Rodney Harrison Biography
Rodney Harrison (Rodney Scott Harrison) serves as a commentator for Sunday Night Football on NBC which he joined in 2009.
He is a former three-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion. During his career, Rodney Harrison set and still holds the record for sacks by a defensive back, as well as becoming the first NFL player with 30 sacks and 30 interceptions.
Rodney Harrison Education
Harrison attended Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. In March 2006, Marian Catholic retired Harrison’s No. 37 jersey, although he never actually wore No. 37 while in high school. He graduated from high school in 1991.
Rodney Harrison NBC Sports
In addition to his role on Football Night in America, Rodney Harrison has also contributed to NBC Sports Group’s coverage of four Super Bowls, most recently as studio analyst for NBC’s Super Bowl LII pregame show. The NFL veteran also hosts Safety Blitz with Dan Schwartzman and Harrison on NBC Sports Radio.
Rodney Harrison NFL
Harrison spent 15 seasons in the NFL, first with the San Diego Chargers (1994-2002) and later with the New England Patriots (2003-08). He is currently just one of two players in NFL history to record at least 30 sacks and 30 interceptions in his career, while his 30.5 sacks are the most by a defensive back in league history.Rodney Harrison Photo
Renowned as a clutch performer, the hard-hitting safety posted seven interceptions in 13 career playoff games.
During his tenure with the Patriots, Rodney Harrison served as the anchor for a Bill Belichick defense that helped win consecutive Super Bowls from 2004-05. Harrison was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2003 and earned second-team honors the following year.
In 2006, his teammates honored him with the Ed Block Courage Award, given each year to the player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration.
While with the Chargers, Harrison amassed 26 interceptions and earned two trips to the Pro Bowl (1998, 2001). Harrison was also selected as the Chargers’ defensive player of the year four times, as voted on by his teammates (1996-97, 2000-01).
In 1997, he became the first player in NFL history to score touchdowns on a fumble return, interception return and kickoff return in the same season.
A former standout at Western Illinois from 1991-93, he earned All-American honors twice and set the program’s single-game total tackles record (28) against Western Kentucky.
Rodney Harrison Age
Harrison was born on December 15, 1972 in Markham, Illinois, United States. He is 46 years old as of 2018.
Rodney Harrison Height
He stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) weighing 220 lb (100 kg).
Rodney Harrison Wife
Harrison is married to Erika Harrison. His wife also attended the Western Illinois University where the couple met first. The couple resides in Atlanta, Ga with their children; Mikala Harrison, Christian Harrison, and Rodney Harrison Jr.
Rodney Harrison Salary
During his time in the Chargers, Rodney earned $13.73 million, including his endorsements and bonuses. Later, on March 13, 2003, he joined the New England Patriots with a 6-year contract of $14.95 million, including the signing bonus of $2.5 million and the average salary of $2.49 million.
Rodney Harrison NBC Salary
On June 3, 2009, Harrison announced his retirement from professional football to become an analyst for NBC Sports. Harrison’s salary at NBC Sports is estimated to be around $1.5 million.
Rodney Harrison Net Worth
Rodney Harrison has an estimate net worth of around $11.5 million which he has earned from his professional football career and as an analyst for NBC Sports.
Rodney Harrison Hall of Fame
In May 2019, Harrison has been elected to a hall of fame. Fans voted the hard-hitting safety into the Patriots Hall of Fame, the team announced Monday. Harrison was a team captain for all of his six seasons (2003-08) in New England and helped the franchise win consecutive Super Bowls.
Following a nine-year career with the San Diego Chargers, Harrison was an All-Pro and the Patriots’ leading tackler in each of his first two seasons with the Patriots. He also had some of his biggest games in the postseason. He recorded seven interceptions in nine playoff games, including two in Super Bowl XXXIX against the Philadelphia Eagles. The latter pick clinched the New England victory.
“When I came over here to the Patriots, the thing that I loved about Coach [Bill] Belichick was we had purpose,” Harrison said on a conference call. “Everything that we were doing, it had a purpose. It was just really good to get around a bunch of other people that really loved football.”
Harrison was the Patriots’ leading tackler in their ’03 and ’04 title runs as well, while recording two sacks, six interceptions, seven passes defensed and two forced fumbles over six postseason games.
Harrison holds the NFL record for sacks by a defensive back (30.5) and is one of only two players in league history with 30 sacks and 30 interceptions (Ray Lewis) in his career.
New England instituted a new tradition in 2007, inducting one player or coach each year into the team’s hall of fame. The nomination process involves a panel of media, alumni and staff and is voted on by the fans, making the Patriots the lone NFL team to allows their fans to decide who’s selected for the club’s highest honor. This year’s finalists included defensive lineman Richard Seymour and linebacker Mike Vrabel.
Patriots offensive tackle Leon Gray, who was selected for enshrinement by a 10-person senior selection committee in April, will also be inducted with Harrison. The date for the ceremony has yet to be determined.