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Rodney Harrison retires; Joins NBC Sports NFL team with Tony Dungy

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rodney-harrison-retires-2.JPGNew England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison is retiring after 15 years in the NFL, and will join the NBC Sports "Football Night in America" crew as an analyst.

Harrison, a south suburban Chicago native reputed as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL, was selected for the Pro Bowl twice during his career. After suffering a season-ending injury that kept him out the last 10 weeks of the 2008 season, Harrison joined the NBC Sports team as an analyst for the Super Bowl.

During a teleconference today, Harrison said of his new gig, "Just like I played the game, I'm going to be honest, going to be forthright and I'm going to do it with passion."

The 1991 Marian Catholic High School grad said he plans to "step up" his charity work with youths in the south suburbs in his off time.

In a statement released today, Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Sports, said, "Rodney is someone we've had our eye on. He is a strong communicator and personality, and our initial thoughts about him were confirmed when he did a terrific job for us at the Super Bowl. We have no doubt that Rodney will be as hard-hitting with his opinions as he was with his body on the football field.

"To paraphrase one of his teammates, 'Rodney was as blunt with his opinions as he was with this hits.'"
Also joining the "Football Night in America team is Super Bowl champion coach Tony Dungy, who retired at the end of last season as coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

tony-dungy-joins-nbc.JPGEbersol said of Dungy:

"Over the past few years I've enjoyed getting to know Tony through numerous production meetings and his work on our Super Bowl coverage, and have been impressed by the way he handled himself not only as a coach and communicator but more so as a human being. What I learned is that in addition to his obvious Super Bowl credentials, Tony is a gifted storyteller. That was confirmed by his outstanding work on our Super Bowl studio show.

"It's a remarkable feat that Tony's teams made the playoffs for 10 straight seasons, given that he was playing a first-place schedule most years and under a salary cap."

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