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Tom Brady versus Bill Belichick

Even in the churning vortex of the NFL, Rodney Harrison was always a fearless operator. He played safety with unusual ferocity for 15 seasons, the last six with the New England Patriots (2003-08). There wasn't a tight end sprinting across the middle or a running back blowing through the line he wouldn't try to tackle. But tackling this gnawing question, well, this one has him seriously flummoxed. "Oh," he said recently, pausing. "That's -- that's tough." Harrison, in his sixth season with NBC's "Football Night in America," is part of the broadcast crew for Super Bowl XLIX. In the coming days, you'll probably see the two-time Super Bowl champion discussing the unprecedented success of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, his former head coach and quarterback, but there is one thing you won't hear. He refuses to place one above the other. "Obviously, Bill Belichick jump-started Tom Brady's career," Harrison said. "Yeah, we'll put Drew...

Rodgers Wins MVP, Watt Unanimous Top AP Defensive Player

Rodgers wins MVP; Watt unanimous top defensive player; Cards sweep AP coaching awards

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Seahawks Repeat a Scary Prospect for NFL

Do It Again: If Seahawks repeat, it's scary prospect for NFL down the road

Anderson Silva Beats Nick Diaz in Comeback Fight at UFC 183

Anderson Silva dominates Nick Diaz for comeback win at UFC 183 after broken leg 13 months ago

LeBron Makes Love a Winner in Return to Minnesota, 106-90

LeBron takes over, Cavs win 106-90 in Love's return to Minnesota, as the boos rain down

Horford, Hawks Extend Streak With 91-85 Win Over 76ers

Horford's 23 points help Hawks withstand late scare, beat 76ers 91-85 for 19th straight win

Sons Represent Late Junior Seau at Hall of Fame Announcement

Sons represent late Seau at Hall of Fame announcement; Bettis, Haley, Brown, Shields in, too

Late Rally Lifts No. 4 Duke Past No. 2 Virginia, 69-63

No. 4 Duke closes with 16-5 run and end No. 2 Virginia's 21-game home winning streak, 69-63

Laird Takes a 3-Shot Lead in Phoenix Open

Martin Laird builds 3-shot lead in Phoenix Open and chased by the next generation

Column: Brady the Greatest Ever in SB? Not So Fast

Column: Hard to rank Tom Brady as greatest Super Bowl QB ever, even with win

Super Bowl the Final Act of the NFL's Worst Season

The Worst Season: Bad news, bad characters, bad PR combine for a toxic season in the NFL

Meet the Players You'll Likely Never See Play at the Super Bowl

Only 11 football players will be on the field from each team this 2015 Super Bowl Sunday, so there may be dozens of players who will never get to play in the most watched

Love in the Time of Deflategate

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 16 Gambling Issue. Subscribe today! ON THE NIGHT of Dec. 1, 2012, a man named Jack Easterby -- a lanky and balding former college basketball player and golfer with a thick Southern accent and a demeanor so relentlessly positive that it approaches goofy -- stood before the Kansas City Chiefs and tried to make sense of death. Not just death: a murder-suicide. That morning, shortly after killing his girlfriend with 10 shots, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher arrived at the team parking lot with a handgun. He was distraught, crazed, panicked. A few team officials surrounded him, pleading with him to surrender his weapon and to not do any more damage. From down the road a police siren grew louder. Belcher decided it was over. "You know that I've been having some major problems at home and with my girlfriend," he said. "I have hurt my girl already, and I can't go back now." Belcher knelt...