Safety Rodney Harrison has been working as an analyst for NFL Network over the last few days. On Saturday night's "Total Access" program, when the topic shifted to Super Bowl XLIII, Harrison compared the Steelers to the Patriots.
"It kind of reminds me of the New England teams of past, the last 4, 5 years being in New England," Harrison said on the live program, while speaking with host Derrin Horton and co-analyst Jim Mora. "Just team. A team concept. No superstars. No 'me' guys. No 'I, I, I.' Guys that are willing to sacrifice, and it doesn't matter who gets the credit. They go out there and play hard, they make plays, and they have fun doing it. That's what football is about -- winning football games, having fun, and not caring who gets the credit."
In the program's final segment, Harrison was asked his favorite Steeler of all-time, but declined to give specifics.
"I have a lot of respect for the Steelers, but I hate them," he said, smiling.
When new head coaches were discussed, Harrison was asked which new coach faces the most pressure in 2009. He picked a coach with whom he is familiar.
"That's probably an easy question -- I look at it as Josh McDaniels," Harrison responded. "A guy who is a young guy, experienced, but is replacing a Hall of Famer in Mike Shanahan. Mike Shanahan has been there 14 years in Denver, two Super Bowls. That's a tough place. They were one play, or maybe one game away from winning the AFC West, so definitely a lot of pressure on Josh McDaniels. I wish him the best, but it's going to be tough trying to replace a legend like that."
Harrison was asked which coach had the greatest impact on his career.
"Definitely I would have to say Bill Belichick," he said. "Coming into the New England Patriots, I thought I knew a lot about football. But really, it was like Football 101. He broke everything down, taught me things I never thought I could learn, and really had an impact on my career."
Like his style on the field, Harrison has held nothing back in his role as an analyst. He's been enjoyable to listen to and appears to have a bright future should he enter broadcasting when his playing days are over (Harrison is currently training and rehabbing to give himself a chance to play in 2009).
NFL.com, the league's official website, has posted some video of Harrison's appearance on "Total Access."