James Harrison calls time on his National Football League career

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James Harrison calls time on his National Football League career

James Harrison's National Football League career is over after 16 years, the veteran linebacker announced Monday. He had just three tackles in five appearances for the Steelers before Pittsburgh released him with two games left in the regular season.

Harrison says he's ready to spend more time with his friends and family.

He was named the 2008 NHL Defensive Player of the Year and was named to five Pro Bowls in his career.

He played 69 snaps in the Patriots' Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is taking a second crack at retirement.

Harrison when undrafted when he came into the league back in 2002.

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"I've missed way too much for way too long. and I'm done", Harrison wrote ion the Instagram post, along with pictures of his children.

And what did Harrison do with his newly found free time? Harrison lashed out at commissioner Roger Goodell, calling him "a crook" in a 2011 magazine article. It lasted all of 18 days.

Harrison, 39, retired in 2014 after 11 seasons, but returned to play 11 games with the Steelers later that year.

Harrison announced his retirement on Instagram.

A year ago, the Steel City was rooting for their aging veteran to pound out one more season and hang up the cleats in the locker room he established himself in. The Ravens were reportedly interested in Harrison, but he signed with the Patriots, causing an uproar in Pittsburgh.

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