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Homecoming: James Harrison returns to Pittsburgh to retire as a Steeler

  • Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison talks to reporters at a news conference where he talks about his retiring from football on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Harrison, known for his hard hitting and a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII, officially announced his retirement after 11 years in the NFL. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison talks to reporters at a news conference where he talks about his retiring from football on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Harrison, known for his hard hitting and a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII, officially announced his retirement after 11 years in the NFL. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, right, points to former teammate and current Steelers defensive lineman Brett Keisel as he stands beside team president Art Rooney III at a news conference about his retiring from football on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Harrison, known for his hard hitting and a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII, officially announced his retirement after 11 years in the NFL. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, right, points to former teammate and current Steelers defensive lineman Brett Keisel as he stands beside team president Art Rooney III at a news conference about his retiring from football on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Harrison, known for his hard hitting and a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII, officially announced his retirement after 11 years in the NFL. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2009, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison returns an interception 100 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa, Fla. The former Steelers linebacker is officially retiring on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, ending an 11-year career that included five Pro Bowls, two Super Bowl rings and numerous run ins with the NFL front office. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2009, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison returns an interception 100 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa, Fla. The former Steelers linebacker is officially retiring on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, ending an 11-year career that included five Pro Bowls, two Super Bowl rings and numerous run ins with the NFL front office. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)  (The Associated Press)

James Harrison ended his career back where it began.

The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker officially retired from the NFL on Friday after signing a one-day contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 36-year-old Harrison spent more than a decade with the franchise before playing for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013.

The Bengals cut Harrison in March. He looked for another opportunity before deciding the will to play could no longer compete with the desire to stay home with his two young sons.

Harrison retires with 68 career sacks and a reputation as one of the hardest-hitting players in league history.