Rodney Harrison, the three-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion, has joined NBC’s Emmy nominated studio show "Football Night in America" as an analyst. Harrison had worked on NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIII pre-game coverage.
Dick Ebersol, Chairman of NBC Sports, said of Harrison: "Rodney is someone we’ve had our eye on. He is a strong communicator and personality, and our initial thoughts about him were confirmed when he did a terrific job for us at the Super Bowl. We have no doubt that Rodney will be as hard-hitting with his opinions as he was with his body on the football field.
"To paraphrase one of his teammates, ‘Rodney was as blunt with his opinions as he was with this hits.’"
Harrison retired from professional football after a 15-year-career in which he made three Pro Bowl appearances and is the only player in NFL history with at least 30 career sacks and 30 career interceptions.
Prior to joining the Patriots, Harrison played nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers. In his rookie season, the Chargers made the Super Bowl but lost to the San Francisco 49ers. Renowned as a clutch performer, the hard-hitting safety had seven interceptions in 13 career NFL Playoff games. Harrison’s 2008 season was cut short due to injury.
Off the field, Harrison’s Patriots’ teammates honored him with the 2006 Ed Block Courage award for the player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration. In 2005, he participated in an officiating internship at NFL Europe's training camp in Tampa, Fla., to learn more about the responsibilities of an NFL referee in anticipation of a potential post-football career. Harrison is an avid Madden football player, often competing anonymously against fans online.