Patriots happy Harrison has persevered

If Rodney Harrison can return to form, the Patriots can be a lot more creative with their defensive schemes, writes William Bendetson.

Originally Published: August 14, 2007
By William Bendetson | ESPN.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the 2003 AFC Championship Game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave safety Rodney Harrison a hug and said, "I am so glad we got you."

He repeated the phrase one more time for good measure. Harrison earned his coach's praise by intercepting a pass in the end zone on the Colts' first possession and later forcing a fumble.

Three years later, Harrison was absent for the conference title rematch ...

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