What happened to Rodney Harrison on Sunday Night Football?

Joshua Rogers January 15, 2022
What happened to Rodney Harrison on Sunday Night Football?
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The Chargers and Patriots legend has carved a stellar broadcasting career post playing career. However, NBC has decided to shake things up at Football Night In America this year. So what happened to Rodney Harrison on Sunday Night Football and where is he now?

Rodney Harrison is a two-time Super Bowl winning safety who now works as a sports analyst. Harrison was drafted in the 1994 Draft by the San Diego Chargers, where he spent nine seasons.

He went to the New England Patriots, where he won Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX. Harrison was selected to two Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2019.

He’s now known for his work as a commentator on NBC’s Football Night In America.

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What happened to Rodney Harrison on Sunday Night Football?

Week 3 of the NFL regular season kicked off over the weekend.

Fans wondered what happened to Rodney Harrison on Sunday Night Football after he was absent from his normal duties.

This year, his role on Football Night In America has changed, moving from studio analyst to on-site at wherever the venue is of the weekly Sunday Night Football match-up.

The former safety is carrying out his new role with Jac Collinsworth, who he works with on Peacock’s Safety Blitz, a one-hour weekly NFL analysis programme.

Harrison’s new on-site role sees him talk to fans and others outside the stadium before moving inside to report live from the game. This includes pre-game interviews with players and coaches.

“It’s been a lot of fun being able to connect with the players and ask them about details I notice or am curious about as a former player,” Harrison told Boston.com

“I’m kind of in my own element, my natural element that’s been on the football field around the players, around the coaches, around the fans.”

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Harrison’s move is part of a wider shake-up

Football Night In America has looked a lot different this year as a whole. Former NFL quarterback Drew Brees is with Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy on the main desk.

Meanwhile, Maria Taylor is with Chris Simms on the side desk. Liam McHugh is no longer part of the line-up.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.