Percy Harvin’s tenure as a Seattle Seahawks will always have a complicated and entertaining asterisk attached. Fans will never forget number 11 catching the ball after a one-hop and taking the opening kick off of the second half to the house. Harvin blazed through Denver defenders and Seahawks’ history as he sealed our Super Bowl 48 victory before Peyton Manning got off the bench for the third quarter. While the return heard around the Pacific Northwest is without a doubt Harvin’s brightest spot in his career, he admits those were the darkest days of his life during an interview with Bleacher Report. In the interview, he talks about his anxiety disorder and how smoking weed before every game was the best way he found to manage the stress and pressure of playing in the NFL.
Harvin opens up about the tumultuous behind-the-scenes drama with Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. He ultimately takes responsibility for the fights he caused and admits his cannabis use shouldn’t be stigmatized because it was the only thing that helped his anxiety.
Drama and all, I was always a big Percy Harvin fan during his NFL tenure. This brief glimpse into his psyche tells me he’s a good dude who dealt with demons during the most important game of his life. It’s refreshing to see more of the humanity caged underneath the helmet, team colors, and NFL shield.