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James Harrison’s NFL career is over after 15 years, the veteran linebacker announced Monday.
“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 wrote on Instagram.
This isn’t the first time Harrison hanged up his cleats, but it’s likely to have more finality than his initial flirtation with retirement. That lasted a little over two weeks before he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in September 2014.
Harrison entered rare company by deciding to come back for the 2017 season. According to Pro Football Reference, Junior Seau and Clay Matthews were the only two linebackers who continued playing into age 39.
Ben Roethlisberger thought his former teammate defied the aging curve.
“He doesn’t show any signs of slowing down,” the Steelers quarterback said, per the MMQB’s Tim Rohan. “If anything, he’s getting better. Whatever special, magical, chemical, herbal thing that he’s doing—maybe we all should do it.”
Showing off his intense dedication, Harrison routinely posted videos of his workouts on Instagram:
Father Time appeared to finally get the better of Harrison in 2017,