Rodney Harrison: NFL player once offered sex with his girlfriend for jersey number

rodney-harrisonWe all know NFL players are often willing to spend thousands of dollars to keep the same jersey number when they join a new team. Heck, Darrelle Revis reportedly paid $50,000 to keep No. 24 when he went to Tampa Bay. But how much can you pay before it becomes too much. What about sex with a girlfriend? Is that too much?

Former NFL safety Rodney Harrison discussed the attachment some players have to their jersey numbers on NBC Sports Network’s “Pro Football Talk” earlier this week. We’ll let him take it from there.

“[A] guy offered another guy $50,000 for his number and the guy said, ‘No way, I need my number,’” Harrison explained. “It just shows you how superstitious these guys are and how connected they are to their number. But at the same time, then the next thing was probably the craziest thing. Money, people offer that all the time, but the guy said, ‘Hey man, I’ll allow you to sleep with my girlfriend.’ Once he said that, I lost my mind. I said no way can it be that serious. I said, ‘Obviously you don’t love your girlfriend that much.’”

And we thought trading a year’s supply of diapers was pretty insane? If someone needs a number badly enough to offer their girlfriend, they either need to break up with her or seek some psychologic help for how attached they are to their jersey.

Rodney Harrison rips Rob Gronkowski ‘You need to grow up’

Rob Gronkowski’s shirtless dancing after the Super Bowl loss has become one of the biggest postgame stories. Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison joined The Waddle & Silvy Show Wednesday and was told about the incident by the hosts. Harrison says that was the first he had heard about it, and he did not respond well.

“I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, (Gronkowski) probably would have got his head rung. There’s no reason for that to happen,” Harrison said.

“When we lost the Super Bowl, any of my Super Bowl losses, I was so devastated the last thing I ever wanted to do was party, let alone dance or take off your shirt,” he added. “It’s just immaturity. It’s not right. He made a mistake and I’m sure he feels absolutely stupid about it at this point. There’s a time and place for everything.”

“The leadership has to step up and someone has to pull (Gronkowski) to the side and say, ‘Look young man, this is inappropriate, this is not the time nor the place. You need to grow up. And that’s what it comes down to. I like this kid. I think he’s a good kid, works hard, is unselfish. But he made a mistake …”

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Rodney Harrison Says David Tyree Was Asante Samuel’s Man

Over the past three years, we have all seen the David Tyree catch multiple times. Forget divine intervention helping Tim Tebow win with the Broncos this season. The closest thing I have ever seen to divine intervention on a football field was Eli Manning somehow escaping the grasp of Jarvis Green and Tyree somehow making a catch against his helmet. Rodney Harrison was the man covering Tyree, but he did everything he could. The ball just was not going to come out.

On Monday night, Harrison reluctantly discussed the most infamous play in Patriots history.  What’s done is done, and there are plenty of people who can be blamed for the Patriots failure to complete the perfect season.  Harrison did, however, reveal a piece of information that was not really known through the years: Tyree was Asante Samuel’s responsibility.

“I think I was playing Cover 4,” Harrison explained according to Pro Football Talk. “It was man-to-man coverage and, no one really knows this, but that was Asante Samuel’s man. I don’t want to throw him under the bus but basically he kind of let him go. He freed up and I thought that (Manning was going to be sacked) but I was still playing my position. I was in perfect position for my two wide receivers I had over here and all of a sudden I see (Manning) escape and I just see David Tyree. I see a receiver wide open in the middle of the field and I just did my best to try to separate him and the ball. It didn’t work.”

As you’ll see if you watch the video below, Harrison sounded like he was being sincere in not wanting to throw Samuel under the bus.  That being said, the information he gave makes that particular drive a nightmare for Samuel.  He allowed an interception to go right through his hands just before that, and on top of that it was his man running free that made the game-saving catch.  You know what they say about hindsight.

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Rodney Harrison: Family and Friends are Biggest Super Bowl Distraction

Rodney Harrison played in three Super Bowls with the Patriots and won two of them. He’s been through the drill a few times and is familiar with all the hype and distractions that come with the big game. Prior to the Pro Bowl Sunday, he explained on NBC what the biggest distraction of the Super Bowl is.

“The biggest distraction for me, and I hate to admit to it, are family and friends,” he said, “Because they’re pulling you, they’re grabbing you in all types of different directions. They’re asking you ‘Hey, can you come to lunch with us?’ They even want to take you to the mall.

“But for me, Thursday was the deadline. I’m cutting everyone off on Thursday. I had a cell phone and I cut everyone off. I bought a cell phone, cut my other cell phone off, and said ‘Only my wife will call me on this one.'”

We’ve heard this before, and it’s worth mentioning again. Some teams arrive and want to be a part of the parties. Other teams come prepared for a business trip, and they’re content saving their partying until after the game is over. How both teams conduct themselves this week, and their ability to avoid all the distractions, will have a major impact on how focused they are for Sunday.

Rodney Harrison Rips Albert Haynesworth for Quitting, Faking Injuries

Bill Belichick and the Patriots thought they might be able to resurrect Albert Haynesworth’s career.  They were wrong.  Once considered to be the most dominant defensive lineman in the game, Haynesworth has become a disgrace.  He signed a record-breaking free agent contract in 2009 only to collect his guaranteed money and throw in the towel on the Redskins.  You can see why a player like Albert would frustrate a guy who always gave it 110 percent like Rodney Harrison.

“To see Albert Haynesworth get an opportunity to come to a great organization, with a great coach, a fabulous quarterback and all the good parts around him…” Harrison said in a recent interview that ESPN.com passed along. “To see him come out there and flat out quit, for him to pretend like he’s hurt and not go out there and become a professional football player with every chance and opportunity that guys hope and dream for, he gets it. He gets a $100 million contract, and to see him flat out quit was very disappointing.

“And I’ll tell you this, he’s going to look back five, 10, 15 years from now when he’s done playing football. He will look back on his career and he will be sitting in his mansion. But he will feel miserable, because no one is going to ever respect the name Albert Haynesworth because he flat out quit. That’s a shame and that’s a disappointment. You shouldn’t play the game of football for money. You should play it because you love it. If you love it, and you go out and play well, you’re going to make money. You’re going to have a good life. But I’m very disappointed in Albert Haynesworth.”

Harrison has shown recently that he’s not afraid to go after the Patriots, and his ripping of Haynesworth is spot-on.  He had — and still has — all the potential in the world to be one of the best defensive players in the game, but he can’t seem to bring himself to give a crap.  The phrase “waste of talent” is thrown around a lot in professional sports, but I can’t think of a better example than Fat Albert.

Rodney Harrison Rips Patriots Defensive Scheme and Roster Moves

Rodney Harrison knows a little something about playing defense for the New England Patriots. When Bill Belichick brought Harrison over from San Diego in 2003, he was committing to the type of smash-mouth defense that had resulted in a Super Bowl caliber team.  With Harrison as one of the leaders of an aggressive defense, the Patriots won two championships.

Those of you who watched the Steelers beat the Patriots on Sunday are aware that the Rodney Harrison-style defense New England used to play is completely absent. Although he is supposed to be nothing more than an objective NFL analyst at this point in his career, Harrison is obviously bothered by what he sees from his old team.

“I hate it, I don’t like it at all,” Harrison told the Boston Herald on Tuesday. “That scheme doesn’t work for me. When you play a good offense, a team that spreads you out, there’s just too many openings in zone coverage. You have to mix in man-to-man coverage. You have to become more creative on defense. You have to disguise, bring more pressure.

“We played a lot of man-to-man coverage, especially when we won in ’03,” Harrison said. “They challenged us. I was in the box blitzing. We dared teams to throw. You weren’t going to run on us. We dared teams to throw. We had good enough cornerbacks, we felt like teams couldn’t have success. We disguised, we mixed in cover-2, we mixed in cover-4, and different cover-3s. Here, I just see a basic, plain defense. So if the offense isn’t scoring 25-30 points, you’re in trouble.”

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Rodney Harrison: Favre Loves the Media Attention

Everyone has an opinion about Brett Favre and Rodney Harrison has an opinion about everyone.  It makes for a perfect combo.  Of course, Harrison wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to let people know how he feels about Favre’s latest retirement charade.  In Rodney’s defense, he probably knows a thing or two about the difficulty that comes with making a decision on when to hang it up, so he can definitely give some perspective on the situation whether you respect his opinion or not.  Here’s what Rodney Harrison had to say about Brett Favre loving media attention on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday, courtesy of WEEI.com:

You get to a point at 40 years old that you know exactly what you want to do — if you want to play football or not,” Harrison said. “And that’s why I’ve been critical of this guy. Because it’s so unfair to your teammates, it’s unfair to your coaches, it’s unfair to the city, the organization that you keep leaving people hung out to dry like that.

“I’ve never understood Brett Favre. I just think he loves the media attention. At 40 years old, you know if you want to grind through an 18-week season. If I was a teammate of his, I’d probably be a little ticked off he’s not in training camp.”

Sounds like Harrison and Bus Cook share a common belief about the 40-year-old.  I don’t think you’ll find many who disagree with Rodney.  Favre can’t bring himself to stay out of the spotlight, and it has to be costing Minnesota as they try to prepare for the season.  I’m sure most of the Vikings wish he’d make a decision one way or another.  At least then they could focus on football and not have to deal with a media circus dedicated solely to one person.

Rodney blasts Favre [WEEI.com]