ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Wednesday that 2009 NFL Rookie of the Year Percy Harvin is looking to make a comeback after three years out of the league.
There aren’t many successful comeback stories in NFL history, especially for those that have been out of the game for more than two seasons. The list consists of Bronco Nagurski, Deion Sanders and Charles Haley, and those legends didn’t perform near their previous form.
Michael Vick missed the 2007 and 2008 seasons, returning in 2009. He did eventually get back to where he was before going to prison for a dog fighting scandal. In fact, Vick was even better, earning Pro-Bowl honors and winning NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2010.
Harvin’s situation is more like Vick’s than the other three players because he retired so young at the age of 28. With his incredible athleticism, he’s still in his prime years at 31 and his body hasn’t taken a beating lately.
“I’m ready to return to the NFL,” Harvin told Anderson. “I thought I was done, but that itch came back. I’ve been training with a former Olympian. My body is feeling good. Mentally I’m better. My family is good. The timing is right.”
(Just a guess here, but I’m thinking the Olympian is former Florida teammate Jeff Demps.)
Harvin helped the Gators win a pair of national championships during his three-year collegiate career. He went pro a year early and was the Minnesota Vikings’ first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Harvin won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, returning a kickoff for a TD in the victory over the Denver Broncos.