Newark, N.J. — You can talk to Seattle’s Percy Harvin about X-rays, about x-routes, about ex-Vikings — you can talk to him about anything x-related except x-factors.
He’s about fed up with that noise.
“I’ve been hearing all this x-factor talk,” he said Tuesday during the Seahawks’ portion of Super Bowl media day. “This is not my first rodeo. I have played a lot of great ball and I have kind of been known for it.”
True enough. In four seasons with the Vikings, Harvin amassed 3,302 yards receiving, 683 rushing and 3,183 in returns. But he’s only played one part of one game since being traded to Seattle, missing the regular season with a hip injury and then getting concussed against the Saints in the divisional playoff game.
So, to the Broncos at least, Harvin is indeed an x-factor.
“Not sure what to expect,” Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. “One thing I do know is they will use him. He’s too good of a player for them not to, so we’ll be prepared for whatever they throw at us.”
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie put it this way:
“Even though he’s going through injuries, you can’t let that fool you. It’s hard to prepare for him because you don’t have much film on him. You have to go back and look at what he did before.”
Harvin has been fully cleared from the concussion and coach Pete Carroll said he was definitely in the game plan for Sunday. It would be hard to come up with a better way to salvage what had been a lost season.
“It would be a dream come true,” Harvin said. “But as far as the injuries and the back and forth, I’m not really looking at that. We made it to the Super Bowl and I am part of this team. I am like everybody else, just gearing up to play the game the way I know how.”
A silent beast
There was speculation that Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch would skip Media Day, even though it would cost him a $100,000 fine. Lynch has been fined before for ignoring NFL rules about being accessible to the media.
He showed up Tuesday, but answered questions for just six and a half minutes of the required 30-minute session.
Here’s a snippet of the conversation:
Question: Are you having the time of your life this week?
Question: Why are these interviews uncomfortable for you?
Lynch: “I think you’re just taking it wrong. (It) don’t make me uncomfortable.”
Question: Do you enjoy the media attention?
Lynch: “Nope. I’m just about action. You say ‘hut’ and there’s action. All the unnecessary talk, it don’t do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?”
Question: Do you understand that media attention helps connect you to the fans?
Lynch: “I understand that. My fans love me regardless. They love the Seahawks. They aren’t worried about what I’ve got to say.
“They just want to make sure I show up to perform.”
He did get more effusive, though, when he was asked about the first time he ever thought about playing in the Super Bowl.
“It was probably the first time I told my momma I was going to play in the NFL,” he said. “I was young, probably Pop Warner (age) playing for the Saints. It was right there in West Oakland. Right there at Raimondi Park, about to bounce out.
“I told her that. She remembered though. She reminded me of it, too.”
Rodgers-Cromartie is 27 and in the prime of his career. So it was a little astounding when a story broke last week that he would consider retiring after the Super Bowl.
He set the record straight on Tuesday.
“They misunderstood what I was saying,” he said. “What I was saying is that I got a one-year contract. There are many times that I’ve seen a guy get a one-year deal, and it doesn’t pan out and that’s it. So you have to think about life after football. That motivates you to go out and play hard.
“I’m not thinking about retiring in terms of giving up.”
He said he didn’t want to end up like former first-round bust Fabian Washington.
“I think about Fabian Washington who is from Bradenton (Fla.), just like I am,” he said. “First round, one contract, got a one-year deal, never came back. I work out with him, he’s still fast, still in his prime and I think, ‘That could be me.’ I think about guys like that. That’s what I mean about this being the last go-round.”
Washington was the 23rd overall pick by the Raiders in 2005. He lasted three years with the Raiders and three with the Ravens before signing a one-year deal with the Saints in 2011 and being released.
It was estimated that some 7,000 fans paid $28.50 to watch players being interviewed during media day. That earned the NFL nearly $199,500.
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