Longtime Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Retiring "I've Missed Way Too Much"


Longtime Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Retiring "I've Missed Way Too Much"

Ross Houston
April 16, 2018

James Harrison's National Football League career is over after 16 years, the veteran linebacker announced Monday. He eventually became an NFL Defensive Player of the Year, five-time Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro in Pittsburgh.

Harrison played almost his entire career with the Steelers, collecting 80.5 of his 84.5 career sacks while wearing black and gold, a franchise record.

Harrison had a franchise-record 80.5 sacks in 14 seasons with the Steelers.


Harrison was named Defensive Player of the Year for the 2008 season, which he capped with the longest interception return in Super Bowl history, his 100-yard effort helping the Steelers to victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

This is the second time Harrison has called it quits. He signed with the New England Patriots in late December after getting released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Harrison announced his retirement on Instagram.


By the end of Harrison's career, he was spending $300,000 a year to fly out specialists to tend to his body, including an acupuncturist, a dry needlist, three massage therapists, two chiropractors, and a person who does cupping.

At a position where few last into their mid-30s, Harrison continued to thrive.

Harrison, who turns 40 next month, posted a collage of pictures of his two sons and noted he's "missed way too much for way too long. and I'm done". He signed with the New England Patriots last offseason.


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