This much is clear: Rodney Harrison is not a fan of all the NFL rules that protect quarterbacks.
What may have been less clear to the casual viewer Sunday night is whether Harrison was taking a shot at his old teammate Tom Brady when he suggested Mr. Bundchen invest in a pair of slacks.
Before the issue gets blown up into some phony grudge match, I can say with authority as a fellow NBC employee that Harrison was just having some fun with his friend Tom Brady. Harrison’s wide grin, which erupts the moment he makes his comment, gives it away.
Like a lot of former players, Harrison genuinely has issue with how the roughing the passer rule has hurt the game. He clearly thought the refs blew the call in Foxborough Sunday, but any notion of a personal problem or feud with Brady is phony.
The next time Harrison wants to give one of his buddies the business on-air, though, he may want to make absolutely sure the viewer is in on the joke.