time with the Steelers.

Earlier this month, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Harrison meant to play in 2018 and hoped to sign with someone as a free agent after this month's draft, but apparently he's had a change of heart.

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