Tuesday January 28, 2014Percy ready to show off 'Harvin Effect' in Super Bowl
Updated: 3:54pm, January 28
Updated: 3:54pm, January 28
Former Gators All-American Percy Harvin and Seahawks teammate Richard Sherman in 'The Sessions.'
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – During his three seasons at Florida, Percy Harvin helped the Gators win two national championships and was never boring. You never knew what might happen when he touched the football.
Minnesota fans can relate. Harvin was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 2009 and spent his first four seasons with the Vikings. However, supporters of the Seattle Seahawks have yet to fully experience the Harvin Effect.
Harvin said Tuesday at Super Bowl Media Day that he will play Sunday and try to make an impact when the Seahawks and Broncos meet in Super Bowl XLVIII.
“Absolutely. I’m ready to go,’’ Harvin told reporters. “This is what I live for. I’m used to playing in big games since I was younger, whether it was in Pop Warner or the two with the Gators.”
Harvin was traded to Seattle for a three draft picks (first-, third- and seventh-round) and signed a six-year contract in the offseason worth $67 million.
So far in return, Seattle has received only two appearances from Harvin – one regular-season game and a playoff game.
Harvin (photo, right) underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip during training camp and was limited to one catch in the regular season. He did return a kickoff 58 yards in the November game between Seattle and his former team but was sidelined once again.
When he finally returned in the divisional playoff game against New Orleans, Harvin caught three passes but had to leave the game due to a concussion. He missed Seattle’s win over San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll plans to have Harvin on the field Sunday.
“He’s in,’’ Carroll told reporters. “He had another great day [of practice Monday] and a great week last week. He’s part of the game plan.”
Harvin is one of only three Gators to be named NFL Rookie of the Year, joining Emmitt Smith and Jevon Kearse. He finished his career at UF with nearly as many rushing yards (1,668) as yards receiving (1,804).
If Harvin is healthy, he could give Denver’s defense problems in the passing and running game.
“The challenge for me is just to go out there and do what I normally do,’’ Harvin said. “I’m just going to go out there and play the game I know how to play. I’m tremendously confident in what I’m going to do. I definitely think I can be a factor in this game.”
In Seattle’s win over New Orleans, Harvin played 19 snaps before being injured late in the second quarter. He finished with three catches for 21 yards and had a nine-yard run.
Harvin helped Florida defeat Ohio State in the 2006 BCS National Championships Game and Oklahoma for the 2008 title.
As the Seahawks left town to fly to New Jersey over the weekend, Harvin was reminded of the stage.
“On the whole way to the airport, which is about a 30-minute ride from our facility, every highway fans were going crazy,’’ Harvin said. “This experience is unbelievable. This is what I live for. This is what anybody that plays in the NFL lives for, to play in this one game.
“This is one game for it all.”
And maybe the game Seattle fans will experience the Harvin Effect.