There was really nothing like a young Percy Harvin at Florida.
One of the most explosive players we’ve ever seen, Harvin was the embodiment of a cliché: “He’s a threat to score whenever he touches the ball.” For most guys, that’s an exaggeration. For Harvin, it was true.
Whether it was catching a screen pass, taking a handoff or returning a kick, Harvin was so too fast and too quick for anyone to touch. There’s a case to be made that when healthy — and that was not always the case with Harvin — he, not Tim Tebow, was the best player on those Urban Meyer teams of the mid-to-late 2000s.
Harvin was able to translate that versatility and explosiveness to the NFL in short bursts, but eventually injuries piled up to the point where it was difficult for Harvin to get on the field on a regular basis. Ultimately, he bounced around the league — starring when he played, but not seeing the field enough to make a real difference. His kick return in Super Bowl 48 was among the few exceptions.
And although he unofficially announced his retirement from football last fall, Harvin is apparently making that retirement official this spring, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:
A rep for Percy Harvin told me he’s not participating in free agency – plans to retire, for real this time. “He’s done (playing).”
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 14, 2017
Harvin last appeared in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills in two games early last season. He spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets, playing in all 16 games one time.