Rodney Harrison To Replace Bettis At NBC?

Veteran safety Rodney Harrison, a fixture in San Diego without a Super Bowl ring who became a fixture in New England with two of them, is unsigned and still undecided about his future.
(Since he doesn’t play quarterback, there’s slightly less interest in his long-term plans.)
John Tomase of the Boston Herald (sorry, Patriots fans) mentions that Harrison has a solid alternative to playing football — television.
Tomase writes that Harrison “has drawn interest” from the networks.  He did a solid job with NBC during its Super Bowl coverage, and though some think that the lineup for the Football Night In America pregame is still stretching the seams like the seat of Shaun Rogers sweatpants, Cris Collinsworth has moved to the broadcast booth, Matt Millen has opted to join ESPN, and Neil Best of Newsday recently reported that Jerome Bettis likely won’t be back for a fourth season. 
So Harrison could join NBC, if NBC chooses to replace Bettis.
Or Harrison could play for the Patriots.  Or the Falcons.  Or maybe he’ll be joining Brad Childress, Brett Favre, and Dick Cheney at the infamous “undisclosed location.”

36 responses to “Rodney Harrison To Replace Bettis At NBC?

  1. Maybe he’ll cheap shot Keith Olbermann. I mean, hopefully he’ll cheap shot Keith Olbermann.

  2. I love The Bus, but Harrison is better for TV. He did a great job during the Super Bowl coverage in Tampa.

  3. Actually, he wanted to be a referee when his career was over… so that’s always an ironic possibility

  4. They should give him his own segment: “Cheap Shots with Rodney Harrison.”

  5. Why do they always get ex-players? Ex-coaches are 1000 times better and usually can string a grammatical sentence together.

  6. I dont know, Gruden was absolutely brutal on the NFL draft coverage. The M brothers discussion, wow.

  7. You seem to think that if you mention the pic of the day, it will get funnier.
    You would be mistaken.

  8. Memo to NBC: according to his blog, Freddie Mitchell’s available. Very, very available.

  9. Florio, please….all you look at is the boston herald and the providence journal for pats news. look at the globe, or anywhere else. I hate thomase and the herald, look somewhere else man.

  10. The best part of hiring Harrison is the NBC staff and crew now has a direct connection to score HGH.
    Love John Tomase btw. By far, my favorite writer.

  11. Falcons have no need for an over the hill saftey, we didn’t want Milloy back and we just drafted William Moore.

  12. Does that fat tub of shit STILL have a job at that fish-wrap newspaper????
    How in the hell does he STILL have a job, let alone have the balls to write one single line about the Patriots?
    Biggest loser in the sports world. I have no idea how that guy cashes a paycheck every week and sleeps with a clear conscience.
    Resign, Tomase, you f’n turd!
    If Tomase wrote this, look for Rodney Harrison to sign with another team and be back in the playoffs! He is a sniveling piss-poor excuse for a writer, who made a very damaging story up, out of whole cloth. I would doubt this man if he were to write that the sun wil come up tomorrow, and that water is wet.
    Douchebag loser.
    Other than that, I have no problem with the guy.

  13. I’m still putting my $$$ on Rodney playing one more year for the Pats. Being carted off the field on national tv was not the way Rodney wanted to go out, and Belichick has a soft spot for guys like Harrison who are hardnosed and who can mold the younger players. Only question is whether he has anything left in the tank, and that is debatable.
    That said for a former player, he is quite articulate and was great on tv, and would work as a studio guy or even a color analyst.
    On another note, I don’t quite understand all the hate this guy gets on these boards, when you all know damn well you would want him (in his prime) playing on your team. I thought the same thing when he played for SD and was thirlled when he went to the Pats. It’s one thing to dislike him, but give him the respect he’s earned.

  14. Rodney is one of the few smart, articulate players (or coaches). He’d be great in that position.

  15. Buttered Izel Jenkins says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 11:13 am
    They should give him his own segment: “Cheap Shots with Rodney Harrison.”
    Love it.
    And if that name doesn’t fly with NBC, I have an alternative for said segment:
    H-arrisons
    G-reat
    H-its
    Not as catchy, but I like it for some reason….

  16. Rodney Harrison actually isn’t terrible to watch. He’s done some things on the NFLN that aren’t bad at all.

  17. @pats suck – you would like Tomase… he has no credibility and neither do you.

  18. Harrison is and always has been a scumbag. I will admit he was a good player, but now he relies on a mystique of being a hard hitter. Anyone can hit after the whistle when a player doesn’t expect it. Any network that hires him is lowering their standards.

  19. Why do they always get ex-players? Ex-coaches are 1000 times better and usually can string a grammatical sentence together.
    See Emmitt Smith

  20. pats suck says:
    Love John Tomase btw. By far, my favorite writer.
    ———–
    Figures that you would, a-hole. Your ‘favorite writer’ has no journalistic credility whatsoever. This hack tried to advance his career by tossing poop against a wall hoping it would stick, just so that he could make a name for himself and advance his career.
    Well that sure backfired, didn’t it? He pissed off a lot of people, and will never again have any credibility on a local or national level. I love how he continues to report like nothing ever happened, and he is a complete joke in the Boston journalism scene. If you’ve read any Boston columnists, you’d know thats damn impressive, because other than a few writers, its a vast journalistic wasteland.
    You clowns both have an anti-Patriots agenda. Go piss off and find something else to cry about, loser.

  21. See Chris Collinsworth, Boomer Esiason, Tim Green, Phil Simms, Troy Aikman, Merril Hoge, Tom Jackson………….

  22. Harrison is a pretty articulate guy and will do a great job with NBC. Between the white lines, he could deliver some dirty hits. But once he got outside of the white lines, he was a class act all the way. I hope that both the Patriots and Chargers find a way to honor him. He wasn’t with the Pats long enough to get in the ring of honor or team HOF. But he was one of most admired Patriots for years. I can see why opposing teams fans hated him.

  23. Rodney Harrison is the type of guy you absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE if he is on YOUR team, and you absolutely HATE HATE HATE if he isn’t. Personally, he is my favorite Patriot EVER, and I am so glad I had the chance to see him play every day and the chance to meet him and shake his hand and say thanks for everything he’s done for the Pats. Good dude.

  24. jvhodges says:
    Harrison is and always has been a scumbag. I will admit he was a good player, but now he relies on a mystique of being a hard hitter. Anyone can hit after the whistle when a player doesn’t expect it. Any network that hires him is lowering their standards.
    ————
    Really? I ran into him at the airport last yr in San Diego @ 5 in the morning after they got CRUSHED by the Chargers- and he was cool as hell. Didn’t seem like a scumbag at all.
    Any evidence that he’s a scumbag or are you just another one trick pony Pats hater??

  25. Rodney is an articulate dude who tells it like it is. He’d be perfect for broadcasting… in another year or two. I still think he’s got a season of football left in him for the Pats.
    Jon Tomase, on the other hand, could tell me my house was on fire while I was in it holding a flamethrower, and I still wouldn’t believe him.

  26. I can’t believe they’re throwing the Bus under the bus. Still, I’m all for cheapshotting Keith Olberhole, preferable on the air, multiple times and with reverse angle, slow motion replay.

  27. Harrison would be nothing more than a part-time player if he came back to the Patriots. It’s time for the team and Rodney to move on (or move out).

  28. Dunno about Harrison but thank goodness they’ve seen the light on Bettis. He was a big nothing who was added in haste after the ridiculous Detroit superbowl hype (did you know Jerome Bettis was from Detroit?? Yeah, I never gave a sh@t either!)

  29. Rodney would be great on NBC. There’s no B-S with him. He’d probably say a lot of stuff Goodell doesn’t like, given his stance on how soft the league is getting, but it’d be good TV. And I can’t see him sitting still for some of the idiotic comments that get slung around those shows – he may only last a month, but it’d be worth TiVo’ing.

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