James Harrison retires with Instagram post

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James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers' all-time sacks leader who was waived by the team just before Christmas and ended up in the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, announced his retirement on Twitter this morning.

In an Instagram post on his account that features photos of his children, he writes: "I've missed way too much for way too long...and I'm done".

Having gone undrafted in 2002, he eventually joined the Pittsburgh roster in 2004 where he won the Super Bowl in 2006 and 2009, where he famously scored an 100-yard interception touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. Regardless of what you think about his departure from the Steelers, he will forever remain one of the powerful aspects of one of the greatest defenses of all time, the mid-2000s Pittsburgh Steelers.

The New England Patriots signed Harrison three days later and used him in a key role in their run to the Super Bowl two months ago, when the Patriots lost to Philadelphia 41-33.


At the end of the 2017 National Football League season, Harrison ranked No. 7 on the NFL's list of active sack leaders, with a total of 84.5 in 193 games.

Harrison finishes his career with 84.5 sacks, 34 forced fumbles and eight interceptions to go along with 795 total tackles.

Be sure to do an extra bench press and set of leg squats for James Harrison on Monday.

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