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What Happened to Former Patriots Star Rodney Harrison?

The New England Patriots have had a lot of success throughout the years. The team has won a total of six Super Bowls, winning three in the last six years. The Patriots have had some of the best players to ever play in the NFL on their team.

One of those players who had an impressive NFL career is Rodney Harrison. Harrison played 15 seasons in the league. He played for the San Diego Chargers and the Patriots, winning two Super Bowl titles with the Patriots. During his playing career, he was one of the top safeties in the league.

Career with the Chargers

Rodney Harrison with the Chargers
Rodney Harrison spent nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers. | Owen C. Shaw/Getty Images

Harrison was drafted in the fifth round of the 1994 draft. When the Chargers drafted him that year, they made their only Super Bowl appearance losing to the San Francisco 49ers. Harrison would become a starter two seasons after his rookie season. In his first season as a starter, he had a total of 104 tackles and five interceptions.

In the nine seasons that Harrison spent with the Chargers, he was a two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1998 and 2001. He was also named a First-Team All-Pro in 1998. 2002 was his final season with the Chargers. That season he played in 13 games and recorded 88 tackles. After the 2002 season, the Chargers decided to release the safety.

Career with the Patriots

In March of 2003, Harrison signed a six-year contract with the Patriots. Before his first season with the Patriots, he was named a defensive captain. Harrison would become an essential piece in the success of the Patriots’ team during his time in New England.

He was a Super Bowl champion in his first year with the Patriots as they defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29. That was the team’s second title in three years. Harrison’s performance that season led him to be named to the Associated Press’ All-Pro team.

After winning his first Super Bowl, Harrison and the Patriots found themselves playing for another one during the 2004 season. The Patriots would take on the Philadelphia Eagles, and Harrison made some big plays during that game. He had two interceptions, the second came with 10 seconds left in the game and sealed the deal on the Patriots 24-21 victory over the Eagles.

Harrison suffered numerous injuries later on in his career playing for the Patriots. He still was able to have some success. In 2007, he became the first player to have 30 interceptions and 30 sacks in his career. He would retire in 2009.

What is Harrison doing now?

After retirement, Harrison continued to stick around the game of football. He currently serves as a commentator for Sunday Night Football on NBC. In 2019 the Patriots inducted Harrison into the team’s Hall of Fame.

Harrison still holds the record for sacks by a defensive back with 30.5. He’s also the all-time leader in career Super Bowl tackles with 33, and he set a Patriots’ record with seven interceptions in the playoffs.

Harrison made an impact on the game of football as a player. Bill Belichick called him one of the best players he has ever coached. Harrison was named both to the Patriots’ and Chargers’ 50th Anniversary Team. He came into the NFL from a small college at Western Illinois and became a dominant player.