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<em>Patriots head coach Bill Belichick congratulates safety Rodney Harrison after their defeat of the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship game in Foxborough January 20, 2008.</em>
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick congratulates safety Rodney Harrison after their defeat of the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship game in Foxborough January 20, 2008.

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Statement from Bill Belichick on Rodney Harrison

"Rodney Harrison is one of the best players I have ever coached," said Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. "In the biggest games, in any situation and on a weekly basis, his production was phenomenal. Rodney is the best practice player I have seen in 35 years in the NFL, which is a testament to his exceptional passion for the game and his desire to sustain and improve his level of play. Regardless of his status on the team and in the league, Rodney's approach to preparation spoke volumes about his devotion to the team and his ability to raise every player's game. Rodney embodies all the attributes coaches seek and appreciate - toughness, competitiveness, leadership, selflessness, hard work, intensity, professionalism - and coming from Rodney, they are contagious. I am honored to have coached Rodney Harrison and am grateful for his significant impact on my career and the success of the New England Patriots."

Karen Guregian asserts Vince Wilfork may sit out mandatory mini-camp.

While it was difficult to get Vince Wilfork to say what was really bothering him about his contract talks, the Patriots nose tackle made one point perfectly clear yesterday: He is prepared to sit out next week’s mandatory minicamp if the situation calls for it.

Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) explains why the NFL will miss Rodney Harrison.

But all you had to do was turn on the film and watch this guy play football the right way — even after the whistle had blown. He was a technician, he played with intensity and he definitely intimidated every player he came across — and I wanted to model that.

He didn’t have the overall skills of a guy like my former teammate Sean Taylor, or the ball-hawking ability of an Ed Reed, or even the overall game of a Troy Polamalu, but what Harrison had was much more valuable when I look at true football players.

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