NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison said that he would try to hurt Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton if he faced him.
“If I see Cam Newton running the ball and he’s a quarterback and I’m on defense, I’m trying to hurt him,” the co-host of NBC’s Football Night in America told Newsday on Radio Row at Super Bowl 50 Tuesday.
“I’m trying to knock him out of the game.”
Throughout the season, the former Pro Bowler has snubbed the Panthers, often picking against the team on TV, saying that the team had too few weapons for a Super Bowl run and proclaiming that Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones was a better player than Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.
Harrison, a former safety, also made similar comments on “The Dan Patrick Show,” saying that he would go after Newton’s knees to hurt him. Show staffers Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloff tweeted out quotes from the interview.
Harrison started for the New England Patriots against the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII.