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Rodney Harrison rips 'lazy' Hall of Fame for snubbing Patriots greats

Rodney Harrison rips 'lazy' Hall of Fame for snubbing Patriots greats

Ty Law will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 3. But he won't have any former New England Patriots teammates to celebrate with.

Indeed, the legendary cornerback will become the first player from the early 2000s Patriots dynasty that won three Super Bowls in four years to reach the Hall of Fame.

Rodney Harrison, Law's teammate in 2003 and 2004, has a bone to pick with the Hall of Fame over that lack of representation.

"People don’t think we have ballers," Harrison told the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian on Wednesday. "I’m like, Ty Law was the greatest defensive back I’ve ever played with. He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. Richard Seymour, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown, Kevin Faulk, these dudes were, bad, bad dudes."

Those Patriots greats, Harrison believes, are victims of the narrative that New England's success stems mostly from Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

"They weren’t just system guys," Harrison said. "It’s unfair when people say, ‘As long as you had Tom and Bill,’ well, ‘Dude, Tom and Bill can’t get it done by themselves.’ It takes a lot of really smart, great players. It’s just unfortunate. It’s almost a form of discrimination. People don’t want to elevate us, or recognize, or acknowledge how great we are, because they’re such haters. Everywhere I go, people hate on the Patriots. So we don’t get credit.

"All I hear is Tom and Bill. But that’s such a lazy analysis. They don’t see what the team really is, and that’s really frustrating because a lot of guys get cheated and don’t really get the recognition they deserve."

Law himself needed three years to make the Hall of Fame despite a reputation as one of the best cornerbacks of his generation, while Harrison, Seymour and linebacker Tedy Bruschi were among the 2018 Hall of Fame finalists who didn't make the cut.

The early 2000s Patriots are somewhat of an anamoly; the 1990s Dallas Cowboys -- who also won three Super Bowls in a four-year span -- are loaded with Hall of Famers like Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.

It's possible Law could have company if Harrison, Seymour or Bruschi get in. But until then, Harrison will stand by his belief that New England's talent often gets overlooked.

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Say it ain't so: Rob Gronkowski, in Lakers gear, dances in halftime show in L.A.

Say it ain't so: Rob Gronkowski, in Lakers gear, dances in halftime show in L.A.

Could Rob Gronkowski rub it in a little more?

In the morning, Gronk's "big announcement" was that he'll be going to the Super Bowl - not with the Patriots, but as the host of "Gronk Beach" in Miami, the site of SB54. Thus ends the comeback, at least for this season.

He later joked that Pats were just "missing some 6-6, 260 [pound] guy...They're missing that guy for sure."

To top it all off, at night, Gronk donned Lakers purple and gold and was part of a halftime dance show with the Laker Girls at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where New England's least favorite NBA team was taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Gronk showed off his moves with talk show host James Corden and tennis great Venus Williams.

Enjoy your retirement, big guy. Think he'll stick around and rock some Celtics green Wednesday night at Staples when the C's face the Clippers? 

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Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

So, Tom Brady (and other Patriots) "liked" an apology post from former-teammate-for-11-days Antonio Brown on Instagram?

What's it mean?

That was the subject of a heated debate on Boston Sports Tonight among DJ Bean, Tom Curran, Michael Holley and Danielle Trotta.

It was Curran and Holley who were at odds over whether we should be reading anything into the social media vagaries on any athlete.

Holley: "For whatever reason, lots of players get into it. Lots of celebrities get into it...not because we [the media] are broken, but because that's how they communicate. And we would be reckless if we didn't follow it."

Curran: "It's reckless to vest any perception or presumption into it."

Watch the full discussion here:

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