Today in Patriots History
May 6, 2019:
The New England Patriots announce that Rodney Harrison has been elected to the Pats Hall of Fame. The Sunday Night Football analyst won the 2019 fan voting over Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel.
The strong safety spent the final six seasons of his 15-year NFL career with the Pats after playing in San Diego for nine years. He admirably filled a large void on the defense when Lawyer Milloy was released as a cap casualty at the start of the 2003 season. Rodney played a key role in the Patriots winning back-to-back Super Bowl titles in his first two seasons in Foxborough.
Rodney Harrison was a clutch performer, with an incredible seven interceptions in nine playoff games with the Pats - including two in Super Bowl 39. Those seven postseason interceptions are tied for the third-most in NFL history. In his first two seasons in New England, Harrison was not only the team's leading tackler each year, he also led all NFL defensive backs in tackles in both seasons. Rodney was also the leading tackler in the '03 and '04 postseasons, while registering two sacks, six interceptions, seven passes deflections and two forced fumbles in those six games.
Harrison is the all-time NFL leader in sacks by a defensive back with 30½, including nine while with the Pats. He is the only defensive back in NFL history with 30 sacks and 30 interceptions, with eight of those picks coming during his Patriots career. Rodney was voted a team captain in each of his six seasons with the Patriots and is a member of the New England Patriots All-Decade Team of the 2000s.