AKRON, Ohio — Former Kent State Golden Flashes and future NFL Hall of Fame 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, an undrafted linebacker from Kent State, signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He worked his way to become a five-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time Super Bowl Champion with the Steelers ( XL and XLIII), along with playing for NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire and brief stints with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.
After the 2013 season, he came out of retirement to return to the Steelers, and spent his final NFL season with the New England Patriots making a trip to Super Bowl LII Harrison is the Steelers’ all-time sack leader, with 80.5.