Rodney Harrison elected to Patriots Hall of Fame, says he's grateful for fan support

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As of yesterday, Rodney Harrison was officially announced as this year’s inductee to the Patriots Hall of Fame.

The two-time Super Bowl champion safety is now an NFL analyst and radio host for NBC Sports, and he recently took some time to reflect on his nomination.

“I’m very grateful for the fans,” Harrison said. “The fact that the fans voted me in, it means more to me than say the Pro Football Hall of Fame because the fans got the chance to see me play every week. They got a chance to see the story, and see the injuries, and the adversity and the comeback and the plays that were made, and the passion that was shown. They’re not going by reputation or rumors or anything like that, so it really meant a lot to me, the fact that the fans voted me in.”

He also went on to say that he was shocked to receive the nomination, as he was up against two other very strong candidates. Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour were both on the ballot as well and have been finalists in years’ past; but this was Harrison’s first time.

Harrison plans to use his nomination to set an example for younger kids who struggle with their confidence.

“I just want to be able to use my example to young kids and people that struggle with their confidence, to encourage them,” Harrison said. “You’ve just got to keep working, you’ve got to continue to believe in yourself, continue to fight and claw for everything that you get, and you never can become complacent. And that’s the example that I try to set for my kids and kids in the community, and that’s important to me, that’s what I stand for.”

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