Rodney Harrison knows formidable opponents when he sees them.

The former New England Patriots safety reacted to Tuesday’s announcement that he’s a finalist for induction into the team’s Hall of Fame with a healthy dose of grace and gratitude.

Fan voting will induct either Harrison, Richard Seymour or Mike Vrabel into the Patriots Hall of Fame this year, and Harrison used Twitter to say thanks for the “honor” and to talk up his rivals instead of lobbying on his own behalf.

Harrison played alongside Seymour and Vrabel between 2003 and 2008, winning Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX together. Now they hope to join recent Hall of Fame inductees like Matt Light, Raymond Clayborn, Kevin Faulk, Willie McGinest, Ty Law and Tedy Bruschi in New England sporting immortality.

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