7 Days of Draftsmas: More on Percy Harvin


Percy Harvin is the man of the hour in Vikingland.  Sunday, the newest cog in the KAO was introduced to the Twin Cities media, who immediately began throwing questions at him about his character, and all the recent scrutiny of same.  Harvin assured everyone that he didn’t sweat all the negative press, and said this about the issues he had with authority in his younger days:

I think a lot of it was me not knowing how to handle things. A lot of times I was wrong. Some of the times I was right. But the times I was right I didn’t know how to sit down and kind of express myself. I kind of would blow up and the next thing you know it turns into disrespect and all that when I was just trying to get my point across. Just growing up I’ve learned how to sit down and talk things out and a lot of my problems were little things that started off as something minor but it was me blowing up, just being so defensive. A lot of it was wrong, some of it was right. But I’ve grown from all that and I look forward to moving on.

Video of the press conference is available on Vikings.com.  Percy smiles a lot and handles himself well, but seems nervous, and manages to insert more “uhs” into each sentence even than the master of the “uh,” Brad Childress.

Naturally, all the talk about Harvin in the wake of his drafting is not of the happy variety.  Here’s something a source told Mike Florio about the newest Viking receiver:

They’re glad that Harvin is gone at Florida. He wore out his welcome down there, but they’ll be the first people to tell you that the guy can flat-out play.

“They” may have been sick of him at Florida, but his old head coach there, Urban Meyer, was still willing to go to bat for the kid publicly.  Meyer said this of Harvin’s issues:

He’s an extremist as far as a competitor. He does not take losing very well, which is a good thing. Obviously, you got to harness that energy, and refocus it to just get better, and he learned that as he grew up through our program.

Meyer assured Viking fans that “everything is controllable” with Harvin. How?  Through drugs?  Therapy?  Spanking?  Sorry but that word “controllable” gives me a nervous feeling in my stomach.  Makes me think of angry dogs or unruly kids.  Or Lindsay Lohan.

Tags: Brad Childress Florida Gators Lindsay Lohan Mike Florio Minnesota Vikings Percy Harvin Urban Meyer

  • Florida Fan

    dunno where Florio is getting his info, but I can tell you as a Gator Fan that I am said to see Percy go.  I don’t remember ever hearing about any incident while Percy was on campus where he was in trouble for anything.  If there were problems, they never came out.  Gator Nation loves this kid and the Vikes are lucky to have him.  All you have to do is install some adamantium in his ankles and you’ll be set.

  • Florida Gator

    “They’re glad that Harvin is gone at Florida”.  All I have to say about that is Wow. As a Gator fan I have kept up with all of the news/gossip of the team and I haven’t heard of any issues during his career at Florida. I don’t doubt that there could have been issues, but they must have been under DEEP wraps considering the respect he’s received from all his teammates. While not the most decorated, I truly believe he may be the best athlete to come through the University of Florida.  Have fun with AP and Harvin on the same field! 

  • jeege

    Hell yes!

    The best insight comes from fans who watch and love the team…Florio can stick his unsubstantiated rumors up his ass.

  • danzinski

    It needs to be said that, when I tried digging up stories about all the bad stuff  Harvin supposedly did at Florida, I couldn’t find anything definite.  It’s all vague stuff about him having an attitude.  There was a story about some possible positive drug tests that got hushed up by Urban.  That was about it.

  • jeege

    Man, how great will it be if 1. He turns out to be at least a half way decent guy and stays out of trouble and 2. The damn QBs can get him the ball.

    This will open up…eeeeverything…

  • Mike

    Danzinski, please change my vote on the poll from “Loved It” to “Am OK with it.”  I got too excited about the Vikings still getting Loadholt after the risky move to pick Harvin.  The following is my more thoughtful final evaluation of the draft:
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/163021-risky-draft-still-leaves-vikings-a-quarterback-away-from-super-bowl/poll_results#poll
    Mark Wilf is suppose to conference call me as a season ticket holder within the hour.  I hope to tell him the draft was hard to evaluate because I don’t know how they rated Harvin and Loadholt compared to Oher and another WR they could have traded up to get.  But they really need a quarterback and I hope they get Favre.

  • jeege

    Mike…it could happen…it really could.

    The Jets can’t afford the guy any longer.

  • Florida Fan

    just wait till the vikes are in the last seconds of winning the superbowl and percy does this to childress…

  • Mike

    Florida fan.  Thanks for sharing the Percy Harvin tape.  Looks like something Randy Moss would do.  Childress thinks he has another Randy Moss.  Well let us see if he can live with him this time.

  • Florida Fan

    I may have to actually start paying attention to the NFL again.  I used to be a vikes fan waaaaaaay back in the day b/c I’ve got family in the frozen tundra, but I’ve been in the south too long and indoctrinated in SEC football too much to care much about the NFL.  Randy Moss got the boot from Florida State.  Nobody gets the boot from FSU.  That’s how messed up Moss was/is.  but I digress….