Former Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison, who turns 40 this May, is retiring from the NFL.
In an Instagram post, Harrison said, “I’ve missed way too much for way too long…and I’m done. Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life.”
Harrison signed with the Patriots on December 26 of last season, leaving the Steelers because he was not playing enough. He ended playing more than anticipated for the Patriots due to a string of long term injuries to the secondary. He play 69 snaps in Super Bowl LII, after only playing in 40 snaps in 14 games for the Steelers.
Harrison has previously told ESPN, ”I told my son [James III] he could play contact football when I stop, so I’m going to have to give it up in the near future, so he can start getting adjusted to playing. I don’t want him to wait too long.”
Harrison had a franchise-record 80.5 sacks in 14 seasons with the Steelers.