Percy Harvin never lacked the physical talent to be a great NFL player, but his career consisted mostly of a few flashes of greatness surrounded by many times he fell short.
Now retired, the 30-year-old Harvin told Sports Illustrated he had mental stresses that I can’t even put into words.
Harvin is now living back in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a star for the Gators. New Florida head coach Dan Mullen, who was the Gators’ offensive coordinator during Harvin’s final year there, has encouraged Harvin to spend time with the football team, and to finish his degree. Harvin says he’s been feeling better recently, and that’s why he’s now willing to talk about all the problems of his past.
A lot of the stuff I struggled with, it just don’t affect me no more. That’s why I’m comfortable talking about it, Harvin said. I’m cool with you asking whatever you want. Failing a drug test. The fights. ‘Cause it’s gonna help somebody.
Harvin said he has no interest in trying to get back to the NFL, describing himself now as at peace.
Glennon lasted four games in that role before Mitch Trubisky took over the job and the Bears cut Glennon loose this offseason. He signed with the Cardinals, who also signed Sam Bradford before trading up to draft Josh Rosen in the first round.
The biggest quarterback question in Arizona is whether Rosen will make the same early move into the lineup that Trubisky did last year. Glennon’s question is whether he’ll be playing at all, but he said the change in circumstances hasn’t left him down in the dumps. Glennon said you have to keep everything in perspective and realize I’m still living the dream while doing what he can to be ready to play if needed.
That’s what I feel like I’ve done over the past few years, always prepare and be ready for that opportunity, Glennon said, via the team’s website. When I was the backup in Tampa, it never really came. You just never know. I know Arizona has had that come up a lot recently. You have to go in with the mindset of, ‘I have to be ready to go.’