May 4, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) talks with the media after drills at rookie camp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Vikings Training Camp 2012: Harrison Smith Is Feisty If Nothing Else


We know one thing about Harrison Smith: He doesn’t back down. This was illustrated in practice Wednesday when the rookie safety tangled with Percy Harvin. Per 1500ESPN, Smith gave Harvin a good pop after a pass reception and continued to tussle with the receiver as he proceeded upfield. The over-sensitive Harvin took offense at Smith’s persistence and appeared to want to throw the ball at him, but settled for getting in Smith’s face. To his credit, the rookie stood right there and yelled back at Harvin, who ultimately skulked off in the company of a Vikings media relations official.

“It’s the game of football,” Smith said afterward. “It’s not a passive sport. It’s an aggressive sport played by aggressive people, so that stuff happens.”

Percy had no comment on the dust-up. Of course this was not an important event in the grand scheme of things – tussles happen in training camp – but it does at least give us a small glimpse into the character of Harrison Smith, a rookie we know almost nothing about. Here’s what we know now: he’s got some grit and feistiness to him. Percy Harvin can get pretty crazy, plus he’s an established veteran in this case going up against a rookie who hasn’t proven a damn thing. It’s fairly impressive that Smith would stand up to him the way he did. I’m sure his defensive teammates were watching and they probably now have a lot more respect for Smith than they did before.

Will Harrison Smith prove to be a good football player? Only time will tell. He either has the skills to play safety at a high level in the NFL or he doesn’t. We do know one thing: he’s not going to be intimidated.

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  • cavikingfan2

    good job smith keep it up

  • Hawk’s Eye

    At best this guy is a poorman’s John Lynch, which isn’t bad at all. That means he’ll be good to go and sevicable for the vikes for a long time. Don’t want to make early comparisons to someone like John Lynch. But he’s got many similarities…not the most talented or physically gifted, but makes up for it with smart & aggressive play. Just the type of character we may need that does things right and always know where to be.