Former Steelers LB James Harrison Officially Retires

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 | 0


Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison has called it a career today after visiting with the Arizona Cardinals and deciding that he simply doesn’t have the desire for the game left.

The polarizing heavy hitter took to his Facebook account to offer the following words to his fans and make his announcement official:

“I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today. 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. I am sincerely thankful to the people who have supported me over the years, first and foremost my family, the Rooney family and my Steeler family, also Mr. Brown, the Bengals organization and fans, and last but FAR from least, Steeler Nation. Thank you.”

Harrison spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals after playing 10 seasons with the Steelers. He was entrenched as a backup for years there before finally breaking out as a star, winning the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award while executing one of the best defensive touchdowns of all-time in the Steelers’ Super Bowl win over the Arizona Cardinals.

All told, Harrison made five Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro twice, not a bad resume for a linebacker who repeatedly released by the Steelers early on in his career. He will likely go down as one of the most feared linebackers of his time.

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