Former Patriots security Rodney Harrison was omitted of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2024 Thursday night time.
The Hall’s latest class was introduced on the finish of NFL Honors, an annual, primetime awards present. The seven-member class consists of Julius Peppers, Dwight Freeney, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Patrick Willis, Randy Gradishar and Steve McMichael. Harrison was named a finalist for a primary time this yr.
Harrison spent six of his 15 seasons with the Patriots, successful two Super Bowls after he made a pair Pro Bowls with the Chargers. He is the one defensive again in NFL historical past to document 30 profession sacks and 30 interceptions. Bill Belichick has referred to as him the most effective security he’s ever coached.
Harrison, a two-time All-Pro and Patriots Hall of Famer, beforehand advised the Herald in a 2019 interview he believes ex-Patriots are discriminated in opposition to within the Pro Football Hall of Fame choice course of.
“It’s just unfortunate. It’s almost a form of discrimination. People don’t want to elevate us, or recognize, or acknowledge how great we are, because they’re such haters,” he mentioned. “Everywhere I am going, folks hate on the Patriots. So we don’t get credit score. All I hear is Tom (Brady) and Bill (Belichick). But that’s such a lazy evaluation.
As for making the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Harrison added: “The bottom line for me is this. I never sought out to be a Hall of Famer. That was never my goal. I’m not upset because I’m not in the (Pro Football) Hall of Fame. That doesn’t upset me. … A lot of guys need that to identify and let people know who they are, and their worth. It is what it is. I believe my numbers speak for themselves.”
Over his profession, Harrison appeared in 186 regular-season video games, totaling 1,206 tackles, 34 interceptions, 78 move deflections, 15 pressured fumbles and 30.5 sacks. He additionally snatched seven interceptions in 13 playoff video games, together with 4 through the Patriots’ run to Super Bowl XLIX, when he picked off Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb twice in a 24-21 victory.