Steelers great James Harrison announces retirement

James Harrison calls it quits again

The Pittsburgh Steelers' all-time sack leader has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Harrison split last season between the Steelers and the New England Patriots.

This isn't the first time Harrison has hung up his cleats, but it's likely to have more finality than his initial flirtation with retirement.

The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and the 2008 National Football League defensive player of the year was released by the Steelers on December 23 to make room for right tackle Marcus Gilbert.

By the end of Harrison's career, he was spending $300,000 a year to fly out specialists to tend to his body, including an acupuncturist, a dry needlist, three massage therapists, two chiropractors, and a person who does cupping.

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Harrison finishes his career with 84.5 sacks, 34 forced fumbles and eight interceptions to go along with 795 total tackles.

This one appears to be the official end.The 39-year-old pass rusher announced on Instagram on Monday morning he is calling it a career."I've missed way too much for way too long", Harrison wrote.

This is the second time Harrison has called it quits. He signed a deal with Cincinnati in the spring of 2013 but played only sparingly, leading him to retire in the fall of 2014.

An undrafted free agent out of college, Harrison signed with the Steelers in 2002 and, after a spell in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire in 2003, returned to Pittsburgh in 2004 and began to make his presence felt. However, he had a change of heart and continued to play on for a few more seasons.

The Patriots and Harrison had been in contact earlier this offseason about a possible return, but those talks never materialized into a new contract.

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