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Continued: Harvin's fire fuels his game and his grumbling

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER
  • Last update: March 24, 2013 - 8:55 AM

“There are a lot of layers to this situation,” Frazier explained. “And one day when I sit down and write this book, we’ll divulge all the layers.”

The bumpy development of young quarterback Christian Ponder might have aggravated Harvin’s impatience. And it certainly seemed calculated when the receiver’s first news conference as a Seahawk included praise for Brett Favre and eagerness to play with Wilson but no mention of Ponder.

Still, Frazier insists a strained quarterback-receiver relationship “didn’t play the role most would think” in the divorce.

So what made Harvin so unhappy?

“It’s complicated,” Frazier said.

With Percy Harvin, it’s so often complicated. Now headed for his fifth NFL season, he is indisputably one of the league’s most promising playmakers, a 24-year-old barrel of dynamite, who continues crackling toward an explosion into superstardom.

Yet there always seems to be unease as to whether Harvin’s detonation will turn out to be spectacular or destructive.

The mission in Seattle will be the same as it was in Minnesota and at the University of Florida and way back to the Harvin’s adolescence in Virginia Beach, Va.

The fire must burn. But it also must be controlled.

On the edge

An insatiable hunger for winning always has fueled Harvin’s drive. A disdain for losing often drives him mad.

“The kid hates to lose a finger nail,” said Thomas Anderson, Harvin’s former varsity track coach and a football assistant at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va. “So it doesn’t matter what the dynamics are or what platform he’s on. Losing to him means he’s unsuccessful. And in his brain, he can’t tolerate being unsuccessful.”

Like so many of Harvin’s coaches, Anderson’s relationship with Harvin began with friction.

Even from a young age, Harvin pushed for greatness but would bristle when others pushed too.

Once Anderson cracked the code, earning trust by showing genuine care for Harvin’s well-being, he buckled in for a thrill ride like none he’d ever seen. Anderson still can’t comprehend the explosion of Harvin’s junior year when, at 16 years old, he almost single-handedly won Landstown a state track championship with gold medals in five events: the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, triple jump and 400-meter relay.

That came only a few months after Harvin had taken Landstown to the state championship game in basketball.

Which came only a few months after the Eagles won a state football championship, triumphing when Harvin dominated as a receiver, running back, defensive back and return man. He delivered 476 all-purpose yards, scored four touchdowns and intercepted three passes.

“Percy was sometimes bored playing the teams we knew we would beat,” said Damon McDaniel, a friend and high school teammate. “But put him on that bigger stage and the brighter he’d shine. He wanted it known he was the best.”

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