Seahawks notebook: Percy Harvin is ready to play

Staff writerJanuary 28, 2014 

Situated at podium 17, the last of the official designations, Percy Harvin talked Tuesday. A lot.

Harvin was an attraction at the start of Super Bowl media day, and one of the last Seahawks players to escape his chair when security began to clear players out at the end.

One thing that caught Harvin’s attention was a question from the “P60 Super Kid” who won a contest to be there and addressed Harvin as “Mr. Harvin.” The Super Kid wanted advice on how to handle being on the field pregrame Sunday.

Beyond the Super Kid, the questions for Harvin were standard: How frustrating was the year? Are you an X-factor for the game? Are you worried about the cold weather?

Very. I don't know. No.

Harvin is five days away from what will be just his third game of the year. He’s played six quarters total. Despite that, he doesn’t feel an excellent Super Bowl performance is necessary to salvage his season.

“It definitely would be a dream come true,” Harvin said. “I’m not really looking at all that. I’m looking at it as we made it to the Super Bowl and I’m part of this team. I’m gearing up to play a game. I’m not really worried about the past games that I missed or the time I missed. I’m here now. I’m healthy and I’m ready to go.”

Harvin practiced last week and so far this week after missing the NFC Championship Game because of a concussion. He was smashed into twice during the first half of the divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. Those blows kept him from passing the Seahawks’ concussion protocol in time for the conference title game against the San Francisco 49ers.

August hip surgery had kept him out earlier in the season. He played in Week 11 against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, then had to be shut down following that game.

At this point, he’s just desperate and ready to play.

“I just want to be a normal guy on a team that has a lot of great weapons led by a great quarterback and great coach,” Harvin said.

TWO OF A KIND

There’s Brandon Mebane. There’s Red Bryant.

There’s Red Bryant. There’s Brandon Mebane.

Since 2008, when the Seahawks drafted Bryant to play defensive tackle before moving him to end, he and nose tackle Mebane have been attached. Their lockers are next to each other. They typically walk into the locker room together, then out together. When they hit the recliners in the locker room, they sit next to each other.

They were at adjacent podiums during Media Day. Bryant’s Texas drawl booming out of the speaker attached to his microphone and Mebane’s quieter, but equally deep voice coming from his.

Mebane has graciously turned down media interviews through much of the year. Recently asked to chat with a reporter, he broke into what has become a standard response. He sang, “I’m just nobody …”

Each is amusing when they do talk. Bryant was flabbergasted when informed running back Marshawn Lynch spoke to the media for about seven minutes on Tuesday. He then learned defensive end Chris Clemons also did interviews. He found both scenarios wildly amusing.

“You know it’s real when Clem talks!” Bryant said before dispatching a rumbling laugh.

Despite their friendship, Mebane has put in a time-sensitive request of Bryant.

“Red actually has clothes at my house in what’s going to be my daughter’s room,” Mebane said. “He has his jerseys in my daughter’s closet. I told him he needs to get the stuff out of there before she comes (in) April.”

EXTRA POINTS

Boston native Breno Giacomini is back near home. He was asked what Massachusetts people think of New Jersey. “They don’t like the Yankees,” Giacomini said. … Strong safety Kam Chancellor on if the Seahawks’ secondary could go down as the best in history: “I think it could. I think this secondary could go down, but we just have to prove it. We still have a lot more to go, still have to prove it.” …Tuesday was the coldest day this week in New Jersey, with the high temperature around 16 degrees. The Super Bowl is expected to be much warmer, in the high 30s at kickoff, making weather a likely non-factor.

Todd Dybas
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