The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native was one of the best wide receivers in the state and has the highlights to prove it.
Percy Harvin’s High School Highlights
Seen wearing No. 11, Harvin was as elusive as can be on the field. Whether he was catching passes or taking direct snaps as a running back, he was impossible to tackle. Harvin was the fastest player on the field, and he did not just stick to football. He was also a track star who won five gold medals at his meets across Virginia.
The Landstown Eagles were a juggernaut while Harvin attended the school, and he was a big reason why. He brought them to the state title, and the bright lights did not slow him down. He racked up 476 all-purpose yards in a 47-20 rout that gave the Eagles the Group AAA Division 6 State Championship.
Head coach Chris Beatty knew he had a special football player on his team, and the offense he ran reflected that.
In his senior season, Harvin had 75 catches for 1,313 yards and 14 touchdowns. It was clear that he had a future ahead of him in college football, so he made the trek from Virginia Beach to Gainesville to play for Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators.
Percy Harvin at the University of Florida
Percy Harvin became an integral part of the Gators’ offense. He was able to take handoffs and catch passes with ease, bullying teams like Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Miami, and Michigan.
After three years, it was time to turn professional.
Percy Harvin in the NFL
The Minnesota Vikings selected Harvin in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He won the Rookie of the Year award that season and was generally effective through 2011, but injuries started to pile up.
He moved to the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and returned a kick for a touchdown to open the second half of Super Bowl XLVIII.
Following unimpressive stints with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, Harvin retired from the NFL after the 2016 season.
Percy Harvin may not have been destined for NFL greatness, but he still had an incredibly impressive career. He was one of the best players the Virginia High School League had ever seen and even set records for his triple jump.
Today, Harvin splits his time between Gainesville and Orlando and occasionally assists with Gators practices.
Despite the years later (and the mid-2000s camera quality), Harvin’s highlights are still a joy to watch.