GAINESVILLE, Fla. - On Wednesday, it was announced that Virginia Beach product Percy Harvin is planning an NFL comeback nearly four years after his last game.
News 3 sports reporter Megan Plain caught up with a pair of the wide receiver former University of Florida teammates, who think Harvin's the right guy to pull off a comeback.
“Honestly if it was anybody that could come back it would be Percy," said former Gator and NFL player Major Wright, who played with Harvin from 2007-08. "When it comes to football, he was elite.”
“Percy was so much better than a lot of players that right now he might be getting back to normal, like a normal guy," added former Gator and NFL player Ahmad Black, who played with Harvin from 2007-08. "I'm not taking shots at any other guys, but ultimately right now I think he’s a lot better than a lot of guys that’s in the league right now.”
Harvin has an impressive football background as a five-star recruit out of Landstown High School, a two-time national champion at Florida and part of the Seahawks' Super Bowl team.
Although, all the time off from the sport he once dominated in will make a return to the NFL extremely difficult.
“Mentally trying to get yourself prepared to get back into game shape, practice shape, it’s difficult," Wright said. "It’s a tough thing to do, to stop for so long and then just start back up. It’s not an easy sport. This sport is contact, guys chasing after you, you have to be at your tiptop shape.”
As Josina Anderson shared on Twitter, Harvin has returned to tiptop shape, but now he waits for an invite to an NFL training camp this summer.
Percy Harvin told me while out of NFL: “I had a dream a while ago when 12 was with the #Patriots, that I would play for Tom Brady. That was well before the pandemic & he went to the Bucs, my comeback was already in the works. But I’m ready for any offense that'll just let me go." pic.twitter.com/nZqAdD5uS1
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 22, 2020