Percy Harvin decides to retire

AP

Over the past several weeks, veteran receiver Percy Harvin has been considering his football future. He finally has decided to put football in his past.

Per a league source, Harvin has informed the Bills and people close to him that Harvin has decided to retire.

Harvin struggled with the decision; not long ago, he definitely intended to play. After considering his options (the Bills and other teams wanted to sign him), Harvin has decided to move on. As the source explained it, Harvin looks forward to life after football.

Still only 27 years old, Harvin entered the league in 2009, as a first-round pick of the Vikings. He became the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year that season, which nearly culminated in a Super Bowl berth. Traded to the Seahawks in 2013, Harvin played sparingly due to a hip injury, but he arguably was the best player on the field in Super Bowl XLVIII.

He was traded by the Seahawks to the Jets during the 2014 season, and he signed last year with the Bills.

66 responses to “Percy Harvin decides to retire

  1. As a Vikings fan, it was so much fun to watch him at his best. When he got traded, it felt like another big-name leaving the Twin Cities, destined for greatness.

    But since they turned the draft picks they got in return into Xavier Rhodes and Jerick McKinnon, and Harvin became an uncompromising headcase, the trade sure looks likes a Viking success story today.

  2. Seahawk fan here. Yes, Percy was a headache (pun intended). However, that 2nd half kickoff return broke the Broncos and was the nail in the coffin.

    In hindsight, I’d still make that trade for that reason alone. Winning the Super Bowl in today’s NFL is hard.

  3. I watched this guy since high school. He had it all – except the 6 inches between his ears. The fatal flaw of so many talented athletes.

  4. I have a bad feeling we will be hearing more from Percy Harvin in the future and I don’t think it will be good news. He has been a documented loose cannon through his whole career.

  5. Not a fan of Harvin but I think it’s a shame he didn’t reach his full potential. Everything else aside he had the compacity to instantly change the momentum of a game from anywhere on the field.

    Hope the next chapter goes better.

  6. Million $ talent, $0.10 brain. Don’t understand why it’s so hard for some people to shut-up, work hard, do your job, and get paid millions of dollars?

  7. Did he retire or was it a case that nobody wanted to deal with this guy who was MUCH more trouble than he was worth.

    I’m like the other guy though…as soon as he’s broke he’ll decide to unretire and rip yet another team off.

  8. 32 career regular season TDs in 4 years with Minnesota.

    3 regular season TDs in 4 years outside of Minnesota.

  9. Dude needs to retire because he knows he has stolen many millions of dollars from 3 NFL teams without providing any return on their investment …

  10. Had to have been a brutal decision given his unparalleled level of dedication and overwhelming love for the game.
    Seriously though, other than the occasional flash he pretty much retired when he left MN anyway. One less $50M diva with a 50¢ head in a league that still has far too many. Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out Percy, you can’t milk injury pay in retirement.

  11. A guy who never really had a position because he was not a receiver and couldn’t play RB, but he was almost always the best player on the field in his prime. How he would change games when he was at Florida was a sight to see because they’d just run plays that looked like they drew them up in the dirt for him, and he’d take it to the house. Too bad the injuries got the best of him in the league.

  12. jwestlin says:
    Apr 14, 2016 5:34 PM
    As a Vikings fan, it was so much fun to watch him at his best. When he got traded, it felt like another big-name leaving the Twin Cities, destined for greatness.

    But since they turned the draft picks they got in return into Xavier Rhodes and Jerick McKinnon, and Harvin became an uncompromising headcase, the trade sure looks likes a Viking success story today.
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    The dude forced his way out of MN, I still can’t believe the Vikes got a 1st for him. It was obvious he was refusing to play. He was a giant headcase here too, he was just a lot better at keeping his bullshlt quiet before the big trade made him a conversation topic. Very happy he never got to make an impact after he left.

  13. Like the man said, million dollar talent, 10 cent brain. To be so gifted and waste it is a crime. The Vikings have had another similar talent in Randy Moss, think of how good Moss could have been giving 100% all the time, he could have set every WR record there is and put them far out of reach of anyone. Harvin could have been right up with the best, only as a utility offensive player, if only he didn’t pee on his own feet so often, and those of his team.

  14. The Patriots don’t need this locker room cancer. Before you know he’ll be hitting on Giselle and punching Brady.

  15. t.linn says:

    “he arguably was the best player on the field in Super Bowl XLVIII”? Are you kidding me?
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    No argument. He was the best player on the field that day. Amazing talent but he just flashed it. Waste.

  16. ohand16 says:
    Apr 14, 2016 5:51 PM
    I guess this is a no brainer when your only option (don’t believe what you read) is the Bills
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    So sad. At this point I’m really wondering what former Bills player stole your girlfriend. Get over it dude and seek help.

  17. Elmaxoh
    Not true. The Vikings DID know how to use him and they did. A alot receiver who did amaIng things with RAC. He was often injured and had migraines and missed a lot of games.
    I would agree that when he left MIN nobody knew how to use him.

  18. Best player on the field in the Super Bowl????

    Russell Wilson had a 123.08 passer rating that day, with 2 TDs and no INTs. Malcolm Smith had an interception and ran it back for 69 yards–almost as long as Harvin’s return of 87 yards.

    2 rushes, 1 catch and a punt return for a TD does not make you the best player on the field that day. It makes you a sad waste of a football player.

  19. Let’s see …. retire or play another season in Buffalo ….
    That’s a no-brainer. Percy, you chose wisely.

  20. I doubt this is the end, but I at least bet you a case of beer Spielman doesn’t sign him to a 1 day contract to retire as a Viking like he just did with Jared Allen.

  21. “he arguably was the best player on the field in Super Bowl XLVIII”? Are you kidding me?

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    It’s like these guys didn’t bother watching the Superbowl that year. Yes unfortunately he actually was one of the best players in the Super Bowl. The Broncos were completely unprepared for his jet sweeps and that second-half kickoff did indeed put the nail in the coffin and basically finish the game on the first play of the second half.

    Yes Russell was good yes Malcolm Smith was good the guy said arguably. I don’t like Percy Harvin but that’s not really arguable he was one of the best players/difference makers in that game.

    I laugh at Harvard too but don’t be ignorant

  22. I have a feeling it may be more of a case that nobody wanted him. His production and health are no longer enough to warrant putting up with his attitude.

  23. I wish Percy well, I really do. His best was with Brett. That was a sight to behold. Brett took him under his wing like a little brother, and it worked. I remember before they drafted him, Childress went down to Florida and spoke with members of his family and asked them if they were willing to be a major support system for him, because he knew how important that was for someone like Percy. He said he told them that was the only way he was going to be drafted. I also remember the first time his Vikings teammates witnessed one of his migraines and they couldn’t believe it. As a sufferer myself, I truly sympathize, but cannot let it take over my life. Such talent. I hope he can somehow be happy doing something he loves.

  24. I also love the people knocking him because he has a chronic migraine problem and now this hips issue. Good job ripping one of the players that’s the reason this game is special when they play with their special ability. You don’t know these people, so stop acting like girls because some nerdy reporter told you he was a “cancer.” Same nonsense from when T.O. was playing. Our lord and savior Tim Tebow thought he was a great teammate, so that should be good enough for you, lol. All I know is that when he suited up in his prime, he was an electric difference maker, and those kinds of players make it fun to watch this game.

  25. I’m not sure anyone will actually notice… He’s been semi-retired since he was drafted.
    Not exactly a loss for the NFL. One less headcase.

  26. joetoronto says:
    Apr 14, 2016 7:57 PM
    The thought of seeing that ugly town again broke his spirit, can’t blame him.

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    From a chokeland fan whose team plays in an actual toilet.

  27. You know, at least Percy played the game and accomplished something. He actually has/had legitimate medical problems. I’ve read all of the negative remarks and I guess that’s everyone’s “American” right to express themselves, but seriously, let’s give this guy a little bit of a break. Manziel goes around gets @%**faced, acts like a complete idiot, NEVER accomplished anything in the NFL and he gets breaks allover the place. So please, just think a little before you judge. Yes, Percy Harvin has had his problems and he is not perfect, but seriously, give him a little break here. What the hell did he ever do to you???

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