It seems like only yesterday that James Harrison was one of the most imposing pass rushers in the NFL, serving as one the key players on vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive units.
Besides his play on the field, who can forget the equally intimidating things he would say off the field, his battles with commissioner Roger Goodell, and that one photo shoot of him with the guns and stuff? An interesting fella, that Harrison.
That does not seem long ago, yet after failing to agree to contract terms with the Arizona Cardinals this week, Harrison has decided to retire from the NFL.
I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today. My love for my family and the need to be there for them… http://t.co/ImKsz4K5Pt
— James Harrison (@jharrison9292) August 30, 2014
At age 36, Harrison calls it a career with 66 career sacks in 145 games played. Harrison played all of those season but one with the Steelers, playing 2013 as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Harrison’s production had been dropping down gradually over the last few seasons, with his production bottoming out in 2013 as he recorded only 16 tackles and two sacks in 15 games.
Anymore we have to always leave open the possibility that a player will attempt a comeback in years immediately after he retires, but it sounds like Harrison is at peace with his decision and will move on, remembered as one scary dude by all.
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