NBC ties keep Rodney Harrison off Inside the NFL

nfl_harrison_usa.jpgBefore I met Rodney Harrison last November, a league source with extensive knowledge of the 15-year veteran told me in no uncertain terms that Rodney is a great guy.  “One of the best,” the source said.

I’ve been around Rodney six times or so since then, and the source was right on the money.  He’s quiet and polite and charming and understated and genuinely committed to being the best analyst that he possibly can be, without pulling any punches.  His candor, which likely will become even more potent in 2010, likely won’t win him many slaps on the back from the folks who are the targets of it.  But Rodney goes about his business off the field the same way he went about his business on the field — he has a job to do, and if someone doesn’t like how he does his job, that’s their problem, not his.

And there’s no arrogance in that attitude.  It’s the way he’s wired.  If every football player approached his job that way, the sport would be far better for it.

We mention all of this because Rodney’s style has gotten the attention of folks beyond NBC.  As Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News recently explained, Showtime’s Inside the NFL was very interested in hiring Harrison for 2010.

Raissman reports that Harrison “was all but told he had the gig,” but that the “deal was nixed” when “word was passed to top brass.”

Raissman never clearly points a finger at CBS or NBC for killing the deal.  We’re told that NBC had given the move “100 percent approval.”  So the veto came not from 30 Rock but from CBS.

And that’s their prerogative.  It’s just unfortunate that Raissman’s article wasn’t more clear. 

28 responses to “NBC ties keep Rodney Harrison off Inside the NFL

  1. As a Patriots fan I can’t thank Rodney Harrison enough.
    Seriously, that guy was a sight to behold.

  2. i don’t care for him. he talks in too many absolutes. just like sean salisbury. his OPINION does not make it so.

  3. This is too bad. Rodney is one of those former players whose analysis I always want to hear. At least he”ll still be on the NBC games. anything to take the sting out of having to listen to Olberman.

  4. Anybody else sick of seeing Pats on TV anyways? Teddy Bruschi sucks on ESPN.

  5. # SATAN567 says: May 19, 2010 9:51 AM
    Anybody else sick of seeing Pats on TV anyways? Teddy Bruschi sucks on ESPN.
    ——————————————————
    I am a Pats fan so take this with a grain of salt but I don’t think Bruschi is that bad. ESPN has some purely AWFUL (See Schlerith (Spelling?)) members on the NFL Live set.
    Bruschi is their most recent player so he can give the best vibe(Not the best word but whatever) on locker rooms of today.
    Harrison is a hell of a lot better than Bettis who was afraid of saying anything negative about any players in the league.
    Harrison also isn’t afraid to take shots at the PATS when they do something that does not make sense.

  6. Another fine piece of biased, opinion-pushing yellow journalism delivered from Florio’s high horse. Thanks TMZ sports.

  7. I am not 100% sure but I am pretty sure that Flroio used to bash Harrison before he became a puppet for the “news” network NBC. Money changes a man.

  8. Yeah I’m a Pats fan but when Rodney & Tedy were on the team they were two guys I always listened to because they didn’t BS around. Same goes for both of them now. They give you exactly what they think, no sugarcoat. They don’t play favorites either. Both of them publicly disagreed with BB’s 4th & 2 decision. I like that even though I don’t always agree with them, you know that everything they say is their real opinion not nebulous garbage based on their irrational love & hate of certain players personally like Jamie Dukes, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk etc. are guilty of. One can be straight without being whiny nasty bitches like those three are. Another good one is Sapp. He has learned the art of critiquing without insulting…unlike those other three dooshes.

  9. @Shuxion – actually I think Schlereth does a pretty decent job. I’m with you on Harrison and Bettis, though.

  10. @shuxion… schleth does a great job, pretty unbiased. Bruscki(spelling ) is pretty biased though

  11. Florio, just admit to everyone that you’re a Pats fan…no one believes otherwise

  12. Bruschi is a parrot. He just echos anything PC already said by other talking heads. That comes from years of only saying what Belicheat approved.

  13. Harrison is a refreshing sarprise. HE speaks his mind on contrversial topics. It was a howl when he said Tom Brady should take off his skirt for whining aboout every incidental contact.

  14. Anybody else notice the correlation between Florio’s relationships to an athlete biasing him towards that athlete? Harrison is a decent commentator, but he allows his bias to creep in.
    How about what Harrison said about the Steelers/Cardinals game “”Unlike last year’s Super Bowl, this year’s Super Bowl will be won by the best team,” Harrison said, “and that’s the Pittsburgh Steelers.” Yea- he does not bring any bias into the booth.
    Referring to Kerry Rhodes statement that Tom Brady won’t step into his throws because he’s afraid of guys being around him: “Now I’m not the smartest guy but if I read a little into that it means they’re going to try to go after Tom Brady’s knees.”
    Referring to Rhodes say they wanted to embarrass the Patriots “”As far as him coming out saying he wants to embarrass us…” He stills considers himself a Patriot, how much can his statements be taken at face value after that?
    Listen to Harrison’s comments about T.O. “I’m pumped about T.O. opening up his big mouth about the Patriots. It’s fair now. I can actually put a bounty on T.O. if I wanted and not get in any trouble.” A bounty- good call.
    Florio- don’t let you bias creep in- you are supposed to be a journalist.

  15. I think he’s still running back that interception off Rapistburger in the AFC championship game for a td…….and by the way, What ever happened to Eagles wr Freddie Mitchell?He called out Rodney right before the SB and was never seen or heard from again.

  16. Do u have Harrison’s intitials tatooed somewhere on your body Florio? Over half the blog was a bit of a man-crush…..

  17. @ Ericthred
    The same thing that happened to Anthony Smith of the Squealers. Darth Hoodie snapped his diabolical little fingers.
    muhahhaaha

  18. SUSPENDED FOR VIOLATING THE STERIOD POLICY. CHEATER.
    Mike, your double standard here with those other players who have cheated is surprising.
    Harrison is a guy I turn the channel to avoid. So is that awful Michael Irvin, POS.
    I’ll listen to Schlereth and Bettis is getting better.

  19. I’d take Michael Irvin and Neon Deion over this clown and that’s saying a lot.

  20. Headline = “NBC ties keep Rodney Harrison off Inside the NFL”
    Body Copy/Conclusion = “We’re told that NBC had given the move “100 percent approval.” So the veto came not from 30 Rock but from CBS.”
    So, which is it, NBC or CBS that vetoed his appearance?
    You’re not being any clearer than the original article, Mike…

  21. “We’re told that NBC had given the move “100 percent approval.” So the veto came not from 30 Rock but from CBS”…
    Shouldn’t the title of this article be – “CBS ties…” then if NBC gave 100 percent approval?
    Also, what is Harrison’s association with CBS?

  22. EaglesFan05 says:
    May 19, 2010 12:17 PM
    “We’re told that NBC had given the move “100 percent approval.” So the veto came not from 30 Rock but from CBS”…
    Shouldn’t the title of this article be – “CBS ties…” then if NBC gave 100 percent approval?
    Also, what is Harrison’s association with CBS?
    ______________
    EaglesFan05, the word is TIES not TRIES. Subtle, but different. His TIES to NBC are keeping him off. NBC is not TRYING to keep him off. He currently has no ties to CBS that I’m aware of.
    ….Eagles fans….honest to god……

  23. How the hell did NBC ties not keep Cris Collinsworth off ‘Inside the NFL’???

  24. EverybodyGotAIDS , what I said made sense. I didn’t mean TRIES, I meant TIES. The article somehow alludes to the fact that Rodney Harrison has ties to CBS which is keeping him off the SHOWTIME show.
    The PFT article DOESN’T make it clear that CBS owns SHOWTIME or Inside the NFL. You’d have to actually click on the article provided to be told that.
    So to someone reading the article who doesn’t know that CBS owns the channel, it sounds like Rodney Harrison has business relationships with NBC and CBS and that CBS is using their right of refusal to stop him from doing the show on SHOWTIME.

  25. “Rodney goes about his business off the field the same way he went about his business on the field”
    Do they have hgh for broadcasters as well? does he somehow still cheat and make excuses the get back on the air as soon as possible?

  26. There is no bigger Patriot HATER on ESPN than Mark Schlereth, fromer Bronco and only TV personality from the last team to win back to back Superbowls before the Patriots did it.
    He LOVED breaking down those spygate tapes that showed………nothing. He spent weeks on it.
    Don’t let him fool you he’s got a seriously anti-Belichick agenda.

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