NFL Veteran James Harrison Announces He's Retiring

NFL Veteran James Harrison Announces He's Retiring

However, he has made a decision to leave football in the rearview.

James Harrison announced on Instagram this morning that he was retiring from the National Football League, again. Harrison seems excited to spend more time with his children this time.

"I've missed way too much for way too long...and I'm done", Harrison wrote. He'll leave the league with 84.5 career sacks after he went undrafted out of Kent State and joined the Steelers in 2002. The five-time Pro Bowler and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year announced on Instagram he is stepping away from the game following a 15-year career.

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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. He retired briefly in September 2014 only to be lured back to the Steelers. However, he had a change of heart and continued to play on for a few more seasons.

He also appeared in the Super Bowl in 2011 with the Steelers and in February with the Patriots. To prove himself, Harrison played for NFL Europe's Rhein Fire in 2003. The Ravens were reportedly interested in Harrison, but he signed with the Patriots, causing an uproar in Pittsburgh.

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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