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Longtime NFL linebacker James Harrison has announced his retirement from football for the second time, and it's looking like this one is the last.

The 39-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers legend took to Instagram to officially announce that he will not be returning to the gridiron next season and has wrapped up his on-field career. 

Harrison noted that he has missed too much for too long in regards to his family; before offering thanks to his family, coaches, and fans who played a role in his life in football.

The future Hall Of Famer is set to turn 40 next month, and initially retired back in 2014 before returning to play for the Steelers just three weeks later. Here's what Harrison had to say:

"I've missed way too much for way too long...and I'm done.

"Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life.

#2ndAndFinalRetirement
#HarrisonFamilyValues
#BlessedAndHighlyFavored #GodsPlan"

If Harrison truly is done playing the game, what a storied career he has had. The Kent State alumni was undrafted back in 2002 due in large part to many scouts believing he was too small to be a pass rusher.

Harrison then journeyed to the NFL's European team, Rhein Fire, in 2003. He would eventually land on the Steelers' roster and made a name for himself over the next several years.

After an NFL Defensive Player Of The Year Award, five Pro Bowl appearances, two first team All-Pro seasons, and a Super Bowl win - Harrison is undoubtably one of the game's greatest of all time.

He is also the Steelers' all-time sack leader with a ridiculous 80.5. After spending 10 seasons with the Steelers, Harrison spent a season with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013. He would return to the Steelers for two more seasons before eventually being cut in late 2017.

Harrison then signed on with the New England Patriots for their playoff run, and made it to the Super Bowl where he and his team lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 41 - 33.

Now, Harrison has decided to hang up the cleats after a classic Super Bowl appearance where he started the game. Here are how some fans are reacting to the news:

"Congrats James! You have definitely earned it! Enjoy your family time"

"One of the greatest"

"Congrats on an amazing career. Enjoy time with your family."

"From undrafted to legend.. congrats from a seahawks fan"

"Most feared man in Football. Thank you for all the memories @jhharrison92 u will forever be remembered. My 1 yr old already looks up to you #92harrison #SNUproud #SteelerNation"

"Please settle your differences with the Steelers and retire wearing the jersey of the team that loves you most! Nothing will ever take away our love and respect for you and what you did for our team! Greatest Play in Super Bowl History! Period."

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What's your reaction to Harrison deciding to officially hang up his football cleats and call it a career? Do you think that now is the right time for the 40-year-old linebacker to walk away from the gridiron? And what is your favorite moment of Harrison's storied NFL career? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!

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