Former Jets linebacker retires after 11 seasons
Former linebacker for the New York Jets David Harris has retired after 11 seasons in the NFL.
Harris made this announcement on his Twitter on Feb. 23, 2018. He tweeted, “After 11 years of having played the greatest team sport at its highest level. It's now time for me to announce my retirement from the NFL."
Harris spent his first ten seasons with the Jets, who acquired him as a second-round draft pick from the University of Michigan in 2007. Harris was released by the Jets in June and was signed a two-year contract deal with the AFC East rival New England Patriots, according to USA Today.
The 34-year-old was a "role player" with the Patriots, appearing in 10 regular season games during the 2017 season. However, he didn't play in any postseason games, including the 2018 Super Bowl.
Harris’s retirement will save New England $21 million on their salary cap next season.
Harris led the Jets in tackles for nine of his 10 seasons. He was also the leader of the locker room by leading by example and work ethic, not words.
Harris was also named a second alternate for the 2009 Pro Bowl and was a second team All-Star Pro pick in 2011.
"Players like David Harris don't come around very often. He's one of the best players and people I've ever coached. I have nothing but the highest respect for him as a person and a leader. He is an example of everything you want from a player. I am proud to have coached him and wish him and his family the best," Jets coach Todd Bowles told USA Today.