New England Patriots

NBC studio analyst Rodney Harrison looks on during the Super Bowl XLVI Broadcasters Press Conference at the Super Bowl XLVI Media Canter in the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis on January 31, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Even with a few torrential downpours, Monday is a hell of a day to be at Patriot Place.

Two of the biggest non-game events of the season are happening on the same day at Gillette Stadium, starting with the induction of former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and offensive lineman Leon Gray into the team’s Hall of Fame.

Rain delayed the Hall of Fame ceremony past its expected 4:30 start, though, as disgustingly heavy downpours ripped right through the front plaza where it’s taking place. The ceremony started around 5 p.m.

Harrison and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick are each expected to address the media between the ceremony and the team’s practice inside Gillette Stadium, which is a ticketed event for season ticket holders and Foxborough residents. So while that is not a free, public event, there may be some exciting things to report from it.

The practice itself is likely to be a non-padded, glorified walkthrough. But in the 2018 edition of the in-stadium practice they capped it with rookie offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn catching a punt. Which was riveting stuff.

We’ll be there to let you know if there’s anything of note to pull from practice. Overall, it’ll be of the most unique nights of the year for Patriots fans who make the trip.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at