New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and two-time Super Bowl winner, linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement through his official Facebook page Saturday.
Harrison stated, “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,” he added.
Harrison entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2002.
The 36-year-old spent the first 10 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and suited up for the Cincinnati Bengals for his final year last season.
Harrison struggled for the Bengals seeing limited action. He only had 30 tackles and two sacks in 15 games.
Reports stated that Harrison tried to make another run at it, meeting with the Arizona Cardinals last week, but no deal was reached.
Harrison was a major piece for the Steelers when they won the Super Bowl in 2005 and 2008.
The most notable play of his career was the 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII against the Arizona Cardinals.
Harrison also expressed his gratitude to owners he worked under, Art Rooney II and Mike Brown.