Morning sports update: Kyle Van Noy responded to Pro Football Talk’s criticism of his Rodney Harrison comments

Van Noy later added clarification regarding what he meant dismissing comparisons to Harrison.

Kyle Van Noy earlier in 2019. AP Photo/Paul Sancya

The Rays traveled to Oakland and defeated the Athletics 5-1 on Wednesday night to win the American League wild card game.

And the NHL season got going, including an overtime loss by the defending champion St. Louis Blues. The puck drops on the Bruins’ season tonight in Dallas against the Stars at 8:30 p.m.

Kyle Van Noy fired back at Pro Football Talk on Twitter: During a Wednesday interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak & Bertrand,” Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy gave what appeared to be a strange response when compared to former New England safety Rodney Harrison.

“I don’t want to be compared to that guy,” Van Noy responded. When asked if he had a problem with Harrison, Van Noy said, “I have nothing against him, I just don’t want to be compared, definitely not to him.”


Later, Van Noy was asked about it by Patriots reporter Henry McKenna

Yet the clarification apparently didn’t reach Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, who tweeted, “Hey Kyle you should get on your knees every night and pray that you will become half the man Rodney Harrison is.”

Van Noy responded:

And Van Noy added a further tweet to clarify what he meant regarding Harrison:

Van Noy has been a prominent member of the league-leading Patriots defense so far in 2019. In three games — he missed the season-opener due to the birth of his son — Van Noy has two forced fumbles and 2.5 sacks.

Trivia: In Stephen Gostkowski’s first NFL game — a 19-17 win over the Bills in 2006 — he made two field goals, including a 32-yard fourth-quarter kick that tied the score at 17-17. The Patriots won the game because of a safety recorded on the ensuing Bills possession. Who was the Buffalo quarterback in that game?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He played college football for Tulane University.

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