5-Year NFL Veteran Damien Harris Announces Retirement at 27: A Grateful Reflection on Time in the Game

Former Patriots running back retires from football at age 27

Damien Harris, a talented running back who played for the New England Patriots, announced his retirement from football at the age of 27 on Monday night. After having a five-season career in the NFL, Harris expressed gratitude for his time in the game and the opportunities he had to compete at the highest level.

Selected in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Patriots, Harris saw limited playing time in his rookie year. However, he quickly emerged as the starting running back in his second season and had an outstanding year in 2021, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns. Despite his success, injuries eventually led to his replacement by Rhamondre Stevenson towards the end of the 2022 season.

Harris took some time to reflect on his career and thanked those who helped him along the way. Nick Saban and Bill Belichick were specifically mentioned as two great head coaches who helped shape his football journey. After leaving the Patriots, Harris spent one season with the Buffalo Bills before ultimately deciding to retire from football.

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