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What happened to Rodney Harrison on Sunday Night Football?

Joshua Rogers January 15, 2022
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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

“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 with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.