Bill Belichick: Rodney Harrison 100% belongs in Hall of Fame discussion

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Earlier this week, the 26 modern day semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announce and included two former Patriots in Richard Seymour and Vince Wilfork.

It did not include Rodney Harrison, who was a semifinalist a year ago.

Speaking Friday morning, Bill Belichick had high praise for his two former players.

“For me, those are the two best defensive linemen that I’ve coached," he said. "… In my Hall of Fame, those two guys are there. Without a doubt.”

Belichick also seemed to disagree with Harrison not being a semifinalist.

“I think that Rodney Harrison 100% [belongs] in that conversation," he said. "And I have coached some of the other safeties that have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame, and not taking anything away from them, but certainly Rodney Harrison belongs in that conversation. He certainly belongs in the conversation with other players who are already there.”

With all that being said, Belichick brought up how there's no criteria to go off of, which means a case can be made for basically any player to be a Hall of Famer.

“Since there’s no criteria for the Hall of Fame, it’s really hard to even have a conversation about it because we’re not basing it on anything," he said. "Your opinion of a great player, my opinion of a great player, somebody else’s opinion of a great player — like, I don’t know what that. means. Is it how many year’s they played? Is it how many All-Pro’s they had? Is it how many championships they won? Is it individual stats? You can make it whatever you want to make it. With no criteria, you can make a case for anybody.”

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