FOXBORO -- There were a number of ex-Patriots taking in the action Saturday morning for the third training camp session, most notably Rodney Harrison and Randy Moss.
Harrison is in town for the weekend as he is being inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame Monday night, while no one really knew why Moss showed up.
The NFL Hall of Famer was asked why when he spoke with the media for a few minutes.
“I specifically came back just to show support for the New England Patriots — Mr. Kraft, Bill (Belichick), get to see a few guys, some familiar faces," he said. "Tom (Brady), Matthew Slater, (Julian) Edelman. Just being around the boys, man.”
Moss stuck around after practice and had Brady throw him 50-yard passes, and the two still have that connection that was on full display in the 2007 season.
The former wide out had a ton of praise for Harrison and noted how much better he made the 2007 team.
“Rodney was that player that you respected during the week and definitely on Sunday," he said. "I just remember when I first got here as a Patriot, Rodney was the strong safety and he had to come down to put himself in the box to support the run. And so, prior to that 10 years I was used to just putting my hand on guys just to show my coach, ‘OK coach, I got it. I can block him.’ Rodney Harrison was the first guy here that made me turn up in practice, and you’ve always heard me say this about being a Patriot, that we worked so hard during the week, it made it look easy on Sunday.
"Well, if there’s one guy that I can definitely show some love to, it would be Rodney Harrison. He made the defense and the offense pick up. We went undefeated that year. I think a lot of it had to do with Rodney and understanding what we had to do week in and week out. Yes, Coach Belichick was here to make sure we was there and Rodney Harrison, and I am not just saying this because he’s being honored, I’ve always had the upmost respect for Rodney Harrison and what he brought to the game.
"I followed him as a Charger and then being able to be his teammate as a Patriot, it was something that I told him. I said, ‘Dude, I will definitely cherish the time we have together.’ He was the one that made the whole offense. I mean, Tom would definitely tell you, Bill would definitely tell you, Josh McDaniels would definitely tell you — Rodney Harrison was that player if you did not come to practice every single day, he would embarrass you.”
Harrison's ceremony will take place Monday at 4:30 p.m. outside the Hall at Patriot Place. It is free and open to the public.