SAN JOSE, Calif. — Outspoken former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison suggested the Broncos can do themselves a huge favor in Super Bowl 50 by hitting Panthers quarterback Cam Newton so hard he can no longer play. To which Panthers outspoken current cornerback Josh Norman says that’s not such a hot idea.
“It’s something I don’t think this game would want,” Norman said during the Panthers’ media availability on Wednesday at the San Jose Convention Center. “I don’t think it’s something the Panthers would want, and I know it’s nothing that me, as his teammate, would want. I don’t want it to happen, period.”
Harrison told Newsday on Tuesday that the Broncos should be as aggressive as possible against Newton, and not necessarily within the confines of the rules.
“If I see Cam Newton running the ball and he’s a quarterback and I’m on defense, I’m trying to hurt him,” said Harrison, who played for the Chargers and Patriots during a career that lasted from 1994-2008. He won two Super Bowls with New England, and is now an analyst for NBC Sports. “I’m trying to knock him out of the game.”
Harrison added, “I guarantee you that as many compliments that Denver’s defense is giving Cam Newton, those guys are in the background saying: ‘If we can knock him out of the game, that’s the difference between us winning and losing the Super Bowl.’ ”
Norman tweaked Harrison by reminding him of the famous catch that Giants receiver David Tyree made over him on the game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants beat the Patriots, 17-14.
“You would have to ask Tyree about that one,” Norman said initially when told of Harrison’s remarks about knocking Newton out of the game. “Remember [No.] 85, when he caught it over his head? Rodney’s been saying a lot of things this year, he really has. To comment on something like that . . . I don’t know.”