Josh Norman goes back at Rodney Harrison with a David Tyree joke

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman speaks at a press conference before Super Bowl 50.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman speaks at a press conference before Super Bowl 50. –Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

The Patriots aren’t playing the Panthers in the Super Bowl this Sunday, but that isn’t stopping the off-the-field feud between former New England safety Rodney Harrison and Carolina cornerback Josh Norman.

Harrison, 43, made headlines Wednesday when he said on “The Dan Patrick Show’’ that if he was playing against Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50, he would “go right at his knees.’’

“The defense is different from when I came into the league back in ‘94. The mentality is different,’’ Harrison said. “You let a quarterback score, you let him dance, and you see it time and time again on film. If I was playing against Cam Newton, I would try to take him out.’’


Norman fired back on Thursday with a reference that doesn’t sit well with Patriots fans.

“You would have to ask [David] Tyree about that one,’’ the 28-year-old told reporters, talking about the famous helmet catch that helped propel the Giants to a Super Bowl victory over New England in 2008. “Remember [No.] 85, when he caught it over his head? Rodney’s been saying a lot of things this year, he really has. To comment on something like that, I don’t know.’’

This isn’t the first time the two have jabbed. Back in December, Norman called Harrison “horrible at his job,’’ which led to more back-and-forth between them.

When asked about the Broncos potentially injuring Newton in Super Bowl 50, Norman said it wouldn’t be good for football

“It’s something I don’t think the game would want,’’ Norman said. “I don’t think it’s something the Panthers would want, and I know it’s nothing that me, as his teammate, would want. I don’t want it to happen, period.’’

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