Rodney Harrison Heading To NBC

Veteran safety Rodney Harrison has decided to hang up the cleats and take a job with NBC, according to Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe.
Harrison worked with NBC as part of its Super Bowl XLIII coverage.  Speculation had been intensifying lately that Harrison would be making the move.
Harrison spent nine seasons with the Chargers and six with the Patriots.
So the next question is whether Harrison should land in the Hall of Fame after the requisite five-year waiting period.
Working against him?  A reputation (not necessarily fully deserved) of being a dirty player, and a four-game suspension in 2007 for possession of HGH.
So what say you PFT Planet?  Make your case for or against a bronze bust bearing Harrison’s likeness in the comments.

89 responses to “Rodney Harrison Heading To NBC

  1. If the safety within him awakens during an NBC broacast I hope he nails Cris Collinsworth. Stupid nasaly voice…

  2. Hall of Famer hands down. Cue the same old Patriot Hater lemmings to say something stupid in 3…2…1…

  3. HOF he may be much maligned, but he played hard and was feared, his stats, accomplishments and longevity speak for themselves

  4. Rodney was a great player in his prime. great hitter. great teamate. other teams feared him. of coarse he should go to the hall of fame

  5. It will be great to hear his in-depth analysis of cheapshots after the whistles.

  6. The reputation is fully deserved. How he continually got away with “finishing” a play with an extra elbow to the helmet or shoulder drive into the turf — as a secondary tackler and/or after the whistle — without a penalty being called is beyond me. Hard hitting is one thing, but what I described is, well, dirty.

  7. I say Rodney deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. 15 seasons, 4 Super Bowls, 2 championships, elevated the Patriots defense to a whole new level upon arrival in 2003.
    One of the hardest hitters in the game. Knock him for being a ‘cheap shot artist’ all you want, Rodney played the game the way it was meant to be played.
    I personally don’t care about the HGH one bit. If you saw the way Harrison played, you’d understand why he might have needed it. He threw his body around like there was no tomorrow and suffered some devastating injuries in his years with New England- broken arm in Super Bowl 38, shredded ACL/MCL in ’05, torn quad in ’08. Guys like Harrison are gladiators that sacrifice their bodies for our entertainment. Let em use all the HGH they want.
    Lastly, for all the hatred he will get here, he is a good guy, had never been accuused of killing pit bulls or beating his wife or driving drunk. .Thanks for the memories Rodney, will be looking forward to seeing you on NBC this fall.

  8. No HOF! He was a dirty player who acted arrogantly knowing he could get away with it. Mark McGwire has amazing stats and he isn’t getting into the baseball hall of fame so why should this a$$ clown? Go to NBC, just another guy on an already over crowded and annoying set. Hopefully they can can Keith Oblerman…

  9. The hardest hitting and most feared defensive back the past 15 years. The fear that he instilled in the opponents receivers changed games. He was that nasty and he had that much influence. Harrison is the only player in NFL history with at least 30 sacks and 30 interceptions. No safety ever had as many sacks. Seven career postseason interceptions are the third-most since the AFL-NFL merger. Defensive captain of two SB winning teams. He was hated, he was feared, he IS absolutely respected. I can’t think of anyone since Steve Atwater who played safety that well. It’ll be tough though as Safeties have it tough getting into Canton. He plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played. If you don’t like it, GFY. I’m glad to see he’s leaving the game to take a respected position giving his incredible insight to the fans next year.

  10. He’s is the only player in NFL history to record 30 + sacks and 30 + interceptions, he’s a passionate player that was respected in the locker room and on the field. 2 rings with game ending interceptions in both of those Super Bowls…Definitely HOF material!

  11. Hands down one of the single best safeties of all time. Ferocious and feared on the field, few receivers could take repeated punishment from him and still have a decent game.
    He was disliked because he played to the whistle start to finish every game whether his team was winning by a little and the game was on the line or his team was losing big. There are many players that quit playing hard once their team is down a lot or they feel they have clearly won the game and there’s no way the other team can come back, and they resented Rodney’s unwillingness to let up till the last second ticked off the clock.
    But more than that he was the quarterback and leader of the Pats secondary when he was on the field. His experience and intelligence immediately recognized the vast majority of offensive formations and he would constantly realign the defense to great effect. This especially helped rookies and younger players excel when they otherwise would have been out of place. Ty Law, Assante Samuel and Ellis Hobbs all made repeated INTs because they knew they could jump the route with Rodney over the top and if they missed the interception Harrison would be there to make sure there was no big play as a result.
    He should be elected to the HOF the first time they have a chance to vote for him. Its a damn shame he’s finished playing. I was at the game he sustained the final injury and I’m glad I had a chance to see him play the last time he was out there. Rodney you shall be hugely missed by Patriot Nation.

  12. Anyone who thinks he belongs in the HOF is kidding themselves. Adrian Peterson, for example, has played two seasons, and already has as many Pro Bowl appearances (and one short for All-Pro).
    He was an average player who just happened to play for a pretty long time. Nothing special enough to put in bronze. Not at all.

  13. HoF? No way. If he closed his career playing for a team not named the Patriots, this wouldn’t even be brought up.

  14. Absolutely no HOF. 2 Pro bowls out of 15 years should cement that. Also, being a dirty player.. and Florio he earned the reputation, ask Trent Green.

  15. John Lynch can’t carry Harrison’s jock. Lynch is not only the most overrated Safety, but he is one of the most overrated players of the past two decades.

  16. He was feared because guys with the football knew if they put their head down that they would get a “spear” from Harrison that could seriously hurt them.

  17. Rodney deserves his “cheap shot” reputation. I don’t know how many games he hurt the Chargers because of late hits, hits out of bounds, or hits to the head. Sure, he was tough, but he was dirty – no question about it. He was the most fined player in the NFL at one point.
    The whole HGH scandal just seals his fate. Florio rants endlessly about Merriman and his one “positive” test for steroids, when Rodney admitted that he was using HGH for 2 straight years and had the stuff illegally shipped directly to his house. Amazing lack of perspective on this site.
    If Rodney is eligible for the HOF, then you might as well open the doors to every law breaker in the NFL. Maybe Vick and Packman can still get in if they get back on the filed before their skills diminish too much. 😉

  18. “John Lynch first. Then maybe Harrison. ”
    Steve Atwater, then John Lynch, then maybe Harrison.

  19. He could be in the discussion for the Hall of Fame, and might eventually get into it, but it’ll certainly be more than five years from now. He’s not a first-ballot Hall of Famer, especially if somebody like Chris Carter or Steve Atwater isn’t. To steal a saying from Peter King, he belongs in the Hall of Very Good.

  20. Despite my allegience as a Patriots fan I might have to go with my gut over my heart and say most likely no. Not because of Harrison’s reputation or the HGH. The HOF traditionally takes in very few safeties, and during Harrison’s career he was rarely if ever considered “the best.”
    Many of Harrison’s contempories: LeRoy Butler, Steve Atwater, John Lynch, Brian Dawkins, Ed Reed and Troy Polomalu were/are considered equal or better safeties than Harrison during most of his career. If this were baseball, the 30 ints/30 sacks would get him in, but to get into the football Hall of Fame, you should be a defining player at your position during your era. I love Rodney but I don’t think he meets that criteria.

  21. If Rodney played 20 years ago before the rules got soft he would nt be considered dirty..I was a pleasure to watch him play because the guy brought it every game..im gonna miss him..good luck in your new career Rodney

  22. HOF for sure
    for a safety his stats are insane
    906 tackles vs john lynch’s 733
    34 ints vs john lynch’s 26
    2 tds vs john lynch’s 0
    30.5 sacks vs john lynch’s 13
    116 passes defended vs john lynch’s 93
    harrison played for 15 years and lnych played for 16
    i don’t believe rings should play to much in the HOF
    sometimes you get stuck on bad teams that can’t win in the post season
    (cough will shields, tony g, willie roaf, etc)
    and this is football not baseball, many of the players are dirty. in football however the stats are not as sacred as baseball so the out cry is little.

  23. Rodney belongs in the “Hall of Very Good”…Hall of Fame is for special players not ones that played hard.

  24. Harrison has a good amount of hardware (+), name recognition (+) and career stats (+). On the flip side, stats don’t matter much unless you play QB, RB or WR (-). Also, are there ANY modern safeties in Canton besides Ronnie Lott? (-) And he only got into 2 Pro Bowls, fewer than any modern defensive Hall of Famer (-), and made only 2 All Pro teams (-). A lot of the writers who vote for those kinds of awards are also on the panel that decides the Hall of Fame vote. Will they see something in him later that they overlooked while he was playing?
    I think it’s pretty close, but I’ll say no to Canton. But much respect on a solid career.

  25. I kind of feel like everyone complaining about Harrison being a “dirty player” or a “cheap shot artist” are just sore losers. “Playing through the whistle” is a valued trait by scouts for players coming out of college.
    And I’m not a Patriots fan.

  26. Great. Now we get to see him take cheap shots from the broadcast booth.
    Dirtiest player ever next to Conrad Dobler.

  27. Harrison only made the Pro Bowl three times. That will hurt him. But he should have been in much more but not popular with opposing players because of the way he played the game. That’s the same thing that will keep him out of HOF. He was more than “very good”. He was great and he intimidated players and took them out of the game.

  28. Rodney was one of the best players at his position in terms of intensity. He always seemed to be where the action was and always made an impact (in more ways than one) in the game. I doubt very much if the Patriots would have won three big ones without him. He was the difference maker in the defense. One could make a good argument that he deserves the HOF.

  29. HGHarrison is an admitted PED user and the epitome of a cheap shot artist. Of course this pos does not deserve a spot in the hall.

  30. Who will you send to represent the “dynasty” ?
    Brady and the no-names in terms of pro bowl, all pro, record breaking stats and such things as they are discussed during HOF time.
    Harrison might have an edge getting in because the Pats championship teams may seem under represented when he is discussed.
    Success in the media will also help if he obtains it.

  31. The sideline commentators at ESPN better watch their backs…
    Harrison’s libel to blindside them when they least expect it.

  32. Sure, as long as it is a two headed bust. The other head, of course, would be that of David Tyree, football pressed against his head.

  33. I would absolutely say he’s a hall of famer. I would take him on my team any day of the week.

  34. The good thing about the five-year gap between a player’s last season and eligibility for the Hall is that it allows perspective. I don’t think we will look back five years from now and think of Harrison as a special enough player to merit making it to Canton.
    Personally, I don’t care much about whether he was truly dirty or not. I think he was very good. But, as others have mentioned, it’s tough for safeties to make it into the Hall. Given the relative importance of each position, I think it requires a truly extraordinary safety to deserve being elected. Harrison won two Super Bowls (he wasn’t on the ’01 team) primarily because he was Tom Brady’s teammate.
    Guys like Polamalu and Reed, assuming they play at the same level for at least a few more years, have a CHANCE make it. Picture those three – Harrison, Polamalu and Reed – in their primes: who in that group are you most afraid of going against if your team is on offense? Definitely not Harrison.
    Just my opinion.

  35. 30 sacks, 30 interceptions.
    And if you dont’ like the way Rodney played the game, take Ronny Lott out of the HOF. Guys like Lott couldn’t play in the league any more with all the rules against hitting now.

  36. i dont understand how anybody can say he should be in the hall of fame considering he was busted for using steroids\hgh whatever it was..if barry bonds\mcgwire cant get in y should this guy.. i consider steroid use to be a worse offense in football i dont know y everyone in the world besides me does not….could mcgwire get a job on the mlb network..of course not… …even w\o the drugs i don’t think he’d qualify for the HOF on the other hand if he keeps up his pace in 3 yrs Ed Reed will be a first balloter

  37. Rodney Harrison in the Hall of Fame? LOL
    If he gets put on the ballot, something is wrong.

  38. I only see a survey for nasal rinse, so I take it that there isn’t any poll? Of is that poll located to the right of the ‘Obey’ scamberry ad?
    j.

  39. Hall of Fame? Hell yeah. Harrison would’ve been a PERFECT Pittsburgh Steeler, but we were asleep at the switch.
    Harrison is my kind of baller – gargantuan beanbag factor.
    HOF? You’re damned right – wished he’d’ve worn the Black and Gold.

  40. terry bradshaw admitteded he toke stroids, if harrison cant get in, then be honest kick bradshaw out.

  41. Steve Atwater, Darren Woodson, and John Lynch are all MUCH more deserving of being voted in the HOF.

  42. If I had a vote NO CHANCE! I think the hof should consider all things including being a dirty player. This guy is a douche and I’m honestly dissappointed in NBC really between Collisworth,Costas and this guy! WOW I find it hard to believe they couldn’t find someone better. NBC and there liberal BS keeps screwing things up.

  43. First and foremost…name a better safety than Rodney Harrison during his career?30 1/2 sacks & 30 plus picks….and no one else in the history of the NFL has done it? hello….I hear crickets…no one! Rodney was a safety slash linebacker….that’s why he was so different than the others…John Lych was a similar player in knocking people out..but lacked the coverage skills Rodney had…I’ll miss watching Rodney getting up after a tackle and and forearm rub or push the face down of a receiver after a tackle…just for good measure….or blast a RB or WR who was lolly gagging towards out of bounds only to be sent flying into the 3rd row …thanks for the memories my man…He played the game as all men want to play it..with passion and till the whistle blew…..and then for good measure played a little after the whistle…so NFL fan…you got what you paid for and then some…….see you in the Hall Of Fame!!

  44. Rod Woodson is getting in the HOF this year, so this about seals the door for safeties for the next, circa, 10 years (Ed, Reed and Troy Polamalu will probably be next ones in)

  45. Rodney Harrison should not doubt be in the Hall of Fame. According to Patriots.com Harrison is the all-time leader in sacks by a defensive back with 30.5. Along with that he is the only player in NFL history to record 30 sacks and 30 interceptions. He has 7 career Ints in the playoffs, 2 in the Super Bowl. He is a 2 time Pro Bowler, not mention a defensive Captain on a team that almost went undefeated. Call the guy a cheap hitter if you want, but if the NFL wanted to stop him from making big hits they would do a lot more then fine them. Football is a contact sport, Rodney Harrison paid his dues for his big hits both financially and physically. As for the HGH, yes that does tarnish his record, but he was suspended for it. He did his time. Rodney Harrison was one of the greatest SS to ever play the game, whether the Hall of Fame recognizes that or not.
    All stats aside, if I were voting of the HOF in five years he would get my vote simply because he scares the hell out of me. Would you want to be the person in-between him and his Hall plaque? Good luck.

  46. How many players have 30 sacks and 30 ints in their career?
    Feel free to google it.

  47. hayward giablommi says:
    June 2nd, 2009 at 9:21 pm
    I say Rodney deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. 15 seasons, 4 Super Bowls, 2 championships, elevated the Patriots defense to a whole new level upon arrival in 2003.
    One of the hardest hitters in the game. Knock him for being a ‘cheap shot artist’ all you want, Rodney played the game the way it was meant to be played.
    I personally don’t care about the HGH one bit. If you saw the way Harrison played, you’d understand why he might have needed it. He threw his body around like there was no tomorrow and suffered some devastating injuries in his years with New England- broken arm in Super Bowl 38, shredded ACL/MCL in ‘05, torn quad in ‘08. Guys like Harrison are gladiators that sacrifice their bodies for our entertainment. Let em use all the HGH they want.
    Lastly, for all the hatred he will get here, he is a good guy, had never been accuused of killing pit bulls or beating his wife or driving drunk. .Thanks for the memories Rodney, will be looking forward to seeing you on NBC this fall.
    _________________________________
    Patriots player = Gladiator
    other team = cheap shot artist
    I’m loving that the same guys that’ll cry a river about Ryan Clark hitting Wes Welker will talk about what a ‘warrior’ Rodney is.
    Hayward, do you like movies about gladiators?

  48. I don’t consider longevity a qualification for the Hall of Fame. He was a good player for a long time but he wasn’t the dominant player at his position for much of that time. I’d give him a “maybe” but I’d have to see some gaudy stats to push him over the edge, and I don’t think they exist.

  49. Forget the debate over whether he was a dirty player. Just judging his game he was an above-average safety, at any one time always in the top 20 or so in the league, sometimes top 10. Where did anyone get the idea he was HOF? Absurd. Do you guys actually watch football? His mean streak brought him attention. So what?

  50. I am not sure how an admitted and caught Performance Enhancing Drug user would be considered for the Hall of Fame. As soon as he was caught, where you could then assume he wasn’t using anymore, his body breaks down. Shocker!
    Rodney Harrison was part of a team that was caught cheating and he himself was caught cheating. Not only should he NOT get into the Hall of Fame, he should be ridiculed as others have been.
    All those Patriot lovers, who will say he was fear and respected should take a close look and see if they are the same clowns who malign other player, even in other sports, for doing exactly what Harrison did.
    Despite the Super Bowls, Harrison is a loser.

  51. No on the HOF….. He was not really ever in the conversation at all when you talk about the best safeties in the game during his career. Never a game changer. Only 2 pro bowls. So why would he be qualified to be in the HOF, among the best ever to step on the field, when he could only make the pro bowl twice?
    I think the only current safeties that have HOF potential are Reed, Polamalu, and maybe Dawkins.

  52. Well, he is certainly free to visit it, after paying admission.
    Maybe he can take Simeon Rice with him and kill two birds with one stone.

  53. Nope. Dirty player busted for HGH. I love how the Pats fans on here are like “oh yeah, sure fire HOF’er”..”he threw his body around so you can see why he needed HGH,etc”….ahaha..get out of here.

  54. Here’s a stat that no one else has, 30+ sacks and 30+ Ints….
    There’s the reason he should be in, plus 2 pro-bowls and 2 SuperBowl rings..enough said..

  55. I think the HgH issue should keep him out of the first round. Remember, he didn’t have to admit it, and they really had no proof, but he owned up. He was busted at a time when he had a choice: Take it and maybe get caught and a suspension, or never play again. I doubt many people wouldn’t fold under those circumstances. Doesn’t make it right, but I can certainly understand the incredible temptation.
    30 sacks and 30 ints. Numerous SB appearances. Easily one of the most dominant safeties to EVER play the game. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Since when is a player banned from entry because he has a rep for being nasty? Heck, some of the old time HoF players admitted to trying to take people out of the game as a regular part of their playing style! I don’t think he is as dirty as a lot of people think. He was a hard nosed, hard hitting player, but I don’t remember ever seeing him try to end someone’s career. Sure, I have seen him hit late, or a bit out of bounds, but I have never seen him try to take someone’s knees out, or do something along those lines, but he would sure make receivers think twice about going up to catch a ball!
    Definitely HoF material. He was a major part of the Patriots dynasty, and deserves to be in on that note alone, never mind his huge contributions to the Chargers.

  56. One more thing while I’m at it! Back in the day.. Nitchky, Joe Greene, Alex Karris, Dick Butkis etc…were the dirtiest bunch of players. Ted Hendricks, Ronnie Lott. All of these guys played to knock your head off. Who was dirtier than Conrad Dobler?
    What goes on in the bottom of a fumble pile? Do you think they’re making dinner plans for after the game?
    The players I’m discussing are old school!
    I’m 51 and I’ve seen some devistating hits over the years. I’ve also seen the role of Safety change from Lott to Reed.. Strong safeties are on thier way out! They will be used primarily in the running game as OLB’s.. Today’s safety needs coverage skills and speed, moreso than a physical game. Jack Tatum ring a bell ? I mean he almost killed Daryl Stingley. As it was then he was paralyzed until he died at 55…Tatum was truely a dirty player! (never apologized to Stingley)
    The only conclusion I can reasonably come to….Rodney was a Patriot and even though he has better stat’s than Lynch, Atwater etc…30-30 picks/sacks. Leads in tackles and played a long time….Hotrod went full tilt, even in practice. He never paralyzed anyone. He did play with an edge! You can’t compare a push, a late bump to a full out spear.
    Forearm, you bet! Had he played for the Steelers, Skins anybody other than the Patriots, would we be having this HOF discussion?
    Maybe it’ll take a few rounds for him to get in? On the other hand, maybe now that he’ll be in the booth. He’ll do a great job and maybe the rest of the fans might come to understand Rodney ? He’s full tilt, full time! That’s how he played and that’s how I’ll remember him as a player!
    HGH! He didn’t deny it, took his suspension even though physically, there’s no test for HGH….He did the honorable thing, owned up to it!
    Goodell didn’t have an investigation…Rodney got caught because he wasn’t a liar. They had the CC receipt…and that’s it. He could’ve denied it, said they weren’t for him. Then the burden of proof would have been the Commish’s problem. Rodney was a man about it…I don’t think this hurts him long term..By the way, me knee gets blown out twice, I’m taking HGH…..

  57. I’m a Pats fan and don’t say sure HOFer. He’s borderline. Pats fans should remember that Andre Tippett was the best Patriots defensive player ever and barely made it in. The second best was Ty Law and I would argue with anybody who would suggest that Rodney had a better career than Ty. Pats fans may be pissed at Ty for leaving for more money. But he is the dynasty era Pats defensive player who is most deserving. As for the argument that a team going to 5 Super Bowls and winning 3 in a decade should have more HOF players, this team accomplished what it did as a team, including coaching, and not through any truly great players other than #12. From the Patriots, the order would be Brady, Law, Vinatieri/Harrison. Randy Moss is going to be there. He set records as a Patriot but his Minnesota credentials will get him to Canton.

  58. @ mrmagoo
    Wrong.
    There’s a big difference between Harrison and Clark, namely that Harrison could actually play the game, you know, playing in coverage, blitzing, and knocking the snot out of people. His reputation, undeserved I believe, was incidental to the fact that he was an outstanding player for 15 years.
    I wouldn’t know Ryan Clark from Quentin Jammer other than the McGahee hit and that hit on Welker which was well after the pass had fallen incomplete, and on a clearly defenseless player – and as a Pats fan, was eerily reminiscent of Jack Tatum paralyzing Darryl Stingley way back when. Sorry if I don’t want to see one of my players end up a quadriplegic. Oh, and since Clark apparently apologized afterwards, he must have known hhe was wrong.
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08336/931941-66.stm
    On the other hand, I will freely admit Troy Polamalu is one of my favorite players to watch, and I have much respect for the way he plays the game, even though I loathe the team he plays for. Would you ever admit the same about someone on the Patriots or Ravens or Browns? .
    >Hayward, do you like movies about gladiators?
    Sure, they’re ok.

  59. Also 7 INTs in 9 games with Pats in playoffs – he should be in.
    I don’t think he will get in because he did play dirty and it cost him Pro Bowls.

  60. I think people are too eager to throw players into the HoF. When I think of a HoF safety, I think of somebody like Ed Reed. Now that guy is something special. Rodney Harrison was a force to be reckoned with, no doubt, but I dunno if that makes him a HoFer. When I think of a HoFer, I think of somebody who holds records in the NFL. Records that are unlikely to be beaten. I may be wrong, but I dunno if Harrison has any like that.
    Now a 108-yard TD Int return, that may never be duplicated.

  61. Joe pay attention, 30 sacks and 30+ interceptions. Rodney Harrison is the only safety to have these numbers!
    Now, go look it up and you’ll find that this is a fact! A well known fact in New England!
    Once Rodney gets in the booth at NBC, I think you’ll begin to appreciate him. He’ll tell the truth as he sees it. That should make him wildly popular, considering what else is available for broadcasters…
    I mean I wouldn’t expect a Joe Buck over-reaction, ie when Moss faked mooning the crowd in GB! Oh God the humanity!

  62. He’s got the numbers and guys with busts have done things worse than the occassional cheap shot so if that is the only mark against Rodney, he should be in.
    The HGH mark is a bigger black eye in my opinion a lot of players use this crap, but the HOF is for those that have elevated themselves above the majority.
    One of my favorite all time Pats, and would like to see him make it to the HOF.
    And for those using Pro Bowls as a justification are complete morons who don’t watch the games…Pro Bowls are voted in by biased, myopic fans.

  63. In 15 seasons Harrison played in 186 games with 159 starts. He tallied 1,211 tackles, including 923 solo stops. He had seven seasons with more than 100 tackles. He recorded 30.5 sacks and 34 interceptions. He forced 15 fumbles and recovered seven. He has two Super Bowl rings, went to a pair of Pro Bowls (1998, 2001) and a was a first-team All Pro in 2003. That 2003 season, his first in New England leading to his first Super Bowl title, Harrison was a dominant player with 140 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions in the regular season. He lifted his game higher in the postseason, his first playoff action since his days as a reserve 1995 in San Diego, by tallying 23 tackles, a sack and a pair of interceptions.
    In fact during that 2003-04 run to a back-to-back Super Bowls in New England Harrison was maybe the biggest key to a great defense that paced the team to a pair of 14-win regular seasons and monumental success in cementing dynasty status. He played in all 32 regular season games over the two seasons. He tallied 140 and 138 tackles respectively. He had three sacks each year to go along with five interceptions over the two seasons. He was equally important in the playoffs, including six interceptions and two sacks to go along with 50 total tackles in six contests during the 2003-04 playoffs.
    Harrison is the all-time leader in sacks by a defensive back (30.5) and is the only player in NFL history with both 30 career sacks and interceptions. He clearly has a strong case
    Thanks to Patriots.com writer Andy Hart
    http://blog.pfwonline.com/

  64. Mediotracy: Yeah, Rodney came clean regarding his usage, but you going to take Merriman’s word that he only used his roids once?
    Bit of a jealous biased Chargers fan are we?
    I agree with the HGH issue though as I stated in an earlier post. The cheap shot talk is for pussies, but the HGH is a black mark. I’m a huge Harrison fan and that is the only thing I have against him.

  65. he’s only made two probowls. i believe he was an above-average player, but he was playing on an above-average team. his only statistic that puts him above his peers is the 30/30. That IS a great feat, but i don’t think that is a sure-fire HOF proof though.
    He has a big name, and i fear that alone may be enough to get him in. People should focus on the play, not the name or reputation. His play (statistically) was above-average. Not HOF-great.

  66. “When I think of a HoFer, I think of somebody who holds records in the NFL. Records that are unlikely to be beaten. I may be wrong, but I dunno if Harrison has any like that”
    Here’s a couple:
    – Harrison is the only player in NFL history with at least 30 sacks and 30 interceptions. No safety ever had as many sacks. You have to play a long time to beat that. Where are Reed and Paolamalu on that?
    I guarantee you the 108 yard inty return will be broken.
    His stats aren’t padded either like some CB’s who moved to Safety the last 5 years of their careers. His full career was at Safety.

  67. @mrmagoo:
    You’ve got the perception wrong about how we viewed that Clark hit up here in NE…most of us felt it was a clean hit and exactly how we would want to see our own DBs do.
    I’m sure a few whiny fans complained, but it seems all NFL teams have these types of fans from what I read daily on these comments.
    Clark’s hit was not dirty…it’s football.
    But you should really stop taking one or two Pats fans comments as the overall feelings all Pats fans have.
    I certainly don’t take it against all Steelers fans when you post your hateful dribble…
    Just like when I’ve commented many times that Polamalu is a tremendous player that I would love to see in a Pats uni, but I am not so sure you would ever say that about a Pats player…

  68. The Pro Bowl is a joke, it shouldn’t even come into the conversation when discussing HoF eligible players. It’s all politics and a popularity contest.

  69. Had he played @ the same time as Ronnie Lott theres no way the word dirty would have been used..the guy was viscious.
    Always loved to watch him play AFTER his opponent talked trash all week. He not only shut Randy [ wife beater] McMicheal out after RM chirped all week…he beat him up too.
    HOF…absolutely..his #’s warrant it….Could have made it on his SD performance alone.

  70. Harrison used an unfair advantage while he played if he gets in its a slap in the face to those who were clean..i cant believe this discussion even exists….if ed reed plays 5 more yrs and avgs at least 4ints a yr hell be 6th alltime in ints ..reed was a defensive player of the yr 5x all pro..and scores more touchdowns than some tight ends..reed is the truth ..harrison is jose canseco

  71. Who was the asshole making all that noise during the conference call? What a douche. Just hit the mute button you jackass. No one wants to listen to you typing.

  72. footballnut says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 12:18 pm
    @mrmagoo:
    You’ve got the perception wrong about how we viewed that Clark hit up here in NE…most of us felt it was a clean hit and exactly how we would want to see our own DBs do.
    I’m sure a few whiny fans complained, but it seems all NFL teams have these types of fans from what I read daily on these comments.
    Clark’s hit was not dirty…it’s football.
    But you should really stop taking one or two Pats fans comments as the overall feelings all Pats fans have.
    I certainly don’t take it against all Steelers fans when you post your hateful dribble…
    Just like when I’ve commented many times that Polamalu is a tremendous player that I would love to see in a Pats uni, but I am not so sure you would ever say that about a Pats player…
    _________________________________
    Thanks, I’ll stand corrected. Sometimes I can’t hear you guys talking for the whining drowning you out. Hateful dribble? You wound me to the core, sir. (it’s drivel by the way).
    I don’t hate the Pats as much as you think. It’s the double talking crap and refusal to man up that pisses me off. If you’re the exception, take pride in your exceptionalism.

  73. First of all, to all who discredit the PB, you are absolutely right. FAN voted players in the PB are there sometimes because idiot fans stuffed the ballot box with their team’s players or their favorites…period. The primarily coach and player selected pro bowlers by vote are more legit.
    As for people saying the HOF should be for special players only, I agree. Too bad it is voted on by writers instead of people who know more about the game and what makes a player great. It can be a bit of a popularity contest as well. How else do you explain completely overrated guys like Namath being in there?

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