James Harrison to Retire as a Pittsburgh Steeler


Last weekend via social media, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement from the NFL. Today, on the South Side, he will make it official and retire after signing a one-day contract back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The press conference will be live streamed via steelers.com so you can check it out. The press conference is scheduled to start at 2pm ET Friday afternoon. This certainly won’t be a press conference you’d want to miss out on.

It seems as though there was some unresolved tension and issues between Harrison and the Steelers front office after the two sides could not agree to contract terms in the offseason before last year. The Steelers had requested Harrison take a pay cut and he refused. The team cut him and he ended up signing a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals for less money than the Steelers were offering. He had a seemingly nonexistent season with the Bengals as he didn’t quite transition well into their 4-3 defensive scheme and saw very little playing time. The Bengals released him this offseason and he went through training camp and all of preseason unsigned by a team before a tryout with the Arizona Cardinals made him realize it was time for retirement.

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James Harrison recorded 64 sacks with the Steelers and will always be remembered for one of, if not the best, defensive plays in Super Bowl history. He’ll also be remembered as a linebacker who truly scared the crap out of quarterbacks and had three of the best seasons a linebacker could have between 2008 and 2010. Also, he got fined a lot and said that if Roger Goodell was on fire he wouldn’t piss on him to put him out. James Harrison is truly one of a kind and definitely worthy of retiring officially as a Pittsburgh Steeler.

What is your favorite James Harrison memory?