Rodney Harrison on D&K: Patriots HOF induction 'really warms my heart'

Amin Touri
July 26, 2019 - 12:51 pm

Rodney Harrison will be immortalized in the Patriots Hall of Fame on Monday night, and when he steps to the podium for his induction speech, it'll be a validation of a remarkable career.

Harrison played six seasons in New England and quickly became a fan favorite as the hard-hitting strong safety at the back end of the defense, winning back-to-back Super Bowl titles as a part of the first Patriots dynasty of the early 2000s. The fans loved him enough to vote him in over Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel, an honor that Harrison opened up about on Dale & Keefe Friday with Andy Hart in for Rich Keefe.

"I was stunned," Harrison said. "When I saw my name, I was like okay, I got great consideration, it'll probably Richard, I mean he was just up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And I'm sitting there and I get the call from Mr. Kraft and he tells me and I'm like, 'are you serious?' And he said, 'yeah. Congratulations.'

"For me to get this opportunity and for these fans to vote me in, I just broke down and started crying, because that's what I played for. I played because I loved the fans, because I loved to give them something excited to cheer about, and it made a lot to me to bring my boys here. I was always talk to them about hard work, dedication, being disciplined, doing all the necessary sacrifices to get to that level, and now they get the chance to see all that hard work pay off right here, it's been tremendous."

Along with a pair of Super Bowl rings, Harrison earned two All-Pro nods and two Pro Bowl appearances, captaining a Patriots defense that was one of the league's best during those Super Bowl runs.

"To come here in the fashion that I came here, with Lawyer Milloy and basically replacing him, and I never said this, but my goal was always to make people forget about Lawyer Milloy," Harrison said. "And I love Lawyer, and I think he's a great player, but that was my job. In order to come here and make a true impact, I had to take my game to the next level and that's what I prided myself on. I didn't want anyone thinking that Coach Belichick made a mistake in bringing me in.

"For these fans to vote me in, and to have that type of consideration really just warms my heart."