Fans vote Rodney Harrison into Patriots Hall of Fame

Rodney Harrison of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Rodney Harrison of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

Rodney Harrison will become the latest member of the Patriots Hall of Fame later this year, edging out former teammates and fellow finalists Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel for the honor.

The Patriots announced Monday that Harrison, who spent six years with the team from 2003-2008, will be this year's inductee, as voted by the fans.

In a statement, the Patriots highlighted Harrison's knack for big plays on the big stage. Harrison won two Super Bowls in New England.

"He played a key role in helping the Patriots to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in his first two seasons with New England in 2003 and 2004. Harrison came up big on the biggest stage, with seven interceptions in nine postseason games with the Patriots, including two in Super Bowl XXXIX over the Philadelphia Eagles. His seven postseason interceptions are tied for the third-most in NFL postseason history, and his four picks in the 2004 playoffs are tied for the third-most in a single postseason."

Harrison is the latest member of the 2003-2004 Patriots to be enshrined in the team's Hall of Fame. He joins Troy Brown (2012), Tedy Bruschi (2013), Ty Law (2014), Willie McGinest (2015), Kevin Faulk (2016) and Matt Light (2018) as the eight players from those Super Bowl-winning teams in the Hall.

The two-time All-Pro will become the 29th member of the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Offensive lineman Leon Gray, who played with the Patriots from 1973-1978, will also be enshrined with Harrison after being elected by the 10-member senior selection committee.

The Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held later this year, with the date and time still to be determined.

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