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All-time Bill Belichick Patriots team: Safety

Ryan Hannable
July 18, 2018 - 1:58 pm
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Leading up to Patriots training camp at the end of July we’re unveiling our all-time Bill Belichick Patriots team with a new position coming out almost every day. Today, it’s safety (2). Click here for the complete series so far.

Rodney Harrison

When Harrison joined the Patriots in 2003, his career got a huge boost of energy. He spent the first nine years of his career with the Chargers, but when people think of him they think of his six years with the Patriots. In those six years he won two Super Bowls and finished with eight regular-season interceptions. He was one of the best strong safeties in all of football during that time as well.

Harrison was also extremely clutch, as he had seven picks in his nine postseason games for the Patriots.

"In the biggest games, in any situation and on a weekly basis, his production was phenomenal. Rodney embodies all the attributes coaches seek and appreciate: toughness, competitiveness, leadership, selflessness, hard work, intensity, professionalism -- and coming from Rodney, they are contagious," Bill Belichick said when Harrison retired in June of 2009.

Devin McCourty

McCourty has made a nice career for himself with the Patriots. Drafted as a cornerback in the first round of the 2010 draft, McCourty soon switched to safety and now is among the best free safeties in the league.

The Rutgers product is a two-time Super Bowl champion and also a two-time Pro Bowler. In his eight seasons, he has 20 interceptions and 76 pass deflections. McCourty's impact goes beyond the field as he is one of the biggest leaders in the Patriots locker room who everybody looks up to.

“He does it every day. Devin just does a tremendous job – the leadership that he’s given us, the professionalism, the embodiment of the team and putting the team first, I mean, on every level,” Belichick said at the end of last season. “I don’t know how it could be really much better or any better than what it is. He does a tremendous job every day from 7 in the morning when things start going here, to our meetings, to our walkthroughs, to the practice field, to the film sessions, to game days, to after the game – the way he handles every situation, he does a great job for us. The leadership he gives us is tremendous. I don’t know what else to say.”

Honorable Mention: Lawyer Milloy

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