Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin celebrates after returning a kick for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Percy Harvin Will Deliver Big For Seattle Seahawks This Year

Fact: Percy Harvin is the NFL’s most dynamic offensive threat.  He can play wideout, he can play in the slot, he can run out of the backfield, and he can return kicks.  You can draw up sweep plays for him, screen passes, misdirections, and draws.  There is nothing the guy can’t do.

Seahawks fans are still drooling over the talents this young man possesses.  We really didn’t get a chance to see him fully utilize them during this last season since he was only able to play one full game, which happened to be the biggest game of his life, the Super Bowl.  It was his absence from the regular season that gave a lot of fans and critics a reason to completely shrug Harvin off.

Harvin didn’t make the NFL Top 100 list, he missed receiving the Super Bowl MVP honors (although I think that’s who really earned it) and there is no way he didn’t see the hundreds of memes that were made, poking fun at his injury-riddled year.

Once upon a time Japan bombed the U.S.A., more specifically Pearl Harbor.  The attack was devastating to the United States at the time, but Japan’s then Emperor Yamamoto said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”  You always have to be very careful about making parallels between war and sports, but as a general idea I believe this quote applies to the dangerous Percy Harvin, who showed us a preview of what he will do throughout the 2014-15 season during Super Bowl 48.

Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) strides up the sideline in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Harvin heard the internet jokers, he has heard the NFL analysts, and he has seen his stock drop amongst his peers.  You had better believe that Harvin is not just looking to return healthy for next season, he will be looking to wreak havoc.

He will be looking to put on a display that cannot be ignored, to silence the nay-sayers and to show all of the ‘Hawks fans why it was wise for Pete Carroll and John Schneider to pursue him.

Not only is Percy Harvin angry, but he is on the angriest team in the league.  You have to believe that Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman have been in Harvin’s ear all summer long, just getting his blood boiling, getting him mentally ready to destroy opposing defenses.

It is fair to predict that this will be Harvin’s best year in the league, and that the Minnesota Vikings will regret having let him get away. The sleeping giant lives, and he is very much awake.

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  • MyDogWally

    Nice article, but just for the record, Yamamoto wasn’t the emperor of Japan. Hirohito was. Yamamoto was an admiral in charge of Japan’s entire navy.

    • Todd Pheifer

      Good catch, MyDogWally. That’s what we get for trying to write about history. :)

  • HD Case

    Completely agree with your assessment. I think Harvin is also why the odds makers were so far off with the SB betting line – they didn’t take into consideration his potential contribution to the Seahawks offense in the big game – and I absolutely cannot wait to see what the ‘hawks will do this year with a healthy Percy Harvin playing all season long. Of course the books also didn’t value the strength of schedule near enough either since there are probably 3-4 teams in the NFC that would have beaten Denver. Seattle just happened to be the lucky one to come out on top in the NFC and get the reward of a cake walk for the ring.

  • Tony L. Castleberry

    A correction sir:

    You wrote: “Yamamoto said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”- Shane Tidrick

    This is a common myth but still a falsehood. The line you are quoting IIRC first appears in a movie like “TORA! TORA! TORA!” or some such and a slightly different version also appears in the Pearl Harbor movie of the early 2000s. There is literally no real evidence Yamamoto said any variation of this. It is true that in his journals he expressed dismay over some aspects of how the attack on Pearl Harbor failed but he never seemed to really believe America was a “sleeping giant” they needed to worry about.

    • Todd Pheifer

      Fair enough, Tony. Thanks for the insight!

      • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

        Well there you go….now you dont have to sweat using a war quote for sports…
        BTW?My grandfather had the misfortune to turn 21 exactly 4 weeks before Pearl Harbor( one of the first fellows drafted)…he was involved in the entire Japanese theater.He too shared this guys thought… he said the Japanese rarely displayed fear in battle.Yamamoto was probably no different~they considered that a deep sign of weakness.
        Speaking of battle…its going to be one in the NFC West this year and i hope Percy is the warrior he thinks he is because i would like nothing better than to see it play out just as you wrote it in this article. We need a healthy Harvin and the law of averages owes him this 2014 so bring it on Percy. Wreak Havoc and bring Seattle back another SB Win. Go Hawks!

    • Brice Lenz

      Really? This is about football and you write 2 long paragraphs about making a history error? Get a life.

      • Tony L. Castleberry

        Are you a complete moron?! “Two LONG paragraphs”?! Kids these days…*sigh*.

        What I did is all too common and has been done by considerate people since humans first became the abstract thinking hominids we are. It was an ASIDE which the author of the article took the right way but you got offended and somehow took it as if I were coming to a football forum and spewing politics or some other irrelevancy. Let a writer write a football article in which he states “Humans only use 10% of our brains” (another common falsehood) and see how many neurologists and other knowledgeable folk correct this…as an ASIDE kiddo.

      • Wick

        Sorry, we have a life but we are not stupid…..Add to this, Yamamoto was not the Emperor of Japan, it was Hirohito.

  • HD

    Isn’t interesting Harvin has been quietly overlooked by many of the projections into the 2014 season…it will be nice to see that aspect of Seattle’s offense a reality through the season

  • johntheonly

    I think that Harvin’s peers agree that Percy is a top ten talent in the league-but because he only played a very little bit, was not voted as such. I too believe that he will have a great season; with only minor scrapes and aches the way that the most fortunate football players endure. Even with the so-called target on their backs, I believe that, excluding any major injuries, that Seattle will again contend, maybe even pulling away a little bit further from their arch rivals in the west. I am saving my voice and my intensity for that which is upcoming…