James Harrison calls time on his National Football League career

James Harrison calls time on his National Football League career

Harrison, 39, was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers last season but joined the New England Patriots on December 26 and helped the team reach the Super Bowl. However, he has chose to leave football in the rearview.

On Monday, April 16, Harrison announced on Instagram that he's retiring for the second and final time.

Whether you still look at Harrison as a bigger villain than Le'Veon Bell, you have to acknowledge his time in Pittsburgh.

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

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Harrison played almost his entire career with the Steelers and the 84.5 sacks he collected while wearing black-and-gold are a franchise record.

The five-time Pro Bowler and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is known for his wild workouts, and he appeared at the gym soon after his announcement. He retired briefly in September 2014 only to be lured back to the Steelers.

With his career now over, Harrison can begin polishing up the speech he'll deliver in Canton, Ohio. Harrison returned to the Steelers in 2011. However, he had a change of heart and continued to play on for a few more seasons. Even if the stats have him at the top, the fans will forever remember his move to the dark side (New England) over his 15 sack season or Defensive Player of the Year.

The Steelers released him late in the season to make room for offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, who was being activated from a suspension.

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