JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Even in the masses of humanity that have comprised the media sessions leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII,
He’s been the one with the nonstop smile that has ranged from Mona Lisa to all-out grin.
And who can blame Harvin. After a first season with the Seahawks that has been filled with injuries and frustration, Harvin is about to play in his chosen profession’s biggest game when he and his teammates meet the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
“Absolutely, I think about that all the time,” Harvin said through one of the array of smiles that have been his constant companion. “It’s kind of surreal. Just to know the ins and outs, that maybe I’d be on IR (injured reserve); maybe my season would be totally done. And now to know that nothing was lost and all our goals – all my goals, all the team goals – are still within our reach, within one game, within four quarters, this is a blessing.
Harvin was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings in March. But he had hip surgery on Aug. 1, and the rehabilitation process limited him to playing in one regular-season game – against the Vikings in Week 11, when he had a 58-yard kickoff return and a 17-yard reception in limited snaps. That effort aggravated the hip, however, which put Harvin back on the sideline until the divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, when he caught a team-high three passes and also had a 9-yard run before being knocked out of the game with a concussion in the second quarter. That injury kept him out of the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.
But when on the field, during practice, as well as those two games, those glimpses – flashes, if you will – of Harvin were startling reminders of what he can bring to the team.
“That’s what frustrated me the most,” he said. “I know when I’m on the field that I can be effective. I know how much I practice. I know how much work I put into it. So to know I was out there, gave a few plays and then was out, I know it frustrated a lot of people – myself include. I just love playing the game of football and not being out there was killing me.
“But it’s all over now. I’m definitely happy. I’m just looking to have a great Super Bowl.”
That has not changed this week.
“You can really see it in his eyes,” left tackle
As Okung said, you can see it in Harvin’s eyes. Not to mention the spectrum of smiles he has displayed this week.