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January 29, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Percy Harvin: “I’m so excited to play football, be healthy and feel the way I’m feeling right now”

On Seattle’s second day of media availability Wednesday, receiver Percy Harvin again took a number of questions on his health, and again answered that he feels as good now as he has all year.

“I’m so excited to play football, be healthy and feel the way I’m feeling right now,” Harvin said. “It’s going to be a good game.”

Harvin also gave one of the more frank answers I’ve heard on what the support of his teammates meant to him during the season

“I’m going to be really blunt and straightforward — if it wasn’t for my teammates being there for me the way they were, I might’ve just shut it down,” he said. “Just being discouraged, there came a point in time where the training staff didn’t know whether it was a smart idea to try to come back in the same season. Like anyone has ever had hip surgery and came back in the same season. A lot of frustration came with it. I probably would’ve been done with the season if it wasn’t for my teammates.”

Here’s more of what Harvin had to say today:

(on whether he sees the Super Bowl as redemption) “I don’t know about redemption because I’m not looking at it in that way. I’m just looking at it as an opportunity. It’s a blessing to be able to play in the Super Bowl, a game that I’ve dreamed of playing in since I was a little kid. After all I’ve been through, to be able to know I’ve reached that goal, right here, right now, it’s amazing.”

(on what he does off the field) “Off the field I’m a homebody. I don’t normally do too much. My teammates send me texts all the time trying to pull me out of the hotel room. I’m just a homebody. I like relaxing. I’m more comfortable in surroundings that I like and that’s in my home playing a game. I bowl a lot and play cards.”

(on what he would tell the 12th man) “I would tell them that this fan base here is the best that I’ve ever been around. The support that you’ve given me and to this whole team, it hasn’t gone unnoticed. These guys, the Super Bowl, if we win it, will go to them just as much as it goes to us.”

(on whether he has thought about his emotions on Sunday) “I haven’t. I just know I probably will be emotional, but at the same time I’ll be ready to play that game.”

(on whether he sees Sunday as a way to give back to his teammates) “Sure. I want to hold up my end of the bargain and do the things I was brought here to do. I’m not looking to pay anything back or anything of that circumstance. I’m not. I’m looking to go out there, play a great game and try to make some plays for my teammates. Just being out there with them gives me joy.”

(on Russell Wilson saying Harvin is one of the best players in the league when healthy) “That’s a tremendous honor because I think the exact same thing of him. The way he prepares, I don’t think I’ve seen too many people have the knack to want be great. He wants to be a great quarterback. He just doesn’t want to be average or All-Pro. He wants to be talked about as a great quarterback and I don’t think he’s going to stop until he does.”

(on if he is worried about his timing with Wilson) “Not at all. We’re fine. We’ve been good. I think in the Saints game, we were starting to get into a little rhythm. I had a lot of practices. Before the whole surgery and things like that, we had a lot of one-on-one sessions. We’ll be fine.”

(on the importance of following their normal routine) “The big goal our coach gave to us is staying in our routine. It will be good to get to Wednesday, start practicing, get our massages and get in the regular routine that we normally do because that’s going to be the key. If we do anything that we don’t normally do any other week, I think you’ll get yourself in trouble.”

(on if they are worried about the weather) “Not at all. We actually don’t think it’s all that cold like everybody else does. Being from Seattle, there’s nasty weather. We get rain. It gets cold. We’re not worried about that at all. The best team will win this game.”


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