My appreciation and respect for our veterans and current Military personnel prevents me from referring to athletes as heroes, or athletic performances as heroic. So I won’t call Percy Harvin’s performance on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals heroic.
Rather, I’m characterizing Harvin as a warrior for the way he competed and produced at the Vikings most critical juncture of the season.
On a bum ankle he injured last week in the 1st quarter at New England, Harvin played the entire game and was arguably the most indispensible player. He hauled in 9 receptions for 126 yards and also ran back 5 kickoff returns for 88 yards. Six of Harvin’s 9 receptions resulted in 1st downs, including a 6-yard grab on 4th and 4 in the 4th quarter.
All of those numbers are impressive in their own right, but they become astonishing when you consider Harvin missed Wednesday and Thursday practices and was limited in practice on Friday. I watched him all week at Winter Park labor around and work his tail off to rehab the ankle, or at least heal the ankle to the point where he would have a chance to suit up for the game.
The NFL is full of ultra-competitive players, so I won’t argue that Harvin is unique in his competitiveness. But we all, including NFL players, have different pain tolerance levels. And it’s not even pain tolerance as much as it is the ability to perform, while feeling pain and while being inhibited by the injury. Harvin was able to brush all of that aside and be a true game-changer for the Vikings on Sunday.
“He’s a baller,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said of Harvin after the game. “If every day was Sunday…he’s a little bit like Brett (Favre) from that standpoint; he loves to play the game. It’s hard to keep him down and deny it.”
This ankle injury goes back to last week’s game in New England. Harvin sustained the injury in the 1st quarter, came off the field and then re-entered the game and played well. The injury bothered him all week leading up to Sunday’s game and he was even listed as questionable on the injury report. He was able to suit up and play and there were several times during the game where he had to exit to either compose himself or have the ankle examined.
But time after time, he kept coming back into the lineup and producing.
Harvin is a warrior for the Vikings and he’s also a big reason why the Vikings were able to edge the Cardinals on Sunday.
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