Jason Cole Bashes Former Colts WR Harrison, Offers Little Evidence

An article gracing the front page of Yahoo today offers up some supposed insight into what a lot of people have noticed, that Marvin Harrison is still without a team.

While it probably goes without saying that most Colts fans who are thinking about more than nostalgia and that number 88 jersey in their closet (I know the feeling) will consider it the right move to let Harrison go, Jason Cole has decided to focus more on the personal issues of Harrision, and less on the fact that he is a 37 year old reciever, with knee issues, and high salary demands. Sure these are mentioned, but the article quickly turns another direction.

While I’m not disagreeing with the possibility that Harrison may have not always lived up to the quiet demeanor he is known for, I don’t find anonymous sources to be the best measure of Harrison’s overall legacy. Amongst the contentions is that Manning and Harrison didn’t get along, but no tangible proof is given in Cole’s article. Cole also refers to another anonymous coach revisiting a comment Harrison supposedly made back in 2006 regarding catching punts during warmups. The following is the source paragraph as taken from Cole’s article:

“Marvin smiled a little, just a little, and then said, serious as a heart attack, ‘It’s the only way to get the ball around here,’ ” the coach said of a player who set an NFL record with 143 grabs in 2002 but was limited to just 80 the past two seasons.

Read the article and decide what you think. I won’t touch the topic of the shooting incident, because that is a legal issue and a totally different scenario altogether. Its hard to see a guy who set all kinds of receiving records, not to mention the most touchdowns between a quarterback and receiver, being concerned about his touches.

Everyone knows that Manning is second to none in terms of finding the open receiver. Furthermore, calling Harrison a “diva” in the same vein as Chad Ochocinco or Terrell Owens just doesn’t have the evidence to support it. It seems unfair to label a guy, who for 13 seasons garnered the respect of seemingly everyone (at least publicly), as a prima dona based on some recent anonymous hearsay.


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