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After playing at Western Illinois, Harrison broke in as a special-teams player and then became a star safety. He was named the Chargers' defensive player of the year in 1996 and '97 and Pro Bowler in '98. In 2003 he joined the Patriots, and became a leader on a defense that helped New England win three Super Bowls. Harrison had a reputation for nasty hits, but was respected for his non-stop motor and outstanding instincts.

Photo: John W. McDonough, Al Tielemans/SI

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