“This is a team that can come in and do serious damage even if they don’t win the division. This is a team that nobody’s going to want to play.” – Harrison on the Los Angeles Chargers
“If the Rams don’t fix the issues on the defense, there’s no way they’re going to be able to get to the Super Bowl.” – Harrison
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 8, 2018 – Mike Tirico interviews Football Night in America analyst and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison on the latest episode of The Mike Tirico Podcast, available now across all podcast platforms.
In this week’s episode, Harrison talks about his relationship with Patriots QB Tom Brady, including his favorite Brady story, gives advice for young safeties in the NFL, and shares his thoughts on the Super Bowl prospects of the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.
This marks the fifth episode of The Mike Tirico Podcast, following the most recent episode that featured an interview with Sunday Night Football play-by-play voice Al Michaels. Click here for excerpts from Tirico’s interview with Michaels and to listen to all of the prior episodes of podcast.
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4:30 – Harrison gives advice to young NFL safeties
6:45 – Thoughts on targeting rules and safety in the NFL
10:20 – Impact of friendship with Tom Brady, draws comparisons to Michael Jordan
12:50 – Favorite Tom Brady story, how Brady didn’t start on his 0-8 freshman football team
18:45 – Why the L.A. Rams and Kansas City Chiefs are beatable
20:55 – Comparing Philip Rivers to Tom Brady, discusses East Coast bias against Rivers
Following are quotes from this week’s episode:
Harrison on his friendship with Brady: “He was just a normal guy, a guy I can talk to and text. He FaceTimed me two weeks ago on his bye week, and his son was sitting there doing his homework – I thought that was pretty cool. I showed my son the FaceTime, and he said ‘Hi, Tom.’ We forget, and I forget, that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback. He’s like the Michael Jordan of football.”
Harrison on his favorite Brady story: “He said, ‘Hey, I remember when I was a freshman in high school, I was on my 0-8 team, we didn’t win a game…I was at a point where I couldn’t even get on the football field on an 0-8 team, and people don’t realize how much that truly motivated me to want to want to work hard.”
Harrison on the Chiefs: “When I look at the Kansas City Chiefs, there’s this young quarterback and he’s playing great, but what happens if it’s snowing and it’s raining and it’s cold…everyone’s a superstar when its 70 and sunny, but when the temperature changes, if there’s an injury, what happens?”
Harrison on the Rams: “They’re a very beatable team…if the Rams don’t fix the issues on the defense, then there’s no way they’re going to be able to get to the Super Bowl.”
Harrison on the Chargers: “When you play on the west coast you don’t get the kind of attention that the east coast quarterbacks, or the midwest quarterbacks get…I played out in San Diego for nine years and no matter what you do, people don’t really pay attention to you… I think this is a team that can come in and do serious damage. Even if they don’t win the division, give them a Wild Card. This is a team that nobody’s going to want to play.”
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