Report: Percy Harvin eyeing return to NFL

Rob Gronkowski may not be the only 30-something retire NFL athlete trying to make a comeback in 2020. On Wednesday morning ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that 31-year old retired receiver Percy Harvin was also mulling over a return to the NFL.

“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.”

Harvin was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 22nd overall in the 2009 draft. He played four seasons with the Vikings, amassing 3,985 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns.

Harvin was electric when he was healthy but hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016 when he played in just two games with the Buffalo Bills. He played in only five games for the Bills the previous season with the Bills as well.

“I knew I wasn’t functioning right, not only physically, just all around the board,” Harvin told Anderson. “I had to get in contact with myself.”

Harvin has been training in Gainesville with former U.S. Olympian Tim Montgomery. Montgomery owns NUMA Speed in Gainesville and has worked with Antonio Callaway, Josh Gordon and several other Florida athletes in Gainesville.

Harvin posted 353 receptions in 61 career games in the NFL. He was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019. In three seasons for the Gators Harvin was an All-American (2008) and a two-time National Champion.

Nick de la Torre
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