TAMPA, Fla. – January 26, 2009 – Rodney Harrison, who earned two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, will join NBC’s Super Bowl XLIII Pregame Show it was announced today. In a 15-year-career, Harrison has made three Pro Bowl appearances and is the only player in NFL history with both 30 career sacks and 30 career interceptions.
NBC’s Super Bowl XLIII Pregame Show kicks off at Noon ET and will be led by its “Football Night in America” studio team of Bob Costas (host), Cris Collinsworth (co-host), Keith Olbermann (co-host), Dan Patrick (co-host), Jerome Bettis (analyst), Tiki Barber (analyst) and Peter King (reporter). Tony Dungy, Mike Holmgren and Matt Millen were also recently announced as contributors.
In addition to his two Super Bowl rings, Harrison was part of perhaps the most famous play in Super Bowl history, attempting to defend David Tyree’s miracle reception in last year’s Super Bowl XLII. During NBC’s pregame coverage, Harrison will discuss his role in Super Bowl lore as part of a feature on the Tyree catch.
Prior to joining the Patriots, Harrison played nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers. In his rookie season, the Chargers made the Super Bowl but lost to the San Francisco 49ers. The hard-hitting safety has seven interceptions in 13 career NFL playoff games. Harrison’s 2008 season was cut short due to injury.
Off the field, Harrison’s Patriots’ teammates honored him with the 2006 Ed Block Courage award for the player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration. In 2005, he participated in an officiating internship at NFL Europe’s training camp in Tampa, Fla., to learn more about the responsibilities of an NFL referee in anticipation of a potential post-football career. Harrison is an avid Madden football player, often competing anonymously against fans online.