Harvin’s migraines neither new nor thing of past

By Adam Silverstein
October 1, 2009

When Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was held out of practice last week with migraines, many of the team’s fans were worried. But for Vikings brass, Florida Gators fans and Harvin himself, his migraines were all too familiar.

Harvin’s migraines began in middle school and have been a nuisance to him since. Labeled by many scouts prior to the NFL Draft as “injury prone” (one of my least favorite words in sports), Harvin’s migraines have always been more of a problem to him than a sprained ankle or a pulled hamstring.

Missing two games as a sophomore in 2007 while at Florida, Harvin has often been “able to control his migraines with medication when they begin,” reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Vikings head coach Brad Childress even acknowledged on Wednesday that the team was aware of the issue when selecting Harvin in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The headaches certainly did not limit him on Sunday, when Harvin ran back a 101-yard kickoff for a touchdown. And they have yet to hamper his NFL career either. In his first three games, Harvin leads NFL rookies in scoring with 18 points, leads the Vikings in receiving yards (128) and ranks No. 1 in the league in kickoff return average (35.8 yards). He has scored a touchdown in all three of his NFL games, continuing a streak he began in 2007 at Florida by scoring a touchdown in every game he has played since Nov. 3 of that year (18).

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