Patriots' safety Harrison announces retirement - [Full Article]

Two-time Pro Bowl safety Rodney Harrison announced his retirement on Wednesday, saying he is through hitting QBs after a 15-year career for the Patriots and Chargers. "I'm done," he said in a conference call with reporters. "And I'm very much at peace with that. Football has been good to me; I worked hard and I played hard." The 36-year-old Harrison holds the NFL record for DBs with 30 1/2 sacks; he also has 34 interceptions, making him the only player to have at least 30 of each. But the numbers only tell part of the story about a player who had a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the league , and one of the dirtiest, too."People have called me a dirty player. I'm a very passionate player," Harrison said. "I also understand that this is not volleyball. This is a very violent, physical game, and if you hit someone in the mouth, they're not going to be your friend. That's what the game of football is."

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