Steelers release James Harrison after four seasons

Steelers release James Harrison

after four seasons.

By: James Jackson
December 23, 2017

After spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, star linebacker James Harrison has been released. Harrison’s release is believed to be because the Steelers needed to make room for Marcus Gilbert, who is coming off a suspension.

Harrison is the franchise leader in sacks with 80.5 sacks in a Steelers uniform. Despite a stellar career in Pittsburgh, his role on the team decreased as the Steelers drafted T.J. Watt. Harrison doesn’t appear to be hanging up his cleats however, as his agent Bill Parise discussed to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

"There was no animosity or bad feelings. It's just the business of the NFL," Parise said. "I believe he still wants to play. We'll have to wait and see what happens with waivers."

Harrison discussed his plans for the future on his Instagram.

“Can't wait to find out what God has in store for me next. Many thanks to #SteelersNation for the years of love & support”

Harrison is a 5x pro-bowler and 2008 AP Defensive Player Of The Year. In Super Bowl XLIII  Harrison had a 100-yard pick six, longest in Super Bowl history.


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