As of Monday morning, when James Harrison announced his retirement, media outlets around the NFL all said something very similar:
“James Harrison retires...again”
After Harrison’s 2014 retirement, then return to the Steelers until the 2017 season, a second retirement typically doesn’t get as much attention. Nonetheless, despite how Harrison left the Steelers for the New England Patriots last season, plenty of his current, and former, teammates took to social media to congratulate him on a great career.
While some of the more vocal players to denounce Harrison after he left, like Maurkice Pouncey and Bud Dupree, have yet to offer their congratulations, you can tell Harrison left an indelible mark on the organization, and not just the record books.
See what players had to say about the man they called “Deebo” on social media following his retirement announcement:
(Editor’s Note: This article could be updated as more players take to social media offering up their congratulations for a great career.)
Was a lot of fun @jharrison9292— Brett Keisel (@bkeisel99) April 17, 2018
Let’s go fishing pic.twitter.com/5bKsCKWrPN
Congrats on a great career Deebo! https://t.co/FNw4HWpU7B— Bruce Gradkowski (@bgradkowski5) April 16, 2018
@jharrison9292 Salute! #MACtion— #QuiickBandz #BOSrackz (@civilSAVAGE1) April 16, 2018
Salute to a legend and a friend. Only thing left is the HOF. pic.twitter.com/8IVKzekmLe— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) April 16, 2018
Thankfully I never got the pleasure of being tackled by James Harrison. They always held him out of camp.— The Bishop (@JoshHarris25) April 16, 2018
The game is losing a Legend. I want to truly thank this guy for everything he taught me. He has… https://t.co/EskR6Bb6vn— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) April 16, 2018
.@jharrison9292 don’t have enough character explain how I feel about you as an person and teammate...— Ike Taylor (@Ike_SwagginU) April 16, 2018
LOVE YOU... https://t.co/zsQ8Wq5vsU