Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison isn't ready to commit to another season just yet following Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Denver Broncos.
The 37-year-old belied in his age in the losing effort, recording seven tackles -three of which where he stopped the Broncos for negative yardage - along with a sack.
Asked about whether he'd return for the 2016 season, Harrison was weary of making a hasty decision.
"It's a little tougher for me because I'm in a situation where I'm a little uncertain about what I'm going to do," Harrison said to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I can't say that was it right now, I wouldn't be comfortable saying that."
Harrison originally retired in August 2014, but ended his hiatus by returning to the club the following month. One of the top linebackers of his generation, Harrison captured Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2008, steering the Steelers to the Super Bowl the same year.
During Super Bowl XLIII, Harrison recorded one of the iconic plays in the game's history, returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half against the Arizona Cardinals.
"I am getting older. That is an understatement," Harrison said via the Steelers' official website. "It's a lot harder on my body to recover and repair. The hardest thing for me is the offseason, the workouts, getting ready to prepare for the season. Once I get into season that is the easy part."
Harrison was a key contributor for the Steelers once again, recording 40 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception in 15 games. If the five-time Pro Bowler were to hang up his cleats for good, the Steelers would need to imminently address his departure.
We certainly hope to see him back on the field again next season.
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