Former Steelers star linebacker Harrison announces retirement

James Harrison finishes his career with 66 sacks.


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Former Steelers star linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement Saturday.

Harrison, who spent the first nine years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, played with the Bengals last season. He finished with 66 career sacks.

"I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today," he wrote on his Facebook page. "My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game. I have missed too many experiences with them because I devoted SO much time to my career. My love for the game isn’t strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school. I am retiring as a man who is truly grateful for all of his blessings."

Harrison might be best known for his 100-yard interception return for a touchdown during Super Bowl XLIII, helping the Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23. He totaled 36.5 sacks from 2008 to 2010 while with the Steelers.

Harrison played in 15 games last season in Cincinnati, finishing with two sacks.