Former NFL WR Percy Harvin Says He Was High During Every Game of Career

Tim Kelly
October 02, 2019 - 2:13 pm

Percy Harvin he packed quite a bit into the parts of eight seasons he played in the NFL.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Harvin in the first round out of Florida in the 2009 NFL Draft, and he became an immediate weapon, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year that season. In four seasons with the Vikings, Harvin totaled 3,302 receiving yards, had five kick returns for touchdowns and made a Pro-Bowl.

Harvin's status ahead of games was regularly unknown because he suffered from migraines. He now says he suffered from anxiety during his entire NFL career, which became rather tumultuous after he left Minnesota. He says the only thing that would comfort him was smoking Marijuana.

"Now you're looking at a guy that - I was at the Mayo Clinic and had at least seven prescriptions that I was supposed to take, from Zoloft and all the other ones that I was taking," Harvin said to Bleacher Report's Master Tesfatsion. "The only thing that really seemed to work was when I would smoke Marijuana."

"There's not a game - there's not a game that I played in that I wasn't high. And that's what I want the world to kind of see today, is it's not a stigma where people are doing it [smoking Marijuana] and getting in a whole bunch of trouble. It's just people living regular lives."

While Harvin never failed a drug test once he was in the NFL, he is believed to have failed tests both at Florida and at the NFL Scouting Combine. Ultimately, his talent continued to pique the interests of teams.

In his final four NFL seasons, Harvin split time with the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, playing in just 21 of a possible 64 games.

He was part of the Seattle Seahawks team that won Super Bowl XLVIII 43-8 over the Denver Broncos, but he had just one catch for five yards in the game. He did have an 87-yard kick return touchdown in the second-half, but what he's most remembered for as a Seahawk - and perhaps period - is the fight that he got into with teammate Golden Tate Super Bowl week.

"Thinking about it now, man, I can't even believe I did it," Harvin said recalling the incident. "So we're down at the Super Bowl, of course, the year [it was played] in New York. We were playing the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning. We're at the practice facility, we had to practice inside because it was cold and snowing. And Golden did an interview, and I had just sat our the previous game with a concussion. And the question is 'How do you feel getting Percy Harvin back and getting some of ya'll power back?' And the response was 'We made it here without him so whether he plays or doesn't play, we'll be good.'"

Harvin, who was limited to just one regular season game in 2013, took exception to Tate's comments. He says that he approached Tate in the locker room later in the day, and was so angry that it probably didn't matter what Tate said in response when he asked him about the quote. Harvin says that he punched Tate so hard that he landed in a trash can.

The Seahawks invested a ton in Harvin. They traded a first, a third and a seventh round pick to acquire Harvin, signed him to a six-year/$67 extension and even allowed Tate to leave in free-agency after the 2013 season. Still, Harvin's time in Seattle was such a disaster that he was traded to the New York Jets in October of 2017, and ultimately played just a total of six regular season games as a Seahawk.

Harvin is still only 31 years old, but he hasn't played in the NFL since 2017. Meanwhile, Tate has over 7,000 receiving yards in his NFL career and will make his New York Giants debut this weekend after serving a four-game PED suspension to open the 2019 season.

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