Former and long-time Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has officially announced his retirement from American football in a move to give more attention to his family which he admits is sorely lacking.
Apparently Harrison has placed more weight on his career and at a budding age of 36, Harrison remained grateful at his accomplishments and blessings why playing in the National Football League.
Harrison had a colorful football career which include that of being the 2008 defensive MVP as well as being a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time First Team. The undrafted free agent who was signed by the Steelers in 2002 also boasts of two Super Bowl Rings in his resume. His career statistics includes 645 tackles, 66 quarter sacks, 6 interceptions and 29 forced fumbles.
His defensive talent was apparently something that drew attention, being target of fines and punishments. That included the NFL tracking down illegal and unsafe hits, something that according to reports had a hand for Harrison to mull retirement. Harrison last played with the Cincinnati Bengals but was released in March 13.
Now on whether his desire to provide more family time (according to his FB post) is the real reason behind his retirement or not remains to be seen. And if you dissect his statement where he mentioned “My love for the game isn’t strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday…” placing this and the NFL crackdown does spur up some issues on his sudden desire to retire.