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43. Rodney Harrison

After playing for the San Diego Chargers for nine years, Rodney Harrison joined the New England Patriots in 2003, bringing a veteran presence and a hungry attitude to what was already a great team.

Harrison’s first year in New England immediately proved to be one of the best signings in history.  The Safety was a First Team All-Pro that season, and he recorded 125 Tackles in the regular season, but it was in the playoffs where he placed himself in the lore of Patriots history.  In 2003, Harrison intercepted Tennessee’s Steve McNair in the Divisional Playoffs and Peyton Manning of Indianapolis in the AFC Championship. The Patriots won the Super Bowl that year, and Harrison won his first ring.

The year after, Harrison was again spectacular in the playoffs, picking off Manning in the Divisional Playoffs, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger in the AFC Title Game, and Donovan McNabb of Philadelphia twice in the Super Bowl.  He also had 141 Tackles that regular season, a career-high.

Harrison suffered through many injuries over the next four seasons, seeing him retire in 2008.   Eleven years later, he was elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame. 

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Strong Safety
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 3/13/03.
  • Departed: Retired 6/3/09.
  • Games Played: 63
  • Notable Statistics:

    62 Games Started
    8 Interceptions
    16 Interception Return Yards
    8 Forced Fumbles
    7 Fumble Recoveries
    4 Fumble Recovery Yards
    9.0 Quarterback Sacks
    446 Combined Tackles
    317 Solo Tackles
    129 Assisted Tackles
    18 Tackles for Loss
    10 Quarterback Hits*
    36 Approximate Value

    9 Playoff Games
    7 Interceptions
    118 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    2 Forced Fumbles
    2.0 Quarterback Sacks
    73 Combined Tackles
    56 Solo Tackles
    17 Assisted Tackles
    3 Tackles for Loss
    2 Quarterback Hits*

    *Quarterback Hits became a statistic in 2007.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XXXVIII & XXXIX)
    First Team All-Pro (2003)
    Second Team All-Pro (2004)

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