Rodney Harrison was a FEARED defensive back playing the safety position. Cut from the same cloth as Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, Harrison not only protected the end zone, he made dang sure you knew he was there. Often he was seen absolutely destroying opponents on the gridiron, a human missile intent on separating the offensive player from the ball. Most of his action was prior to what I have coined the “concussion era” in football – 2010 to present.
Sure we knew about concussions before then, sure we as medical professionals – especially athletic trainers – took them very serious, but until then the spotlight was not on this injury as it is now. Harrison and other lethal defenders around his time – Steve Atwater – were not scrutinized nor were they penalized for those now deemed dangerous hits. It was part of the game, and in some cases those types of hits are still perfectly legal and punishing. Now Harrison who is approaching his 40th birthday is, well, his quote sums it up;
“I’m scared to death of what may happen to me,” the 39-year-old said.
On the Dan Patrick Show Harrison spoke freely about concussions and mostly his; Continue reading