LB Harrison retires with 40th birthday approaching

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In December, Harrison joined the New England Patriots after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He indicated that spending more time with his family played the biggest role in his decision.

The five-time Pro Bowler announced his retirement on Instagram Monday morning, ending his 15-year career in which he spent most of his time with the Steelers.

He played 90 percent of the team's defensive snaps in Super Bowl LII and was arguably their most effective player on the front seven.

"I've missed way too much for way too long.and I'm done", Harrison wrote on his Instagram account.

Harrison had 84.5 sacks, 34 forced fumbles, 26 passes defensed, nine fumble recoveries, eight interceptions and a touchdown in 193 career appearances.

Harrison, who made a brief retirement in 2014 before rejoining the Steelers weeks later, finished with 793 tackles, including 84.5 quarterback sacks, in 193 National Football League games.

Father Time appeared to finally get the better of Harrison in 2017, though. Harrison lashed out at commissioner Roger Goodell, calling him "a crook" in a 2011 magazine article. He signed a deal with Cincinnati in the spring of 2013 but played only sparingly, leading him to retire in the fall of 2014.

Harrison, who will turn 40 in a few weeks, was signed in 2003 by the Ravens after being cut by the Steelers in 2002. He signed with the New England Patriots last offseason.