Former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison decided to retire Saturday after trying out with the Arizona Cardinals.
Outside linebacker James Harrison, who spent most of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, announced his retirement Saturday. The linebacker also spent the end of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals after being released by the Steelers.
Harrison emerged as a vital piece to the Steelers defense in 2007 when he broke out with 8.5 sacks.
He established himself as a premier NFL pass rusher in 2008 when he finished with 16 sacks and made a historical Super Bowl play with a 100-yard interception touchdown return. This play proved to be a difference maker as the Steelers won that game by three points.
The behemoth won Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2008 and posted double-digit sacks for the next two seasons and finished with 66 total in his career. He also made five Pro Bowl trips throughout his career.
Harrison had drawn interest from the Arizona Cardinals after being released by the Bengals, and he tried out for them.