NFL linebacker James Harrison has retired from football. The former Pittsburgh Steeler and Cincinnati Bengal made the announcement on his Facebook page.
I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today. My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game. I have missed too many experiences with them because I devoted SO much time to my career. My love for the game isn't strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school. I am retiring as a man who is truly grateful for all of his blessings. I am sincerely thankful to the people who have supported me over the years, first and foremost my family, the Rooney family and my Steeler family, also Mr. Brown, the Bengals organization and fans, and last but FAR from least, Steeler Nation. Thank you.
Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler and 2008 AP Defensive Player of the Year, was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He would help lead Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl titles, in 2005 and 2008, before joining the Bengals as a free agent in 2013. Harrison was released by Cincinnati this past March.
-- Alex Suskind