Introducing your newest NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year — one Percy Harvin. The former Florida Gator took the Minnesota Vikings by storm during his premiere season with plays like the one above. After a dubious start to his rookie year thanks to the Devil’s Weed, Harvin has been a legitimate offensive weapon who is threat to house it every time he touches the ball. You know? Just like he did here?
And while my post is essentially the equivalent of a SportsCenter highlight reel, Harvin seems to impress those who are around him on a day-to-day basis. Head coach Brad Childress is specifically impressed with his new award winner’s toughness:
“That may be as big of factor as anything,” Childress said. “His physical toughness as well as mental toughness particularly this time of year to fight on and then throw in the shoulder, throw in the migraines, throw in the fact he’s a rookie. To be strong willed and strong minded. I have a lot of respect for his toughness and then probably the second thing I would mention is his competitiveness. He has A [level] competes where it’s, ‘I’m not going to back down whether it’s Charles Woodson standing in the slot covering me.’ He’s extremely competitive. Like Brett [Favre] says, ‘He’s pretty good.’”
If ever there was a landslide win in postseason accolades, Harvin’s offensive ROY got one, garnering 41 of the 50 first-place votes. From ill-timed pot user to the NFL’s version of Rookie of the Year — that probably qualifies as one of those “paths less traveled” scenarios; but hey, whatever it takes, right?
Next up for Harvin and the rest of his Vikings? The NFC playoffs and the winner of the Philadelphia/Dallas game. To say the road gets easier from here on out is quite the understatement. If the Vikings do in fact make a run to the Super Bowl, their new award-winning rookie will have to play a big part.
After surprising Urban Meyer with what might have been his first time getting slapped on the ass–by a player anyway–Percy Harvin, the best player on the field during the BCS National Championship game, is taking his pads to the big boys league, the NFL. Meanwhile, linebacker Brandon Spikes and of course, Tim Tebow, are coming back to Gainesville for another season.
By most 2009 Mock Draft projections, Harvin will probably be a mid-to-late-first round pick. Are we looking at another player in the mold of Darren Sproles or will Harvin DeSean Jackson-type: a return specialist who possesses receiving skills? Hell, maybe Philadelphia could draft him and pair him the two as wide receivers.
While that may very well be the shortest tandem in the league, there wouldn’t be many secondaries keeping up with them either.
There’s a football game of some note on tonight, but the delay’s been so long now, I’ve almost forget which two teams are involved and what it is they are playing for? Oh, that’s right. Tebow versus Bradford. Stoops versus Meyer. Percy Harvin versus his ankle. Florida’s D versus Oklahoma’s offense (and vice versa). So on and so on.
There’s a fairly substantial game taking place in Atlanta, Georgia tomorrow. I think maybe it’s referred to as the SEC Championship? It could also be called the semi-final game before the national championship. The thinking is, whoever wins the game between Florida and Alabama goes to the BCS Championship to face Oklahoma the winner of the Big 12 Championship game — well, not Missouri, but someone from the Big 12.
So who wins? Alabama’s strength or Florida’s speed? Nick Saban or Urban Meyer? Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin or John Parker Wilson and the Coffee/Ingram express (there’s entirely too much talent on this field to list, so I’ll just stick with these guys for now)? For what it’s worth, pretty much the entire nation think Florida will be the champion, as demonstrated by ESPN’s poll.