Harrison remains elusive

February 25, 2009
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marvinMarvin Harrison’s exit from Indianapolis was as elusive as his moves on the field. He slid out of town after meeting with Indianapolis Colts ownership without ever being seen. Colts fans are left to wonder if the introverted wide receiver will ever return—even at the invitation of team owner Jim Irsay.

In announcing Harrison’s release from the team yesterday, Irsay rightfully made a big production about his plans to enshrine the all-pro wide receiver in the team’s Ring of Honor one day. Irsay wants to give Colts fans the opportunity to show their appreciation for marvelous Marvin—and presumably vice versa. But you really have to wonder if Harrison would accept that invitation. After all, this is a man who once told a Washington Post reporter he’d rather play in an empty stadium. He said he never wanted to be in the spotlight for any reason.

Harrison chose a strange profession to accommodate that desire. But maybe, with his break-neck speed and lightning moves, his profession chose him. In any event, it’s difficult to imagine him coming back to be singled out by a roaring crowd. And what would the man who never spoke to reporters, rarely, if ever, acknowledged fans and barely spoke to his own offensive coordinator, say to the crowd.

Two words would probably be enough for the Hoosier throngs who mostly adored his quiet, workman-like nature. But you really have to wonder if the reclusive No. 88 will stop by even long enough to say “thank you,” to his fans these last 13 years.

So, here’s what Colts fans are left with: 190 games played, 1,102 receptions and 14,580 yards—with a horseshoe emblem on his helmet. And little else.

Then there’s this. Harrison is well on his way to earning a master’s degree in consumer affairs at Syracuse. He has confided to his family and friends in Philadelphia that he has plans after his playing days are done—to do something truly marvelous. He wants to become a school teacher.
  • So, here’s what Colts fans are left with: 190 games played, 1,102 receptions and 14,580 yards—with a horseshoe emblem on his helmet. And little else.

    How about a Super Bowl title? I don't think that's little. And let's not forget the memories of his great play.

    Speaking of that Super Bowl, he had no problem appearing before the fans in the celebration at the Dome upon returning home, although he was a bit shy about speaking. So, maybe he has no problem appearing in front of the fans. Maybe it's the media he doesn't like.
  • Who cares at all??? Get over it! Enough with the stupid press conferences and farewells. What a team player-would not take a pay cut to help the team? Who else is going to pay him that kind of money? Bunch of overgrown, overpaid kids and the media feels like we have to cover the announcement live because with Marvin gone the city is about to fall apart. Focus people, focus on what's important.
    Who lost sleep because he left, anyone?
  • Maybe after a few years away from the limelight spent in small classrooms will change his perspective. I'd predict that he would attend a function if it is done several years from now. If not, that's his right and his business, as Eric says.
  • He's getting old and is very small. It's time to let him go.
  • Here's something to think about. All this hand ringing over the CIB revenue shortfall/debt. We've got city and state lawmakers running all over hell's half acre trying to figure out which taxes to raise to cover the expenses of the Colts and Pacers venues. And you've got the specter of every central Indiana working man and women's taxes going up to cover this shortfall-during a less than rosy economy. And you've got Marvin Harrison's salary. Last year, it alone could have covered one-fourth of this shortfall. Yikes!
  • The press coverage of this non event supports how we live in a world where pro athletes are expected by their public to also be sports personalities; accessible, promotable and fan friendly. That Marvin Harrison chose to deliver an exceptional athletic performance without interaction with fans or the press doesn't tarnish his accomplishments on the field. Marvin lived up to his contract and is moving on to maximize his income - the same thing that happens in the business world every day.
  • SteveR:

    You omitted one thing - in the GREED BASED business world every day.(Me first, and the heck with everyone else). And that, my friend, is why we're in the mess we're in right now.

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