Percy Harvin was once a Viking prince. He ruled the seas in Minnesota (see: lakes) and was the smallest package providing the largest punch rarely seen. But he looked at the roster led by Christian Ponder, asked "WAT?" and decided he needed to cut bait. After playing his heart out, putting his body on the line, sparring with the coaches, and seeing little to no results, Harvin decided to force the organization's hand and demand a trade out of Minnesota.
And so it was, in March 2013, that Percy Harvin was traded to the Seattle Seahawks. The Vikings got fair return in numerous draft picks including a first round pick, but they lost his dynamic ability and experience. The trade – at best – seemed like a wash for both the Vikings and the Vikings-West (see: Seattle), until Percy Harvin announced he would require surgery in late July 2013 on a hip issue that bothered him. This surgery has denied his ability to play in the NFL in 2013, as he faced a long road to rehab and recovery.
Percy Harvin has returned to practice with the Seahawks this past week, and plans to make his 2013 NFL debut against the Vikings, his former team, on Sunday. The big story is of course analyzing what kind of tool Percy Harvin becomes in an already potent offense with the Seahawks. How will his big play ability affect the receiving game? Will his deep threat potential open up more running lanes underneath for Marshawn Lynch? Does he offer his services in the return game? All of these questions are burning NFL fans' tongues.
But for Vikings fans, the real question is – what is Percy Harvin thinking heading into this weekend? Is he looking for vengeance against the Vikings? Is he hoping Christian Ponder looks a fool playing against his new team? Does Harvin hope to scorch his former teammates as he plays against them, particularly making the defense look silly?
We decided it was important to ask Harvin these questions heading into the game, and looked forward to his response:
PJD: Hi Percy, great to finally talk to you again. Glad to see you are feeling better and finally looking to play in an NFL game for the first time this season. Heading into the game against your former team in the Vikings, there must be a lot of emotions; facing you friend Adrian Peterson, squaring off against a quarterback you had little confidence in with Christian Ponder, lining up in front of former teammates on the defense. Tell us, what are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you head into Sunday's game? What are you feeling? Anger? Vengeance? Spite?
PERCY: Hey, Mr. PJD, it's, uh, good to see you, uh, too. Glad to be here, glad to be here. Naw, I'm just, you know, looking forward to playing football for the first time in a long time, you know? Happy to be able to put the pads on and get out there with, uh, my current team in Seattle. We are a great team, and I'm looking forward to adding what I, uh, can to this roster and just making us, uh, better. My focus is entirely on the Seahawks and just winning this game this weekend AND OH YEAH OF COURSE HAMMERING A FUCKING RAIL ROAD SPIKE INTO THE CRANIAL CAVITY OF EVERY SINGLE MINNESOTA VIKINGS' PLAYER AND FAT TURD FAN THAT THINKS THE PASTY NOODLE GUNNER PONDER SHOULD EVER PLAY QUARTERBACK AND WHY THE HELL ARE YOU BUFFOONS STILL STARTING THAT JESUIT I THOUGHT I TOLD YOU LAST TIME IT WAS GOING TO BE A DISASTER AND TO KNOCK THAT CHILDISH SHIT OFF AND YET HERE YOU ARE BASICALLY HANDING WINS TO NFL TEAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECAUSE YOU ICE EATERS HAVEN'T FIGURE OUT THAT HE SUCKS, THAT YOU SUCK, THAT YOUR STATE SUCKS, THAT ADRIAN PETERSON IS COOL, AND THAT VIKTOR IS THE ONLY SON OF A BITCH IN THAT PSEUDO-CANADA TRASH CAN THAT KNOWS HOW TO FUCKING PARTY GOD I HOPE WE JUST PUT A STEEL BOOT THROUGH YOUR ASSHOLE AND OUT YOUR BELLY BUTTONS THIS WEEKEND YOU SHIT HEALS I AM GOING TO SCORE AT LEAST 4 TOUCHDOWNS AND WAVE MY DICK AT YOU AND BE HAPPY ABOUT THAT TAUNTING FILE YOU ALL SUCK.
"But, you know, it, uh, is going to be a hard fought game, and lots of, uh, fun. I'm just happy to be out there this weekend, and am, uh, looking forward to facing the Vikings. I have a lot of friends still over there, you know, and respect those guys to the utmost. I wish them, uh, nothing but the best."