Famous Migraineurs: Percy Harvin

by Nancy Harris Bonk

Migraines have had a strong impact on the career of Percy Harvin, a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. His Migraines have caused him to miss games and practices and even to be taken off the field in an ambulance.

William Percival Harvin III was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on May 28, 1988, and grew up with his mom and sister. Harvin's mother had a daycare center in their home, and he liked to help out as much as he could with the children. He played Pop Warner football as a youngster, and led one his teams to win the Pop Warner National Championship in 2001.

Harvin played high school football at Landstown High School and began to make a name for himself when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. Harvin's football team won the state championship during his junior year, with a perfect record, 14-0. During this championship game, he had an amazing 476 all purpose yards and five touchdowns. His high school football career soon garnered the attention of college football scouts.

Harvin went on to play football for the University of Florida Gators, staying for three seasons. As a freshman Gator, he seemed to be either hot or cold on the field. Harvin suffered a neck sprain during his freshman year, but went on to win the MVP at the SEC Championship game and South Eastern Conference (SEC) College Freshman of the year.

During his sophomore year, he continued on a winning streak by becoming the school's first receiver to have over 1,000 yards in rushing and receiving. Harvin's payoff was All-SEC first team all-purpose honors and second team honors as a receiver, not easy an easy accomplishment. He was a contender for the Heisman Trophy in 2008.

His junior year was a struggle physically due to an ankle sprain and hairline fracture in his lower leg. In spite of these injuries, he managed to have an awesome year by breaking school records and is the only UF player ever to rush for 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. In 2009, Harvin decided to participate in the 2009 NFL draft, forgoing the rest of his college education. 

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