Rodney Harrison Retiring—Begins Broadcasting Gig

Aaron DodgeAnalyst IJune 2, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 30:  Safety Rodney Harrison #37 of the New England Patriots rests on the field during the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 30, 2006 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Patriots won 31-7. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Boston Herald's John Tomase is reporting that Rodney Harrison plans to formally announce his retirement tomorrow. Tomase goes on to report that Harrison will also be introduced by NBC as the newest member of their broadcast team.

Harrison's retirement will cap a career which spanned 15 seasons split between the San Diego Chargers (1994-2002) and the New England Patriots (2003-2008). He was on two of the Patriots Super Bowl winning teams, even sealing the 24-21 victory against the Eagles in 2004 with one of his two interceptions of Donavan McNabb that night.

His career numbers are almost as impressive as his on-field legacy. He compiled 1,198 tackles, 30.5 sacks, 34 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, and two scores. He is the only player in NFL history to have reached the achievement of 30 sacks and interceptions in his career.

Statistical production is one thing, but what Rodney did on the field was a whole other animal. Harrison was a feared hitter, non-stop talker, and natural leader. His history of bone jarring hits and verbal spats with players and officials along with his winning personality all point to the player that he was, a great one.

The aging safety dealt with a rash of injuries in the last leg of his career and fought through them all until his body had enough. He will now pursue a new career in the broadcasting industry with NBC and no one should be surprised to see him excel there as well—just don't get him angry.