After speaking to the Patriots about a possible return next season, James Harrison is calling it a career.
The linebacker announced his retirement earlier this morning on his Instagram page. Cut in mid-December by the Steelers, the team he made his bones with, he signed with New England for the final few weeks of the regular season.
Including the postseason, Harrison played in four games for the Patriots, registering two regular season sacks and a forced fumble. In the playoffs, Harrison had six tackles and a quarterback hit.
Harrison will be remembered as a Steelers legend (80.5 sacks and a 100-yard pick six in a Super Bowl will do that), but I will always have an irrational love for the guy for the way he bolted Pittsburgh for New England and made an entire fan base and team go absolutely mental.