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James Harrison announces he is retiring

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New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison left tries to fight through a block by New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Foxborough Mass

But after a controversial ending, James Harrison is calling it a career in Foxborough, and you can bet no Steelers fans will be attending his retirement party. Harrison is set to turn 40 this May.

Whether you still look at Harrison as a bigger villain than Le'Veon Bell, you have to acknowledge his time in Pittsburgh. He eventually became an NFL Defensive Player of the Year, five-time Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro in Pittsburgh.

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He also appeared in the Super Bowl in 2011 with the Steelers and in February with the Patriots. He'll leave the league with 84.5 career sacks after he went undrafted out of Kent State and joined the Steelers in 2002.

James Harrison calls it quits again. He was fined four times during the 2010 season alone for what the National Football League considered illegal or unnecessary hits. He announced in August he was done, but Harrison returned to the field in September. However, he had a change of heart and continued to play on for a few more seasons. He played sparingly for much of 2017 and the Steelers granted him his release in December. He finished among the top three on the team in sacks every year from 2014-16, and his pressure forced a hold by Kansas City left tackle Eric Fisher that negated the tying two-point conversion by the Chiefs in the divisional round of the 2016 playoffs. The Ravens were reportedly interested in Harrison, but he signed with the Patriots, causing an uproar in Pittsburgh.

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