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Rodney Harrison is taking no prisoners

On Friday, Rosenthal pointed out a brewing feud, Twitter style, between Jets safety Kerry Rhodes and NBC’s Rodney Harrison.

It was a drop in the bucket for Harrison, who has proven in his short time as a member of the media that he’s willing to play with the same raw intensity that characterized his career with the Chargers and the Patriots.

On Thursday, for example, Harrison ripped into Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

“Everywhere he goes, he craps on everybody,” Harrison said.  “He goes to
Green Bay and he leaves them with a bunch of noise.  He goes to the
Jets, they give him a bunch of money . . . he plays bad and he craps on
them.”

(Maybe Brett’s new nickname should be “Bevo.”  Anyone watching ESPN’s College Gameday as the show returned from a break at 10:16 a.m. ET will know exactly what we mean.)

But Favre and Rhodes weren’t the only ones to feel Rodney’s wrath.  Unsigned 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree also got a taste of it.

Harrison visited on Friday with Mike Missanelli of ESPN 950 in Philly, and Harrison was asked about Crabtree.

“He’s the biggest idiot I’ve ever seen in the National Football League,” Harrison said.  “I would have to put Ryan Leaf and him as the two biggest idiots that played in the National Football League or didn’t play in the National Football League.”  (And given that Rodney played in San Diego during the blink-and-you-missed-it Ryan Leaf era, Rodney knows idiots when he sees them.)

Harrison goes on to point out that Crabtree has done nothing to deserve what’s already on the table from the 49ers, and Harrison questions whether Crabtree truly loves the game.

As to the notion that Crabtree might re-enter the draft in the hopes of getting himself in line for more money next year, here’s what Rodney had to say:  “Trust me, brother, you’re gonna get blackballed, you’re gonna make less.”

If Rodney continues to tell it like it is, he’ll be a long-time fixture on the NFL media scene.  Rarely is a former player willing to say, in blunt, candid terms, what many non-players are thinking. 

Right now, Harrison and Warren Sapp are the only two that will do it on a consistent basis.

And, of course, if we’re missing anyone, we fully expect to be reminded of it in the comments.

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50 Responses to “Rodney Harrison is taking no prisoners”
  1. nj550driva says: Sep 19, 2009 11:09 AM

    Ummmm…. Ditka & Keyshawn

  2. simple_simon1 says: Sep 19, 2009 11:09 AM

    Thank you Rodney. You are officially now my favorite member of the NFL media.
    It’s a breath of fresh air. It might not always be right simply because it’s being said so blunt, but so far, I agree 100% with you Rod.

  3. HRVA DBAG says: Sep 19, 2009 11:10 AM

    I couldn’t stand Harrison as a player but I like him in his new gig.

  4. CutlerIsACryBaby says: Sep 19, 2009 11:12 AM

    Deion Sanders

  5. FtheJETS says: Sep 19, 2009 11:13 AM

    Meshawn probably advised Crabtree

  6. Route36West says: Sep 19, 2009 11:15 AM

    Deion Sanders. Now Im an Eagles fan so you know how hard it is for me to say that but its true. He goes in on Jerry Jones, Romo, TO, Witten whoever. He doesnt care if he had a relationship with them or not when hes pissed or feels a certain way about something he tells it like it is. I hated him during his playing career as a part of the 49ers and cowboys (Didnt really know him as a Falcon and he sucked with the Ravens) and really had no respect for him simply b/c of all the show boating. But since he stopped playing I have started to enjoy his antics and really respect the man for his impartiality.

  7. blc2000 says: Sep 19, 2009 11:16 AM

    Rodney’s an idiot with ‘roid rage. Yeah, he’s taken more shots than he has pimples on his back, but he’s not enlightning.
    We all know that Favre is a fraud and Crabtee a dumb-ass.
    I’ll take Keyshawn anytime.

  8. Harm City Homer says: Sep 19, 2009 11:16 AM

    HGHarrison has a very strong take for the dirtiest player in the NFL durin his time. Can he still get fined for late hits?

  9. slutnuts says: Sep 19, 2009 11:19 AM

    ditka may be willing to say anything, his problem is that he is incapable of doing so. listen to him speak, he stops sentences short all the time. its bloody annoying.

  10. fragmentb says: Sep 19, 2009 11:23 AM

    HRVA DBAG yer a hypocrite. Love the game or shove it.

  11. JoeSchmoe says: Sep 19, 2009 11:23 AM

    After the last few days any headline with the words ‘Rodney’ and/or ‘Harrison’ in it has my full attention from here on out. Florio you should sell ad space specific to Rodney Harrison related articles and charge double what you do on any other page… I see this ego growing by the day and can’t wait to see what spews out his mouth next.

  12. Romomentum says: Sep 19, 2009 11:24 AM

    Cris Collinsworth always says how it is – he has been one of the more bluntly critical analysts in the NFL for a long time. Personally, I find Harrison’s shoot-from-hip criticism, name-calling, and hyperbole to be a little amateur. I get why people don’t like Farve, but saying that he “crapped” on the Jets because he had a torn bicept and thus played poorly during the last four weeks of the season is simply immature. He leaves much to be desired as an analyst. If he didn’t work for NBC I would guess that you would have a similar perspective, as you call out others for similar idiocy regularly. BTW, where is the NBC love for Cris?

  13. slipkid says: Sep 19, 2009 11:27 AM

    except key is a complete idiot (except for when he counseled his cuz to stfu).
    and ditka stepped in it when he said nfl players shouldnt be allowed to own any guns.

  14. bkp360 says: Sep 19, 2009 11:27 AM

    Both Harrison & Sapp are jaded players with retarded opinions!

  15. Fike Mlorio says: Sep 19, 2009 11:27 AM

    rodney harrison was one of the most overrated players in history, a cheater and lord of the late hit, he only has a couple of superbowls because of his coach cheating and now he is self important enough to call out everybody in the nfl, somebody should beat the late-hitting sh*t out of him

  16. Ryan35 says: Sep 19, 2009 11:27 AM

    Refs cheat for patriots? Looks like 3rd and 1 to me, why is it all of sudden 1st down? Why have you said nothing about this Florio? Dont you cover things objectively?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxA95K5gP9s

  17. HarrisonHits says: Sep 19, 2009 11:29 AM

    Hail to the king Rodney !

  18. Ryan35 says: Sep 19, 2009 11:30 AM

    Refs cheat for patriots? Looks like 3rd and 1 to me, why is it all of sudden 1st down? Why have you said nothing about this Florio? Dont you cover things objectively?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxA95K5gP9s

  19. jaxdolfan says: Sep 19, 2009 11:37 AM

    Finally a reason to like
    harrison.

  20. ncm42 says: Sep 19, 2009 11:39 AM

    Harrison tells it like it is, does he? What was his explanation for his positive tests and suspensions for banned substances? Tells it like it is, my ass. He simply tries to be controversial because he has been anointed the “controversial analyst.”

  21. VaBrownsfan1 says: Sep 19, 2009 11:44 AM

    Romentum, He crapped on them for ratting them out not by playing poorly. If perhaps he could have gotten an advantage by throwing Mangini (Vikings week 1 opponent), Tannenbaum and the Jets under the bus I ‘d say ok I understand but to do it just to excuse his poor play and cost the others over $200G is indeed Bevo-like.

  22. VoxVeritas says: Sep 19, 2009 11:46 AM

    “Cris Collinsworth always says how it is”
    It took him about 10 minutes to get me to turn off the sound in the Steelers/Titans game. Ben Roethlisberger may be the best QB in the national football league, James Farrior is Hines Ward is blah blah blah as inane as Madden’s butt sweat comments.

  23. JSpicoli says: Sep 19, 2009 11:48 AM

    If Rodney continues to “tell it like it is” he will shoot off his trap about the wrong person and be out of a job, or blackballed himself.
    Just the way things happen, ask Jimmy the Greek.

  24. mustbechris says: Sep 19, 2009 11:51 AM

    “Right now, Harrison and Warren Sapp are the only two that will do it on a consistent basis.
    And, of course, if we’re missing anyone, we fully expect to be reminded of it in the comments.”
    Emmitt Smith is the truth.

  25. bearsrule says: Sep 19, 2009 11:52 AM

    Jesus, I love this guy. Finally, there’s an ex-player who’s not some thick necked meatball spouting the same old cliches. I had neither love or hatred for him as a player. As analyst, he’s the best in a long, long time.

  26. Hauschild says: Sep 19, 2009 12:09 PM

    Wow – another half-wit ripping the legend that is Brett Favre.
    It’s obvious Harrison harbors a tremendous amount of jealousy towards Lord Favre – not that this would be considered terribly surprising.
    It’s such an easy read to pick out the guys with the least amount of intelligence by observing the ones that continually take the bait.
    Yeah, I know, thoughtful, intelligent discussions are so 1980’s, right?!?!?

  27. JSpicoli says: Sep 19, 2009 12:14 PM

    I agree with poster above, Keyshaw is the best talking head for candor and honesty.
    this punk Harrison is trying to make an impact. He’ll piss someone off and end up doing lunch time traffic with Sean Salisbury.

  28. brasho says: Sep 19, 2009 12:26 PM

    People keep saying Deion??!???? Gimme a freaking break! He blatantly gives love to other big mouths and showboats in the league as if the guy is his little brother (TO, others).
    Sapp isn’t scared of pissing off current players and neither is Harrison. Too many of these players turned so-called analysts don’t want to step on anybody’s toes and too often never criticize players that deserve to be.

  29. longrodvanhungendong says: Sep 19, 2009 12:38 PM

    So your giving a guy credit for simply running his mouth? I don’t think shock jocks will last very long when it comes to analyzing the NFL. Eventually, the only friend he will have will be in the mirror.

  30. Fan_Of_ Four says: Sep 19, 2009 12:42 PM

    Rodney….blah blah blah….maybe if I talk tough people will remember I use to play football. It’s just a matter of time before this dill hole steps in his own sh!t.
    Say all you want about Favre but he’s going to be a first ballot HOF’er while you languish as Rodney who ?

  31. ItalianArmyGuy says: Sep 19, 2009 12:42 PM

    Nice to see Rodney in his classic playing form – jumping on the pile after the play is over.
    At least Harrison is discussing something he is intimately familiar with – crapping on his teams as he heads towards retirement.
    14 years and only 34 INT’s? Less than 2.5 INT’s per season doesn’t really stack up to Hall of Famer’s like Rod Woodson, does it now? The HOF voters are going to say “no thanks”, unless they open a special “crapper” wing just for you and your buddy Favre.

  32. whywerule says: Sep 19, 2009 12:43 PM

    Harrison tells it like it is, does he? What was his explanation for his positive tests and suspensions for banned substances?
    FWIW, Harrison had no positive tests for banned substances. His name was found on some credit card and/or shipping receipts for the banned substance HGH, and that was how he was caught. Since there is no blood or urine test that can positively catch the players who are currently taking HGH, there was never a positive test in his case for HGH, or any other player for that matter (HGH is NOT a steroid which can be caught through various tests).
    Now, of course, it is small consolation that Harrison never had a positive test for a banned substance that, unlike steroids, can not currently be accurately “caught” through blood tests. However, to Harrison’s very limited credit, he did immediately own up to taking HGH and did not claim he was buying it for someone else, or his credit card was stolen or whatever. His explanation was that he was taking it to try to recover faster from injuries; that does not make it right that he was taking HGH, but at least he admitted he knew he was taking the substance unlike most NFL players who have been caught taking steroids.

  33. Ralphie says: Sep 19, 2009 12:45 PM

    Florio, you should ditch the PFTV you do with Joe Burrito and go audio podcast. Get Rodney to come on with you an hour weekly and you feed him the questions. Post it every Friday. Hell, you could pick up a lot of interesting stuff to feed him based on the dialogue off of this site; and with your Eddy Haskell, wise-guy demeanor you could probably incite Rod to go Dick Cheney batshit crazy on his responses to your hard-hitting weekly agenda.
    Another plus for the PFT crowd is that you have a great face for podcasting so we wouldn’t have to look at that hair helmet anymore.

  34. Fan of Football says: Sep 19, 2009 12:58 PM

    Is this idiot relevant anymore?
    Hey Harrison, does it piss you off that most NFL players don’t need to take steroids to make themselves perform better?

  35. ncm42 says: Sep 19, 2009 1:34 PM

    whywerule: Thanks for an intelligent, informative response. I still think Harrison is full of poop, but I appreciate your response.
    As for a talking head that is honest and straightforward, but manages to be that way without showing everyone what a “badass” he is…may I offer up Tom Jackson?

  36. UFL rules the NFL says: Sep 19, 2009 1:39 PM

    Rodney King sucks

  37. steeler-hater says: Sep 19, 2009 1:43 PM

    I love how Harrison is now so critical of many of his former opponents now that he doesn’t have to worry about them getting “even” with him on the field anymore.
    It’s easy for him to run his big flapper now that he doesn’t isn’t worried about getting his ass kicked for running his big mouth.
    Let’s see Harrison put on the pads now and play AFTER he says these things…

  38. Fan of Football says: Sep 19, 2009 1:49 PM

    “FWIW, Harrison had no positive tests for banned substances. His name was found on some credit card and/or shipping receipts for the banned substance HGH, and that was how he was caught.”
    ohh, well then. It looks like it was purely a misunderstanding. He must have been buying those steroids for his sick aunt.

  39. redsquare says: Sep 19, 2009 2:02 PM

    So Harrison is somehow special for expressing incredibly obvious opinions about the already-most-talked-about topics around?
    That’s not remotely refreshing, honest, or special in any way. It’s pseudo-controversial.
    If Harrison actually had any guts–which he doesn’t seem to, so far–there are any number of taboo topics about NFL culture he could be addressing. But he won’t, partially because he was on the wrong side of most of them as a player.
    So instead we just get this clown act. He and Dungy are both wastes of airtime.

  40. JoeSixPack says: Sep 19, 2009 2:07 PM

    You still gotta love Rodney egging on Rhodes…
    He might be retired but he’s getting a player fomr a Patriots rival on the cusp of a big game focused on firing away trash talk at him – when Rhodes SHOULD be getting ready for the game.
    Rhodes is too stupid to realize this though and plays right along, setting himself up for humilation when the Jets lose.
    Rodney’s former teammates need to buy him a drink for this one.

  41. Ralphie says: Sep 19, 2009 2:09 PM

    @ItalianArmyGuy says:
    September 19, 2009 12:42 PM
    “..14 years and only 34 INT’s? Less than 2.5 INT’s per season doesn’t really stack up to Hall of Famer’s like Rod Woodson, does it now? The HOF voters are going to say “no thanks”, unless they open a special “crapper” wing just for you and your buddy Favre.”
    _______________________________
    Now, now IAG, Harrison may not be a Hall of Famer, and you don’t like him, but since you seem so interested in breaking down a players statistics you conveniently forgot to note his full body of work. 30.5 sacks, 42 passes defended, and 34 interceptions with two touchdowns. His 30.5 sacks is an NFL record for a defensive back. He’s one of only three players in NFL history to have recorded 30 sacks and 30 interceptions in the regular season of their careers, and he was the first to do so. he showed up in the playoffs as well – the last I looked he’s tied with the most interceptions in postseason history with seven. That interception stat that you noted above over 14 years is also impractical for a Safety…it’s more appropriate for a CB. He also missed over a total of a full season with injuries if I recall during his career.

  42. swervinmervin says: Sep 19, 2009 2:22 PM

    florio –
    You shouldve posted something last week when during the Seymour press conference Al Davis blasted Harrison as being bitter at the team for not signing him in 2003 because the team didnt want to bring in a guy who was already known for steroids (rumors, as Davis put it).
    Davis also dogged your site as well. Saying people who take it as gospel are morons.

  43. Murabma says: Sep 19, 2009 2:36 PM

    whywerule:
    While there’s no doubt you’re a Pats* homer and fan since 2001, give us a break on Rodney’s HGH use, please. You know why he stepped up and assumed responsibility? Because he had no choice, the DA had him dead to rights since he signed for it using his own credit card and had it shipped to his own address. You make it sound like he came forward and admitted this on his own and is somehow to be commended. That’s a laugh. He was caught red-handed and had absolutely no other possible explanation, unlike some other guys who you malign who very well may have not known what was in a supplement they were taking (see the Williamses for ex.). How many of his teammates (you know on a team full of aging vets who seem to find an extra step or two playing for the Cheatahs*) do you think used the stuff and just were smart enough to have someone else order it? I’d wager it’s more than a handful…..

  44. rusH1023 says: Sep 19, 2009 3:13 PM

    @ Murabma-
    Yes, it’s stupid to defend Rodney for cheating, but I’d love to know how many of your team’s players are currently pumping their asses full of HGH or worse. It’s a ridiculous argument you’re making. Just stop at give us a break… Also, as a Pat’s fan, the fact that you’re using asterisks and Boston accents in your posts tells me all I need to know about who you are. Quit being jealous of getting stomped in the ground over the past 10 years. Our team has been better, is now better, and will continue to be better than yours. Just look at the records. Fatass.

  45. Qoojo says: Sep 19, 2009 3:26 PM

    Some Favretards are going to get butt hurt over this story.

  46. semiu says: Sep 19, 2009 3:45 PM

    Obviously, Sissy Harrison didn’t get the attention he needed on the field, so now he gets the attention by taking cheap shots on the air. Typical blackman with an attitude!!!

  47. whywerule says: Sep 19, 2009 3:54 PM

    You make it sound like he came forward and admitted this on his own and is somehow to be commended….
    I apologize. Commending Harrison was not my intention. What he did was absolutely as wrong as the actions of the people you seem to want to commend (the Williamses).
    And I’ve actually been a Pats Homer since roughly 1967.

  48. ItalianArmyGuy says: Sep 19, 2009 3:57 PM

    Ralphie says: September 19, 2009 2:09 PM
    Now, now IAG, Harrison may not be a Hall of Famer, and you don’t like him, but since you seem so interested in breaking down a players statistics you conveniently forgot to note his full body of work. 30.5 sacks, 42 passes defended, and 34 interceptions with two touchdowns.
    ====================
    I don’t think that 2.5 INT’s per season, 2 sacks per season, and 3 passes defended per season is anything to get excited about.
    Compare him to a safety that’s already in the HOF – Charlie Waters, 12 years, 50 INT’s. A contemporary safety: Ed Reed, has 43 INT’s in 7 years – half the time of Harrison. Do you think any voters are going to put a PED-user like Harrison in the HOF over Ed Reed, with his 10 TD’s on fumbles, INT’s and blocked punts?
    Look at it this way – Steeler Donnie Shell retired in 1987 after 14 years, same as Harrison, with the all-time Strong-safety lead for INT’s – 51. He’s not in the HOF. You think Harrison deserves HOF consideration over someone with 17 more INT’s, twice as many Super Bowl rings, 3 more Pro Bowl appearances, and whose sacks were never counted because they weren’t counting sacks back then? You think Donnie Shell never sacked a qb?
    Two safeties are going to the HOF from this decade, and their names are Reed and Troy. Rodney has done far too little to distinguish himself in a good way, and far too much to distinguish himself in a bad way to ever warrant serious consideration from the voters.

  49. stanjam says: Sep 19, 2009 4:09 PM

    I love all the comments about Harrison taking HGH, and of course, most of them have the thing all wrong. Don’t get me wrong, he shouldn’t have done it, and he got busted. He didn’t test for it, could have lied and probably gotten away with it, but didn’t. He owned up like a man (something the haters will never understand.
    Now put yourself honestly in his position and tell me what you would do. You are an aging player with a bad injury. You can heal naturally, and will never play again, OR you can take HGH (something that would probably have been prescribed if you weren’t a player), and face a 4 game suspension if you are somehow caught, which is unlikely because they can’t test for it. What would YOU do? Pass up the chance to ever play again, and not to mention millions of dollars, or take the HGH. I guarantee almost every single person here would have taken it, and EVERY single one of you would have been severely tempted. If you say otherwise you are either a liar or not human, or you simply don’t know yourself.

  50. This is not news says: Sep 20, 2009 2:35 AM

    Harrison is the new Joey Porter.

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