Studio Analyst, Super Bowl XLVI
Rodney Harrison, the three-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion, will serve as a studio analyst for NBC Sports' coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. Harrison joined NBC Sports' Emmy-nominated studio show Football Night in America as an analyst in 2009, and has drawn significant critical acclaim for his blunt, hard-hitting style in just three seasons:
"A guy who tells it like it is." – USA Today
"Smart, honest, and forthright, unafraid to be critical." – San Diego Union-Tribune
"Has a knack for making tough but fair criticisms." Pro Football Weekly
Harrison's first experience working with NBC Sports came as a guest studio analyst for the network's Super Bowl XLIII coverage after he retired from professional football following a 15-year-career in which he made three Pro Bowl appearances. He is the only player in NFL history with at least 30 career sacks and 30 career interceptions.
While with the Patriots from 2003-08, Harrison was an anchor on the defense that helped the team win two Super Bowls. 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. Renowned as a clutch performer, the hard-hitting safety had seven interceptions in 13 career NFL Playoff games.
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.