PITTSBURGH – James Harrison ended his career back where it began.
The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker officially retired from the NFL on Friday after signing a one-day contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 36-year-old spent more than a decade with the franchise before playing for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013.
The Bengals cut Harrison, who made his NFL debut in 2002, in March. He looked for another opportunity before deciding the will to play could no longer compete with the desire to stay home with his two young sons.
Harrison retires with 68 career sacks and a reputation as one of the hardest-hitting players in league history.