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Rodney Harrison | Defensive Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (45) / 12/15/1972
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 220
College: Western Illinois
Drafted: 1994 / Rd. 5 (145) / LAC

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Rodney Harrison officially announced his retirement and hire by NBC Sports Wednesday morning.
The NY Daily News also reports that Tony Dungy will join Harrison on Football Night in America. Jerome Bettis' contract expired. The only player ever with over 30 career sacks and 30 interceptions, Harrison won two Super Bowls with the Patriots as the ultimate "in the box safety." His unpopularity with players around the league will greatly hurt his longshot Hall of Fame chances. He was only voted to two Pro Bowls, and the number should have been closer to six. Wed, Jun 3, 2009 09:52:00 AM

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Free agent Rodney Harrison is expected to announce his retirement from football on Wednesday, according to the Boston Herald.

He'll also be introduced as part of of NBC's broadcast team. The Patriots moved on from Harrison by drafting Patrick Chung with the 34th overall pick. Brandon Meriweather is New England's new full-time starting strong safety.
Tue, Jun 2, 2009 06:11:00 PM

Rodney Harrison is expected to address his football future during a conference call Tuesday.

Harrison had targeted June 1 as his decision day. The Patriots have moved on without him, and it's believed that Harrison will retire to pursue a career in broadcasting.
Tue, Jun 2, 2009 10:59:00 AM

The Patriots appear to have "moved on" from free agent Rodney Harrison.

Harrison has yet to decide if he wants to continue playing, but the Pats' offseason moves at safety could make his decision easier. The team recently signed hard-hitting safety Brandon McGowan after drafting Patrick Chung, leaving them with five safeties in a crowded field.
Wed, May 6, 2009 09:51:00 AM

Free agent SS Rodney Harrison will decide whether to keep playing or retire by June 1.

Harrison's recovery from a torn quadriceps is going well, but conventional wisdom has him retiring to take on a career in television. It's been reported that the Falcons are interested if he does decide to continue his playing career.
Fri, Apr 3, 2009 12:28:00 PM

The Boston Globe suggests that free agent Rodney Harrison could be an option for the Falcons.

Harrison is an Atlanta native and GM Tom Dimitroff knows him from their New England days, but the Falcons just rid themselves of a similar player in Lawyer Milloy. Thomas DeCoud is the club's starting strong safety for now.
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 01:15:00 PM

Free agent SS Rodney Harrison hasn't closed the door on returning for either a 16th NFL season or a seventh with the Patriots.

Harrison hasn't made a decision on whether he wants to play again yet, but he is rehabbing and believes he can still play. If he does return, Harrison would prefer to stay with the Pats but hasn't ruled out other options.
Fri, Jan 30, 2009 12:17:00 PM

Appearing on NFL Network as a sideline reporter before Saturday's playoff games, Rodney Harrison hinted that he doesn't plan to retire in 2009.

Harrison, whose 2008 season ended due to a torn quadriceps, called himself a "free agent." He could resurface as next season, but he's unlikely to be handed a big role anywhere but New England. Harrison recently turned 36.
Sat, Jan 3, 2009 03:33:00 PM

The Providence Journal believes the Patriots would welcome SS Rodney Harrison back if he wanted to return in 2009.

It was thought that the 36-year-old free agent would hang up the spikes after his season ended early with a torn quad muscle, but he may try to play one more year to leave on his own terms. Brandon Meriweather has emerged as a keystone of the defense, so Harrison would have a limited role if he did return.
Fri, Jan 2, 2009 11:37:00 AM

Rodney Harrison will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season after tearing his quad muscle on Monday night. The injury likely marks the end of his 15-year career.

Harrison will unfairly be best remembered as a "dirty" player who racked up fines, not unlike recently retired John Lynch. But he'll also be remembered as the consummate teammate and run-stopping safety. He only made two Pro Bowls because of his unpopularity around the league, but will get Hall of Fame consideration as the only man with 30 interceptions and 30 sacks in NFL history. Ultimately, we'd guess he'll fall short of Canton. Brandon Meriweather figures to replace him at strong safety now.
Tue, Oct 21, 2008 11:20:00 AM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Rodney Harrison's condition "doesn't look too good" after the safety was carted off the field Monday night with his right knee immobilized.

Such talk from the notoriously terse Patriots coach means Harrison's condition is probably serious and season-ending. Harrison's impressive 15-year career has likely reached its end. This is a blow for the already-poor Patriots defensive backfield, especially in run support.
Tue, Oct 21, 2008 09:13:00 AM

Patriots SS Rodney Harrison was carted off after a right leg injury on the final play of the third quarter Monday night.

The injury did not look good for Harrison, who was distraught and needed help from the medical staff to get on the cart. He could not place any weight on his leg and the injury could be season threatening. Harrison's loss would be a blow to what has been a less than average secondary on the season.
Mon, Oct 20, 2008 11:15:00 PM

Patriots SS Rodney Harrison doesn't plan to retire this offseason.

Harrison, 35, is entering the final year of his deal. Considering his age, Harrison's play didn't fall off too significantly in 2007. He finished with 68 tackles, one pick, and seven breakups after returning from suspension.
Mon, Feb 11, 2008 10:36:00 AM

Rodney Harrison is now eligible to return to the Patriots following a four-game suspension for violating the league's banned substance policy.

Harrison figures to rejoin the starting lineup, with James Sanders returning to a reserve role after starting the first four games of the season.
Tue, Oct 2, 2007 09:39:00 AM

Law enforcement sources told the Albany Times Union that Rodney Harrison made a phone call to purchase his first dose of HGH from a South Florida wellness clinic a days before the Patriots' 2004 playoff win over Tennessee.

The clinic allegedly created a phony prescription so Harrison could get HGH in preloaded syringes two weeks before New England's Super Bowl win over Carolina. Harrison, who is eligible to come off suspension in Week 5, admitted to HGH use when confronted by Albany police at the Patriots' practice facility in a meeting set up by the NFL.
Wed, Sep 19, 2007 02:19:00 AM

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