James Harrison officially retires from the NFL after 15 seasons

James Harrison's career will be challenging to gauge given his late arrival to the league as a regular starter and lack of sacks, which is as much about the Steelers' deployment of his talents as Harrison himself.

Kahron Spearman

James Harrison, for the second time, has retired from football after 15 years with the Steelers, Bengals, and Patriots.


He once retired for approximately two weeks in 2014 but decided to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Pro Football Reference, by playing in 2017, he joined all-times greats Junior Seau and Clay Matthews as the only linebackers who played into age 39.

His incredible story started as an overlooked, undersized player who clocked time with the NFL Europe's Rhein Fire. He would later become a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro first team selection. 


A two-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers, Harrison finishes his career with 84.5 sacks, 34 forced fumbles, and 573 total tackles.

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.

After winning Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, Harrison came up huge on football's biggest stage. 


During Super Bowl XLIII, Harrison intercepted a pass from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner at his own goal line and ran it back for a 100-yard touchdown at the end of the first half. 


The play is the longest in Super Bowl history.