Buffalo Bills’ WR Percy Harvin to Retire; Has Battled Injuries
After seven NFL seasons, injuries are leading Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver Percy Harvin to retire and hang up the cleats on Thursday. He joins quite the list of players that retired this year.
Harvin was selected 22nd overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, but also played for the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets before being signed by the Buffalo Bills this past offseason. After missing a week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to a hip injury, talks of retirement arose. Add in a lingering knee injury and it is safe to say Harvin was rarely at 100%.
He became frustrated with his inability to stay healthy and made the decision to step away from the game now to prevent further injury. The NFL takes a huge tole on players over years, but receivers do not take as much of a punishing as running backs. That is why it is still shocking to see a receiver retire at the young age of 27.
We have already witnessed the unexpected retirement of All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson this year, so this just adds to the increasingly long list of quality players retiring very early in their careers.
Oh Mercy, It’s Percy!
Once upton a time, Percy Harvin dazzled the NFL with returns, catches and even the occasional hand off in the backfield. His lone Pro Bowl selection came his rookie season as he posted over 1,300 yards from scrimmage and scored 9 times for the Vikings.
It looked as though Harvin was about to take the league by storm. His next two seasons were rather good as well. His best receiving year came in 2011 where he caught 87 balls for 967 yards and 6 touchdowns. However, that would be his last season appearing in all the games. The injury bug bit him the following season and he would battle them the rest of his career.
With all this talk of injuries and retirement, let’s not forget Harvin shining on the biggest stage of them all. He returned the second half kick of Super Bowl XLVIII to the house to help defeat the Denver Broncos. That game was dominated by the Seahawks from the opening snap, but Harvin electrified the crows to start the second half.
While Percy Harvin never quite lived up to the type of player he was expected to be, he had a good career and ends it with the most important piece of hardware to an NFL player, a Super Bowl ring. He ends his career with 9,063 all purpose yards and 32 touchdowns.