Pittsburgh Steelers: James Harrison retires after 15 seasons

Pittsburgh Steelers: James Harrison retires after 15 seasons

Harrison split last season between the Steelers and the New England Patriots. However, he has chose to leave football in the rearview.

Harrison announced his decision on Instagram Monday morning.

Whether you still look at Harrison as a bigger villain than Le'Veon Bell, you have to acknowledge his time in Pittsburgh.

Harrison made the announcement on social media, saying he's "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 said.

With his career now over, Harrison can begin polishing up the speech he'll deliver in Canton, Ohio. He was a Pro Bowler for five straight seasons from 2007-2011, a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2008 and 2010, and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

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And what did Harrison do with his newly found free time?

At a position where few last into their mid-30s, Harrison continued to thrive.

The Steelers released him late in the season to make room for offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, who was being activated from a suspension.

So, farewell James. If things ended differently, the Steelers would've enshrined you into history with highlights of your 100-yard Super Bowl interception, or some of the jaw-dropping hits you've put on players throughout the years. The Ravens were reportedly interested in Harrison, but he signed with the Patriots, causing an uproar in Pittsburgh.

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