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January 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

More from Percy Harvin: “I’m not worried about anything”

Seattle receiver Percy Harvin was one of the more popular Seahawks at Media Day today. Here’s more of what he had to say:

(on what it was like to play with Tim Tebow in college) “It was unbelievable. I’m actually still close friends with him. I talked with him just a couple of minutes ago.”

(on how he feels) “I feel great. I’m feeling fine. I feel normal. I have been practicing well. I’m just happy to be here.”

(on if he was concerned if he was going to be able to play in this game) “Not at all.”

(on if he was worried over the past couple of weeks) “Not at all. I was just working on the things at hand. I’m focusing on the things I can control. I took the steps and followed the protocol and everything worked out for the best. I’m glad.”

(on if he has any symptoms lingering from that game) “No sir.”

(on if the Super Bowl is a good way to salvage a frustrating season) “Definitely. This is what we practice the whole time for. It’s a dream come true for a bunch of us. We are just glad to be here.”

(on if he will struggle with the game speed) “No. I’ve had good practices, and I have full confidence in my game. Once I am out there on that field, I only know one speed and that’s full force.”

(on what effect the media hype has on the team) “We’re all having fun with it. We were back there laughing and joking. That’s what we do as a team: laughing and joking. When it’s time to get focused and to get on the field, we know how to turn it on.”

(on if there’s one person that has had a special influence on his ability to get to this level) “I would definitely say, without a question, my mom. She has been the driving force of me since I was younger. She has played a big part in just helping me out this season and staying focused and controlling the things that I can control. It would be no question, my mom.”

(on if a good performance in the Super Bowl will salvage his season) “I don’t know if it would salvage it, but it would definitely just be a dream come true. As far as this season me being back and forth, I’m not really looking it at it that way. I’m looking at we got to the Super Bowl and I’m glad to be part of this team and gearing up to play a game. I’m not really worrying about the past games that I missed and the time I missed. I’m here now, I’m healthy and I’m ready to go.”

(on if he has any advice for the NFL Play 60 Superkid, who will deliver the game ball to the referee) “The advice I would give you is to have a great time. Just like all of us, it’s going to be the time of your life. You’re going to get to see all of the fans and all of the cool things. I’ll just tell you to enjoy yourself and have a good time.”

(on how much he sees the weather affecting the game) “We are definitely tired of [hearing about] it. We know it’s going to be cold. We’re used to all of that playing in Seattle. We practice in it. We are tired of hearing about it. The best team and the team that can stay focused and have less turnovers will win the game.”

(on if he has a routine to follow in games in colder weather) “I go out the way I play every Sunday whether it rains or it’s cold. I go out the same.”

(on if there are certain weather conditions that favor wide receivers) “I would definitely give the edge to the offense, but at the same time, we’re all playing on the same ground. This game won’t come down to the conditions or how the ground is or the weather, but it will come down to who’s focused.”

(on if he’s the X-factor in the game) “I’ve been hearing X-factor and this talk. This is not my first rodeo. I’ve played in a lot of football games and I’ve been effective at doing that. I’m not worried about anything other than what I’ve always done, and that is go out there and play football the way I know how.”

(on if he likes the X-factor label) “It’s good to know people view me as a weapon like that, but I just want to be a normal guy on the team that has a lot of weapons led by a great quarterback and a great coach.”

(on if it was difficult missing all the time that he did) “It was definitely a trying year for me. I had ups and downs. I have my days with great teammates that I leaned on them a lot just to keep me going. My mom, my family, it was frustrating for a lot of people, me, my teammates, the front office, but we all stuck together and hopefully in this game it will all pay off.”

(on what was the most difficult part of not playing) “I’m a competitor. I love the game. Any time when it’s on Sunday and you have to watch, it wasn’t good for me. But I did enjoy my teammates, watching Doug [Baldwin] and [Jermaine] Kearse evolve and make some of the big plays they did all year. It has been exciting, but it was frustrating.”

(on if you can compare Brett Favre to Russell Wilson) “They’re similar. I would say the only way I would say they’re similar is the way they prepare. Until I met Russell, I hadn’t met anybody who prepared for the game the way Brett did until I got to Seattle and the way Russell did. The first day, me going in there, I saw Russell in there at maybe six o’clock, and it was the offseason. The offseason program had just started, and Russell was in there watching film and stuff. That caught my eye on Russell, and the way he prepares is unreal.”

(on his thoughts on the Seattle’s receiving corps) “We’re here for a reason. Any group wouldn’t be here at the Super Bowl if they didn’t have quality players. We are just preparing for this game.”

(on if he feels any pressure to outscore Peyton Manning and his record-setting offense) “Not at all. We have one of the best defenses I’ve seen in a long time. We have a lot of faith in those guys. We aren’t worried about that at all. We are well-aware of Peyton and the things that he presents, but we are very confident in our defense.”

(on how his only full game this season may come in the Super Bowl) “It’s an awesome feeling. It’s a blessing to even be here and healthy and able to play. I can only say that I’m blessed and just ready for this opportunity.”

(on the weather) “I would say the only difference is that it’s colder. It comes down to your will to play football. The weather is what it is. It’s not going to change. You just have to go out there and the better team is going to win the game regardless of the weather or hot or cold or rainy or snowy. It’s not going to matter.”

(on how confident he is that will make a difference and be the player that he always has been) “I’m always confidence. Anytime I’m on the field, I feel like I can make a play. To that degree, I’m not worried at all. As long as I’m on the field, I am going to make a play.”

(on if the coaching staff has placed on limitation on his productivity) “The only thing I was told is that I’m full-go and to be ready.”

(on if the fact that he has not been banged up recently will help or hurt him) “I was actually thinking about that. A lot of different people were coming to me giving me different scenarios and that is one of the topics we talked about. It’s just a blessing to be able to play the game with not a lot of contact and wear and tear on my legs. I’m feeling really good about that, so we’ll see how it plays out.”

(on what it would mean to make a big play in the Super Bowl) “It would be huge. It’s not all about me and the time I missed. I’ve wanted to make plays because that’s what I do and that’s what I want to do since I was kid. I’m not into trying to do things because I didn’t play half of the season or any of that. I’m there to make plays for my team because that’s what I’m supposed to do.”

(on the team’s chemistry) “I just think from the front office on down, everyone has a good time and hangs out with each other. The coaches hang out, we have cook outs at each other’s houses all of the time. It’s just a great chemistry from the top on down to the bottom.”

(on if he feels the rust in missing so much time during the season) “I guess we’ll see on Sunday.”

(on how he feels representing Virginia Beach) “It’s huge for the hometown. I don’t think we’ve ever had a player to bring home a championship ever, so if we could bring it back to VA, that would do a whole lot to the 757.

(on what he would say to all of the Florida Gators watching and supporting him) “I would just tell them that I appreciate all of the support. Those guys have been calling me, sending me texts, giving me a lot of love. To those guys, I would have to tell them that I appreciate everything and that I hope I can win this for the Gator nation.”

(on Russell Wilson’s leadership) “As far as a competitor and a knack to be great, I haven’t seen too many players that want to be great as much as Russell does. He would talk to you so much to the point that you want to look at him and say ‘Hey man, just be quiet and let me play.’ He wants every detail, he wants you to know what he thinks the defender might do. He wants to cover every detail possible. He is definitely one of the ultimate competitors in this game.”

(on what was the most difficult part of recovery) “Just getting used to all of the motion. I had a bone that was blocking me from fully extending for 15 years. To not have that blocking, I had to learn to control myself again and break down and not overcompensate. It was tough, so I had just basically had to run again.”

(on how he feels he can impact this game) “In different phases in the game. The first, I think in the special teams game I can really be a factor during the game, just being another threat on the team. The four of us wide receivers on the field plus Marshawn Lynch is going to be pick your poison.”

(on what he learned from Randy Moss) “He’s my man. I learned so much from him. Words can’t express how happy I am to see him here. He basically just taught me how to run a route and control yourself. With me, I’ve had a lot of speed so learning to control that speed and when to use it or not to use it. Learn how to come out on breaks. I’ve definitely learned a lot from that guy and a lot of young receivers can.”

(on the biggest difference between time spent with the Vikings and the Seahawks) “I won’t compare. I’m just happy to be where I’m at in Seattle. I have great teammates and a great coach, a great supporting staff.”

(on how close he is to 100 percent) “I don’t know if a player can ever actually say that he is 100 percent. I feel really good. I haven’t had any problems or anything.”

(on if he will be playing at full strength in this game) “I am absolutely playing.”

(on what it means to him that he’s playing in this game) “It means everything. This is what every professional athlete strives for, since I was six years old, to play at the Super Bowl, to be around this atmosphere, to be around the fans. When we took off from Seattle, all the way down our sidewalks and highways, fans were blowing horns. To experience those types of things is a dream come true.”

(on what he learned about himself while he took time off trying to recuperate) “I just learned to control the things that I can control. I think a lot of people in life beat themselves up over things that they necessarily can’t control. So going through that whole process, having my up and down games, talking to people, it opened my eyes up to a lot of different things.”

 

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