Former Pro Bowl WR Percy Harvin eyes return to NFL

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Percy Harvin was a human highlight reel with the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks before things unraveled with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Now, more than three years after stepping away from the NFL, the 31-year-old receiver is working on a comeback.

Harvin revealed his plans for an NFL return to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. While it’s been a few years since he stepped on the field, Harvin seems to be in a better place physically and mentally than when he stepped away from the game in March 2017.

In his prime, few players were as explosive as Harvin with the football in his hands. He averaged 27.1 yards per kickoff return across nine seasons and returned five kickoffs for touchdowns.

Harvin also proved to be a dynamic weapon on offense. He made the Pro Bowl roster as a rookie in 2009 after racking up eight total touchdowns with 925 scrimmage yards. The playmaker’s best season came in 2011 with the Vikings when he finished with 1,312 scrimmage yards and nine touchdowns.

He went on to win a Super Bowl with the Seahawks before the team traded him early in the 2014 season to the Jets. Harvin wasn’t able to rediscover his explosive form over the next three seasons with the Jets and Bills.

Harvin opened up in 2019 about his experiences with anxiety and admitted he smoked marijuana regularly during his NFL career. While it might be difficult to return to the league after three years away, it’s great to see Harvin is living healthier and feeling better.