Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Linebacker, Harrison Retires

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

James Harrison's National Football League career is over after 16 years, the veteran linebacker announced Monday.

"I've missed way too much for way too long", Harrison wrote Monday morning, in a post featuring a collage of his children.

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.

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.

He played 69 snaps in the Patriots' Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Harrison's physical play at times ran him into trouble with the league office.

With his career now over, Harrison can begin polishing up the speech he'll deliver in Canton, Ohio. However, he had a change of heart and continued to play on for a few more seasons.

Harrison, who turns 40 next month, retired for the first time in August 2014, only to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers less than a month later after the team's defense suffered a number of injuries.

That marked the second Lombardi Trophy of Harrison's career, having also triumphed with the Steelers three years previous against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. The Ravens sent him to NFL Europe before eventually releasing him.

The Patriots and Harrison had been in contact earlier this offseason about a possible return, but those talks never materialized into a new contract.

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