Damon “Snacks” Harrison officially announced his retirement from the NFL after a ten-year career.
On his show, “Snacks and Sonny,” the 32-year-old defensive tackle said he didn’t have the desire to get back on the field. Harrison recently suited up for the Green Bay Packers in 2020, had options to continue his career in 2021 but declined.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he said, saying he had conversations with his family and didn’t feel like he wanted to play anymore.
As an undrafted free agent, he signed with the New York Jets in 2012 and played five games as a rookie before starting in his second season. During his four-year stint, he started 48 of 53 games, recorded 1.5 sacks, and had 105 solo tackles.
After his tenure with the Jets, he signed a five-year contract with the New York Giants, earning $9.25 million per season. On the Giants, he was named to the All-Pro first-team after recording 86 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Snacks was traded in 2018 to the Detroit Lions where he spent two years with the team. He started 24 of 25 games and recorded four sacks and 29 solo tackles. After his contract was up, he signed a practice squad contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 2020 and had a short-lived career on the Green Bay Packers the same year.
He was a free agent during the 2021 offseason while deciding whether he would continue his career.
“Again, I’ve known since the offseason that this was going to be the case, but I wanted to see if it would be a little like last year,” Snacks said on his show. “Midway through the season last year, I felt like I wanted to play, so I went out and played, but I’m just not getting that feeling this year, so I’m officially going to be stepping away.”
Over his decade-long career, he totaled 494 tackles, 11 sacks, and five forced fumbles in 124 regular season games.
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