For as dominant as New England Patriots dynasty 1.0 was (3 Super Bowl titles, all within a span of 4 years – 2001-2004) there’s a scant numbers of players from those teams in the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
Let’s list them.
That is all.
Speaking at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony of Rodney Harrison head coach Bill Belichick said he would like to see that change.
“Soon, hopefully they’ll have the other Patriots in the NFL Hall of Fame,” Belichick said. “This one, Rodney Harrison, deserves to be there.”
Harrison retired from football as the only defensive back in NFL history with at least 30 interceptions and 30 sacks.
“He was a tremendous blitzer,” said Belichick. “I’ll say as good a blitzer as any defensive back who has ever played the game. He was simply unblockable. If I would have blitzed him more, he probably would have had 75 sacks. I mean, we couldn’t block him in practice and nobody could block him in a game.”
Rodney Harrison played safety for the Patriots from 2003-2008. During that time he amassed 441 combined tackles, 312 total tackles, and 129 assists all over just 63 games.
Coach Belichick says he wishes Harrison could have been in New England longer.
“It was an honor and a privilege to have Rodney Harrison on this team. I wish I would have been smart enough to draft him.”
In addition to being a fierce competitor, Belichick praised Harrison’s natural leadership abilities.
“Rodney mentioned that he was a captain before he even played a game. And you can see why,” said Belichick. “It’s just the leadership, and the passion for football, the way he connects with people and appreciates people, how unselfish he is. What a great teammate. There it is right there.
“He was a very well prepared player. One of the best that I’ve ever coached certainly, and, for that matter, seen.”