We’ll freely admit to having been skeptical of Rodney Harrison as a genuine media personality when word got out that he was retiring and joining the NFL on NBC staff. A dirty player who immediately gets into overaggressive bombast about the state of the sport that earned him eight figures? How do we say… no.
(Do you remember back in the day when you would hold your arms out and spin around and yell out “Tornado!” like you were a tornado? I’m not saying that’s what Harrison’s doing here, because he’s not a 5-year-old, but it might be a good tactic in run support. I guess you don’t need to yell out “Tornado” if you’re going to do it in the game, though, because that ruins the surprise and the offense can adjust. Anyway.*)
Oh, but do what ESPN won’t do and launch a fusillade of disgust at The Brett Favre Experience? You, sir, have our attention. What’s that, Mr. Harrison? The players think he’s selfish too? So, in a way, I’m more like Chris Samuels than Chris Berman? I… I don’t know what to say. I think I love you.
Wait! Ahem. Excuse me. I… didn’t mean that. I’m sorry, that wasn’t me talking, it was the booze. Anyway. From Dan Patrick’s radio show:
“If you’ve been in the league 13, 14, 15 years or so you know if you want to play. The circus shouldn’t have to go on for three to four years. It’s just a disappointment. Then the media they’re just so caught up and in love with Brett Favre … It’s ridiculous because a lot of guys are doing good, positive things in the National Football League and those keep things keep getting overlooked.”
It does certainly seem like Favre would or at the very least most certainly should have learned his lesson about the negative effets of waiting this long to decide whether to play another season or not the first, y’know, five times he’s pulled this act.
We at least hope it’s an act, anyway; the more disturbing possibility, the one that Harrison is saying that he and the majority of the NFL think, is that no, Favre doesn’t see anything wrong with this behavior. That in his mind, it’s perfectly okay to keep a team’s personnel situation hostage during the NFL draft, free agency, voluntary workouts, and training camp.
And even in that case, um, where in the blood red hell is his agent in all of this? Isn’t this precisiely where even a barely competent representative takes control of the situation, goes on the record with a consistent message, and gets this sort of thing straight out of the news cycle? Chris Mortensen and Ed Werder have been digging through Favre’s trash and reporting from any number of anonymous sources for weeks now. Who’s there to set the record straight? Who’s there to give this poor QB the space he so clearly needs and deserves since this decision has been proven to be so difficult in each of the last few years? Seriously, how does this even happen in today’s NFL and media environment?
Either way, it’s good to see a famous football name at least acknowledge the tedium of the situation and express some dissatisfaction about it. You wouldn’t think Harrison or anybody else deserves credit for merely stating the obvious, but as long as every day should be Opposite Day in Bristol, well…
*My caption for the picture was either that or “Rodney Harrison, doing some fisting.”