Ex-Steelers, Patriots LB Harrison to retire


Linebacker James Harrison, who turns 40 on May 4, has decided to retire from the NFL after 15 seasons.
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. Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life."
Harrison, who signed with the New England Patriots on Dec. 26 after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, had said in the week leading up to Super Bowl LII that he hoped to play another season or two.
Harrison ended up being used a lot more than many anticipated 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 Super Bowl LII.
That reflected, in part, how the Patriots had a dire need for at their end-of-the-line linebacker position in 2017.