Percy Harvin is a wide receiver and return specialist for the Seattle Seahawks. He played his first four seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and was the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2009.
Harvin was born in Chesapeake, VA on May 28, 1988 and lettered in football, basketball, and track at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, VA. In 2005, he became the first athlete in nearly 70 years to win five state titles at the Virginia Class AAA track meet, winning the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and three other events. On the football field, Harvin scored 77 career touchdowns and led his school to three consecutive state championship games. He participated in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and accepted an athletic scholarship to play football at the University of Florida.
University of Florida
Harvin started immediately upon his arrival in Gainesville, FL, appearing in 13 games as a running back, wide receiver, kick return specialist, and a wildcat quarterback. He rushed for 428 yards on 41 carries and found the end zone three times on the ground while also hauling in 34 passes for 427 yards and two touchdowns. He was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year and helped lead the Gators to an SEC conference championship. Following a stellar sophomore season in 2007, he earned All-SEC first team honors as an all-purpose player and second team honors as a receiver. He returned for his junior season and led the Gators to another national championship, this time rushing for 660 yards and scoring a total of 17 touchdowns as a dual-threat weapon.
In February 2009, Harvin failed a drug test at the NFL Combine after testing positive for marijuana. Many feared the incident would hurt his draft stock, but the Minnesota Vikings selected him with the 22nd overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. He signed a five-year contract at the beginning of training camp and appeared in 15 games for the Vikings as a rookie, seeing action at receiver, running back, and as a return specialist. After returning two kickoffs for touchdowns and hauling in 60 passes for 790 yards and six touchdowns, he was named the Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and named All-Pro first team as a return man.
After a strong second season with the Vikings, Harvin hauled in a career-best 87 passes for 967 yards while rushing for another 345 yards. He scored nine total touchdowns that season, but the Vikings endured a rough season as a team with a 3-13 campaign. Injuries limited him in 2012, as he played in only nine games but still managed to make 62 catches for 677 yards while helping Minnesota return to the playoffs.
Unable to strike a long-term extension with Harvin, the Vikings traded him to the Seattle Seahawks for a first and seventh round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft as well as a third round choice in the 2014 NFL Draft. He signed a new six-year contract to join the Seahawks immediately following the trade, but a labrum tear in his hip caused him to miss nearly the entire season. He made his debut against the Vikings in Week 13, making one catch for 17 yards. He missed the rest of the regular season, but ended up providing a huge kick return for a touchdown in Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII win over the Denver Broncos.
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