The Hitman is hanging them up. Former New York Jets linebacker David Harris announced Friday through his representatives that he is retiring from football after playing 11 seasons in the NFL. "After 11 years of having played the greatest team sport at its highest level," Harris wrote in a statement released by Sportstars, "it's now time for me to announce my retirement from the NFL." Drafted out of Michigan in the second round of the 2007 draft by then-Jets coach Eric Mangini, Harris immediately became a consistent presence on Gang Green's defense. For over a decade in East Rutherford, Harris was the lynchpin for an at-times historic defense, patrolling the middle of the field and commanding respect from his teammates. From 2009 through 2016, Harris missed only one game due to injury and started at middle linebacker in the other 127 contests. A run-stuffing machine, Harris was always among the team leaders in tackles and earned the nickname "Hitman" for his hard-slugging reputation in the middle of the field.