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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin, most known for his time with the Seattle Seahawks, is retiring from the NFL after two injury-plagued seasons. Harvin is only 27 years old. He was the 2009 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year with the Minnesota Vikings.
ESPN reporter Adam Schefter tweeted the news Thursday evening:
Percy Harvin told the Bills he is retiring, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2016
Harvin looked strong for the Bills early last season, and some were hopeful that he would return to his early-career form, but injuries caught up with him once again. He finished the year with 19 catches for 218 yards and one touchdown in five games of action.
An electrifying receiver and return man, Harvin was a must-watch player early in his career, reminiscent of vintage Dante Hall and Devin Hester. In his best year, with Minnesota in 2011, Harvin had 87 catches for 967 yards and six touchdowns; he also returned a punt for a touchdown.
Harvin had the talent, speed, and athleticism, but he struggled with both injuries and getting along with his teammates. The former Florida Gator – yep, Tim Tebow was his quarterback – was one of the Seattle Seahawks’ two biggest offensive threats (alongside Marshawn Lynch) when they won the Super Bowl in 2014. He was traded from the Seahawks to the Jets, and speculation circulated that he was a locker room cancer in Seattle and had body-slammed teammate Golden Tate.
It’s a shame he’s having to retire because his body has let him down, because it seemed like Harvin was finally figuring it out.
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[via The Big Lead]