Mark Wahlberg wasn’t the only notable early exit from Super Bowl LI.
Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison also scooted out of Houston’s NRG Stadium before New England’s epic comeback.
“I ended up leaving in the third quarter,” Harrison said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I was getting harassed by Falcons fans, so it got to a point where it was so bad, I just left. I felt like we were going to lose and we were actually going to get blown out.”
Despite his early departure, the two-time Super Bowl champ still caught the rest of the game on the television.
“I ended up going back to the hotel, sitting in the bar, watching it along with probably 300 other fans, all rooting against the Patriots,” he recalled. “The Patriots end up pulling it out, so I felt terrible for leaving, but at the same point, I was happy the Patriots won.”
NBC color commentator Cris Collinsworth, who was also at the game, spotted Harrison down the aisle from a bunch of “Falcons fans celebrating their Super Bowl championship in the middle of the third quarter.”
“He had enough of that,” Collinsworth said, via Reiss.
Harrison — who played six seasons in New England and currently works as an analysts for NBC Sports’ Football Night in America — used one of Bill Belichick’s biggest points of emphasis to explain why he thinks the Falcons have been struggling.
“His theme has always been about finishing,” the 44-year-old said. “The Falcons, that’s something they haven’t been able to do, whether it’s the Super Bowl or the last couple of weeks. That’s probably something [Dan Quinn will] be preaching to his team this week.”
The Patriots will hostAtlanta for a Super Bowl LI rematch Sunday night.