Former Jets linebacker David Harris announced his retirement on Friday.
“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 said in a statement.
Harris, 34, was released by the Jets in a surprise move last June. It was part of a roster purge of veteran players.
Harris went on to sign with the Patriots, but he played in only 10 regular-season games and had 16 tackles and 1 ½ sacks in a limited role. He wasn’t active in any postseason games, including the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
“I don’t play much, but that’s what being on a good team is all about,” Harris said at Super Bowl LII Opening Night. “Everybody has to buy in. It’s a team like I’ve never been on. Everybody has bought in, and everybody has one goal and that’s to win, no matter how you do it. Nobody cares about individual roles.”
Harris admitted it was hard to deal with getting released by the Jets because it was the only franchise he had ever known.
“For the first couple of days, it was weird not having a job, not having a team,” said Harris, a 2007 second-round pick out of Michigan. “But I knew that if there was a team out there that would be interested in me, eventually I would sign.”
Harris finishes his career with 723 solo tackles and 36.5 sacks in 164 games, 154 those with the Jets.