Jim Souhan: In four touches, Harvin shows he has the touch for Seahawks

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 3, 2014 - 12:36 PM

The former Vikings star played in only his third game with his new team, but he had a major impact.

hide

Seattle’s Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown, part of 137 yards in four touches.

Photo: Ben Solomon • The New York Times,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

– Sidney Rice strutted past, wearing a championship hat. Darrell Bevell grabbed the Lombardi Trophy and mugged — Darrell Bevell mugging! That happened! — near the coaches’ dressing room.

Tarvaris Jackson sat shirtless, smiling at the party surrounding him. Pete Carroll walked out of the Seahawks locker room and had a fan grab him and walk away, yelling, “I’ll never wash this hand — Pete Carroll shook it!’’

To complete the parade of former-Vikings-turned-champs, Percy Harvin headed to his locker, where someone asked whether he was disappointed he didn’t win the Super Bowl MVP award.

He smiled from earring to earring. “Man, we’re the champs!’’ he said. “I could care less about the MVP.’’

Maybe when Harvin threw that weight at Brad Childress, Chilly should have caught it, set it on the ground, and apologized for getting in the way. Maybe Leslie Frazier should have turned multiple cheeks.

Sunday, Harvin touched the ball four times in three different ways and torched the Denver Broncos in Seattle’s 43-8 victory at MetLife Stadium.

So the Seahawks stole him from the Vikings?

It’s not that simple. Harvin didn’t leave the Vikings much choice but to trade him, and may not have been available to them often enough this season to alter their fortunes.

So there’s only one clear winner here: Harvin.

He forced the Vikings to trade him to a team so well-constructed it could make the Super Bowl without its most talented offensive player, making Harvin the best Super-secret weapon since Sean Payton’s onside kick.

He moved to a state that legalized marijuana, convenient for a guy who reportedly tested positive for the drug during the NFL combine. He got healthy in time to become a big part of his team’s Super Bowl game plan. He delivered a stunning, a-la-carte display of skills that helped propel his new team to its first championship.

Most remarkably, facing the highest-scoring team in NFL history, he looked like the best offensive player on the field.

The drama king missed 15 of the Seahawks’ regular-season games because of injuries, and failed to finish a playoff game. He performed best in the games that mattered most to him: against the Vikings, and in the television show that follows the Puppy Bowl.

The Broncos spent two weeks preparing for Harvin, but preparation is useless against perception-altering speed. Ask Usain Bolt’s opponents, and Denver defenders.

Harvin first touched the ball on the third play of the game. He lined up wide right and sprinted left, taking a handoff for 30 yards, moving like a laser that takes sudden turns. “I have momentum,’’ he said. “Unless the defensive end is a freak, he can’t get his hand off the ground before I get to the edge.’’

During the Seahawks’ second drive, he caught a pass for 5 yards. On the third drive, he took another sprint sweep handoff for 11. To begin the second half, Harvin charged up to catch a short kick, burst through the middle and weaved 87 yards for the touchdown that made it 29-0. He had touched the ball four times, producing 137 yards and a touchdown.

Despite his performance, the Vikings can justify the trade. They rid themselves of a problematic player who had defied two head coaches and demanded a gargantuan raise. They received the first-round pick that enabled them to draft the similarly talented Cordarrelle Patterson, plus third and seventh-round picks.

The Seahawks? No longer do they have to justify the trade.

Asked whether he wanted a trade because he thought he had a better chance to win a title in Seattle than in Minnesota, Harvin, who dealt with hip and head injuries all season, said: “I’m just glad I’m here. These teammates are great. I leaned on them so much. The coaching staff, the support staff, they’re all first class. Everybody from the coaches to the cooks to the people upstairs kept my spirits up when I wasn’t playing. It was people coming to me through different parts of the day. It was really amazing.’’

What makes Harvin unique makes him vulnerable. Few players have ever packed so much speed and ferocity into 184 pounds.

Few NFL teams could afford to invest so much in such a player only to use him more like Mariano Rivera than Greg Maddux. The Seahawks did, and now they have Harvin in his prime and happy, playing with a young quarterback while surrounded by fast, ferocious players who should remind him of himself.

“We talk about it all the time,’’ Harvin said. “This is just the start. We have a young team. We’re still hungry. We don’t like to lose at all, whether it’s in practice, or in the locker room, or at home, or playing videos.’’

Harvin won it all when he barely played, prompting him to muse about the future. With confetti still stuck to his uniform, he said, “I don’t see us stopping, at all.’’

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. jsouhan@startribune.com

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Tennessee 12/18/14 7:25 PM
Jacksonville
Philadelphia 12/20/14 3:30 PM
Washington
San Diego 12/20/14 7:25 PM
San Francisco
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Oakland
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Arizona
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Cincinnati
Atlanta 65 3rd Qtr
Cleveland 60
Phoenix 54 3rd Qtr
Charlotte 61
Dallas 32 2nd Qtr 10:49
Detroit 32
Utah 33 2nd Qtr
Miami 16
Orlando 31 2nd Qtr 10:50
Boston 29
Brooklyn 7:00 PM
Toronto
Memphis 7:30 PM
San Antonio
Milwaukee 9:00 PM
Portland
Houston 9:30 PM
Denver
Indiana 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Ottawa 1 2nd Prd 18:31
New Jersey 0
Boston 7:00 PM
Minnesota
Dallas 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Langston 65 FINAL
North Texas 78
Delaware State 72 FINAL
St Francis-NY 64
James Madison 30 2nd Half
Ball State 23
SIU Edwardsville 30 2nd Half
Campbell 37
St Francis-PA 40 2nd Half 17:08
Duquesne 27
North Florida 29 2nd Half
Florida State 43
Catawba 39 2nd Half 19:09
George Mason 47
Ferrum 22 2nd Half
High Point 47
Hampton 29 2nd Half 18:05
Illinois 44
Gardner-Webb 43 2nd Half 19:17
Jacksonville 34
Longwood 21 2nd Half
Miami-Ohio 31
Arkansas State 43 2nd Half 16:01
Miss State 34
Tennessee 34 2nd Half 17:10
NC State 42
NC A&T 32 2nd Half 16:02
Ohio State 58
Manhattan 25 2nd Half 16:47
Pittsburgh 32
Robert Morris 28 2nd Half
Toledo 40
Char Southern 30 2nd Half 15:35
Wofford 31
Kennesaw St 46 1st Half 0:33
Youngstown St 39
Barber-Scotia 20 2nd Half
NC Central 62
Detroit 26 1st Half 2:40
UCF 29
Liberty 17 1st Half 5:23
UNC-Wilmington 21
TX A&M-CC 2 1st Half 17:41
Denver 5
Ark-Pine Bluff 2 1st Half 19:16
Houston 0
UT Martin 3 1st Half 18:30
Illinois State 0
Milligan 7:00 PM
Louisiana
Abilene Christian 7:00 PM
Loyola-Chicago
USC Upstate 3 1st Half 17:35
Memphis 5
Alcorn State 7:00 PM
Murray State
Central Mich 7:00 PM
Northwestern
Georgia State 2 1st Half 17:32
Old Dominion 2
TX-Pan American 0 1st Half 19:46
Saint Louis 0
Ill-Chicago 0 1st Half 19:41
SMU 1
Texas State 2 1st Half 17:18
Stephen F Austin 7
SC State 7:00 PM
Texas Tech
Missouri State 4 1st Half 15:23
Tulsa 7
Chicago State 7:00 PM
Western Ky
Morehead State 7:00 PM
Green Bay
Northern Colorado 0 1st Half 20:00
Nebraska Omaha 0
Winthrop 8:00 PM
Auburn
New Mexico St 8:00 PM
Baylor
San Diego St 8:00 PM
Cincinnati
Eastern Mich 8:00 PM
Michigan State
Loyola Marymount 8:00 PM
Stanford
Incarnate Word 8:00 PM
Grand Canyon
Northeastern 9:00 PM
Cal Poly
Central Arkansas 9:00 PM
New Mexico
Howard 9:00 PM
Pepperdine
Portland 9:30 PM
UNLV
CS-Northridge 10:00 PM
Oregon
Grambling St 10:00 PM
Washington
Nevada 12/20/14 10:00 AM
Louisiana
Utah State 12/20/14 1:20 PM
Texas-El Paso
(23) Utah 12/20/14 2:30 PM
Colorado State
Western Mich 12/20/14 4:45 PM
Air Force
South Alabama 12/20/14 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Memphis
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Rice
Western Carolina 79 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 66
(21) Miss State 66 FINAL
Louisiana 51
(25) DePaul 109 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 84
Liberty 64 FINAL
NC State 67
Elon 77 FINAL
Campbell 51
Akron 73 FINAL
UCF 64
Richmond 77 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 67
Montana 70 FINAL
Seattle 64
(7) Stanford 46 FINAL
Chattanooga 54
Florida A&M 56 2nd Half 2:19
Southern U 67
Oklahoma 50 2nd Half 12:20
(13) Duke 63
Savannah State 37 2nd Half 8:28
Auburn 50
Northern Colorado 12 2nd Half
South Florida 51
Youngstown St 32 2nd Half 17:00
Robert Morris 39
Siena 48 2nd Half 11:16
Sacred Heart 56
Vermont 29 2nd Half 20:00
St Francis-NY 34
(1) South Carolina 47 2nd Half 12:59
Hampton 28
Fla Gulf Coast 53 2nd Half 15:37
Bethune-Cookman 25
Texas Southern 53 2nd Half 16:56
Houston Baptist 42
Northwestern 47 2nd Half 17:12
UNLV 42
NC A&T 40 2nd Half 19:31
Appalachian St 36
NC Central 32 2nd Half 16:00
Coastal Carolina 41
Drexel 26 2nd Half 20:00
Quinnipiac 38
Cincinnati 26 2nd Half 20:00
Northern Ky 32
Alabama State 25 2nd Half
Georgia Tech 45
Morehead St 38 2nd Half
USC Upstate 40
Arkansas State 30 2nd Half
Kent State 21
American Univ 37 2nd Half 13:54
Manhattan 30
UNC Greensboro 34 2nd Half 20:00
St Bonaventure 38
Arkansas-Monticello 25 1st Half 0:21
Northwestern St 21
Prairie View 15 1st Half 7:05
Sam Houston St 14
Eastern Kentucky 7:00 PM
Alabama A&M
SIU-Edwardsville 7:00 PM
Northern Ill
McMurry 7:00 PM
TX-Arlington
McNeese State 0 1st Half 20:00
(3) Texas 0
Yale 0 1st Half 20:00
Wagner 0
Oakland 0 1st Half 20:00
TX A&M-CC 0
Portland 8:00 PM
Eastern Washington
North Texas 9:00 PM
San Francisco
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who is your favorite pro sports coach in the Twin Cities?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close