NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his final weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Tuesday to discuss Super Bowl 50 and if Tom Brady should attend, as well as the Patriots offseason. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Over the last few days there has been much debate as to whether or not Brady should attend the Super Bowl, as the NFL is honoring all of the living MVPs of the big game. With Brady’s current situation with the Deflategate matter still ongoing, some feel he shouldn’t go to the game.
Harrison said Brady should go to the game as it is about more than just the NFL — it is about Brady’s family, friends and even Patriots nation.
“Well, I’ll just put it like this. I mean, to be honored as a Super Bowl MVP, it transcends I think a little deeper than just the NFL,” Harrison said. “It’s something that he worked so hard for and he deserves to be recognized for that. The guy was a sixth round draft choice and the type of work that guys played with him saw him put in on a daily basis — everything that he had to go through to get to the point that he is at. I think he’ll be doing himself a justice, his family, representing. It doesn’t have to be just about the NFL. Represent Patriot nation. Represent all the people who supported you, your family. You deserve that. They deserve to see you on that field because a lot of people spent a lot of money, a lot of time and effort rooting and praying for Tom Brady so he can have the level of success.
“I think it would be appropriate if he showed up regardless of what the NFL is doing because you’re not doing it for the NFL, you’re doing it for your family, friends and your fans. The people that really love you and care about you.”
As it relates to the Patriots’ offseason, Harrison believes the team needs to address the running back position, as well as wide receiver and even said they should look into adding a hard-hitting safety.
“I know Belichick doesn’t believe in balance, but I still believe they need a young bruiser, like a young version of a Steven Jackson,” Harrison said. “A guy that can come in there about 220 pounds that can bang through the hole and get them some really tough yards. I also think they need a wide receiver that can stretch the field. I think that would help greatly. I love [this] short, intermediate, quick passing game, but it’s not like having that home run hitter. Somebody that can stretch the life of that defense and scare those safeties. You see these guys with Denver, they weren’t afraid of the Patriots going deep. I mean Rob [Gronkowski] made some big plays down the field and he is just incredible, but I do believe — obviously they need to get healthier on the offensive line, but that wide receiver and that running back.
“I wouldn’t mind, you know, I love Patrick Chung and I thought he had a great year. I want somebody back there that is just a head-hunter. Somebody, when you saw Denver’s safeties hit, you cringed at home. Like, ‘Oh my God I hope [Danny] Amendola, I hope [Julian] Edelman get up from those hits.’ Those are the types of hits that wide receivers see on tape and they are fearful about coming across the middle and I feel like they need someone like that.”
The former NFL safety was also asked about media day and it was clear Harrison isn’t a fan. He didn’t watch the event Monday night.
“Are you kidding me? I’m not wasting my time watching guys say all this crazy stuff,” Harrison said. “The funny part about that is just the stupid questions that some of these media people ask. One of the questions I was asked was, do you have sex before the Super Bowl? You have to sometimes look at these guys and say, ‘Are you serious? How could you ask me a question like that? That is none of your damn business.’ It’s crazy man. It’s fun to see the guys open up and see a different side of them, but at the same time you get tired of hearing the cliches.”