Congratulations to former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison! The 46-year-old is the 29th man to be voted to the team’s Hall of Fame, as was announced by the club earlier today. Harrison beat out fellow finalists Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel in a fan vote and will see the honor of induction bestowed upon him later this summer.
Harrison was originally acquired by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent in 2003. The former San Diego Chargers fifth-round draft choice would go on to spend the final six seasons of his fifteen-year career in New England, where he was a cornerstone of a team that won the Super Bowl in 2003 and 2004. A member of the Patriots’ 50th anniversary squad and team of the 2000s, Harrison appeared in a combined 72 regular season and playoff games for the club.
His impressive résumé with the Patriots speaks for itself: Harrison registered a combined 514 tackles while playing for the team between 2003 and 2008, as well as 15 interceptions and 11.0 sacks. The vocal and physical defensive back was furthermore named a team captain in each of his six seasons in New England and also nominated to two All-Pro squads. Following his retirement in 2009, Harrison became an analyst for NBC.
Now, in his first year as a finalist, he will receive the red jacket as the 29th member of the Patriots’ Hall of Fame. The enshrinement ceremony — which will also honor the late Leon Gray as this year’s senior selection — will traditionally take place during New England’s training camp.