Reports are claiming that longtime NFL linebacker James Harrison is announcing his retirement. This news came on Monday morning, according to Smoke Room.
Harrison is a two time Super Bowl champion and played 15 years in the NFL. The champion spent the majority of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he also made a mid-season transfer to the New England Patriots in December of last year.
It appears that Harrison believes that his career should come to an end. As a result, early this morning, Harrison announced that his long-time career is coming to a swift end.
“I’ve missed way too much for way too long…and I’m done,” Harrison wrote on Instagram. “Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life.”
Harrison made the announcement via a post on Instagram. On the post, he included some pictures of his children, who he looks forward to spending more time with after retiring from professional football.
"I've missed way too much for way too long... and I'm done," he said, referring to his family.
Harrison has been critical of the NFL's leadership in the past and has called NFL commissioner Roger Goodwell a "crook" and a "puppet."
The ESPN website writes that Harrison was signed with the New England Patriots on December 26 after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. This news has come as a surprise, especially since in the week leading up to the Super Bowl he claimed that he hoped to continue playing for another season or two.
During his career, Harrison was used more than many anticipate by New England. After having played just 40 snaps over 14 games with the Steelers last season, Harrison was on the field for 69 snaps.
In the recent past, Harrison told ESPN that, "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."
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