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Patriots linebacker James Harrison may be 39, but he's taking inspiration from another famous teammate when it comes to retirement: "I maybe want to play a year at 40, maybe 41," he recently told ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Signed midyear from the conference-rival Steelers, Harrison has tallied 11 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble in three games in Foxborough. He'll be a free agent after the season, but said that he's not ready to retire just yet. "I don't see this being where I want to stop at right now."

Harrison did mention, however, that he'll have to retire eventually so that his son can begin playing tackle football: "I told my son [James III] he could play contact football when I stop, so I'm going to have to give it up in the near future, so he can start getting adjusted to playing. I don't want him to wait too long." From the sound of it, two years is the most Harrison will continue to play, though he could retire sooner depending on the circumstances.


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Aidan Stenson 1/30/2018 02:16:00 AM Edit
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