However, Harvin struggled with migraines that season, and he would subsequently miss time with shoulder, ankle and rib injuries. In all, the Virginia Beach-area native played in just 73 of a possible 112 regular season games over seven seasons spent with four teams, including the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets.
Seattle gave up first-, third- and seventh-round picks in 2013 to get Harvin from Minnesota, where he had clashed with head coaches Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier. However, Harvin was rarely able to make the impact on the field his explosive ability promised, and he was reported to have gotten into physical altercations with fellow wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate.
In 2014, Harvin was traded midseason to the Jets, but the team let him go after that season following another trade for a wide receiver, one that brought Brandon Marshall to New York. Harvin followed ex-Jets head coach Rex Reed to Buffalo, but after accumulating 19 receptions for 218 yards and a score over the first four games of the 2015 season, he was knocked out of the fifth game with an aggravation of a hip injury and never returned to the field.
Harvin’s best season came in 2011, when he posted 1,312 yards from scrimmage (967 receiving, 345 rushing) and eight touchdowns for the Vikings. His career highlight could well be the second-half kickoff he returned for a score as his Seahawks trounced the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII.