Marvin Harrison

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Marvin Harrison
Marvin Harrison in 2007 Training Camp 2.jpg
Marvin Harrison at the Colts 2007 Training Camp.
No. 88
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-08-25) August 25, 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Debuted in 1996 for the Indianapolis Colts
Last played in 2008 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 1,102
Receiving yards 14,580
Receiving TDs 128
Stats at NFL.com

Marvin Daniel Harrison (born August 25, 1972) is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Syracuse. He spent his 13 years with the Colts, most of them with Peyton Manning, and is widely considered as one of the greatest and most productive wide receivers in NFL history.[1]

Harrison was a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist for the class of 2014.[2]

College career[edit]

Harrison was a three-year starter at Syracuse University, playing with Donovan McNabb in his final year. Harrison set a school record with 2,718 career receiving yards and ranked second in school history with 20 receiving touchdowns to Rob Moore. Harrison graduated with a degree in retailing.[3]

Collegiate statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS Rec Yards AVG TD
1992 SYR 10 0 2 13 6.5 0
1993 SYR 11 9 41 813 19.8 7
1994 SYR 10 10 36 761 21.1 5
1995 SYR 11 11 56 1,131 20.2 8
Tot. 42 30 135 2,718 20.1 20

Professional career[edit]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Harrison was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 19th selection in the 1996 NFL Draft, a selection which was obtained in a trade that sent Jeff George to the Atlanta Falcons. Harrison went on to become one of the most productive receiver from that draft class, which included Keyshawn Johnson, Eric Moulds, Bobby Engram, Muhsin Muhammad, Eddie Kennison, Terry Glenn, Amani Toomer, Joe Horn, and Terrell Owens among others.

In 2002 Harrison broke Herman Moore's single season receptions record by 20 receptions. He finished with 143 catches, and he also had over 1,700 yards receiving. In December, 2006 Harrison became just the fourth player in NFL history to record 1000 receptions, joining Jerry Rice (1549), Cris Carter (1101), and Tim Brown (1094). He is also one of only seven wide receivers in NFL history to reach 100 touchdowns.

During a 2007 game against the Denver Broncos, Harrison injured his knee while attempting a block and was lost for the season, making only a small appearance in their lone playoff game that season. It marked only the second time Harrison had missed regular season action due to injuries and the first since 1998.

On December 14, 2008 in a game against the Detroit Lions, Harrison caught his 1,095th career reception, passing Tim Brown for third all time. He passed Cris Carter to become second on the all-time NFL reception record list with 1,102 receptions during a 23–0 Colts victory over the Tennessee Titans on December 28, 2008.

Following the 2008 NFL season, Harrison asked for and was granted his release by the Colts.[4] After sitting out the entire 2009 season, Harrison quietly retired from the NFL.[5]

Harrison was inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor during the week 12 game against the Carolina Panthers on November 27, 2011.[6]

Professional statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS Rec Yards AVG LG TD
1996 IND 16 15 64 836 13.1 41 8
1997 IND 16 15 73 866 11.9 56 6
1998 IND 12 12 59 776 13.2 61T 7
1999 IND 16 16 115 1,663 14.5 57T 12
2000 IND 16 16 102 1,413 13.9 78T 14
2001 IND 16 16 109 1,524 14.0 68 15
2002 IND 16 16 143 1,722 12.0 69 11
2003 IND 15 15 94 1,272 13.5 79T 10
2004 IND 16 16 86 1,113 12.9 59 15
2005 IND 15 15 82 1,146 14.0 80T 12
2006 IND 16 16 95 1,366 14.4 68T 12
2007 IND 5 5 20 247 12.4 42 1
2008 IND 15 15 60 636 10.6 67T 5
Tot. 190 188 1,102 14,580 13.2 80 128

NFL records[edit]

  • Averaged 84.77 receptions per season, which is second to the all time record held by Sterling Sharpe who averaged 85 receptions per season. He had previously been averaging 93 per season until 2007, where he missed the majority of games with a knee injury, resulting in a 20 reception season.
  • 4th most touchdown receptions in a decade (95) 2000–2009
  • 3rd most receiving yards per game throughout a career (76.7 yds/game)
  • 2nd most receiving yards in a decade (10,439) 2000–2009
  • Holds the NFL record for receptions in a single season with 143, set in 2002.
  • Most receptions in a 2 season period (252), 2001–2002; 3 season period (354), 2000–2002; 4 season period (469), 1999–2002; 5 season period (563), 1999–2003; 6 season period (649), 1999–2004; 7 season period (731), 1999–2005; 8 season period (826), 1999–2006; 9 season period (885), 1998–2006; 10 season period (958), 1997–2006; 11 season period (1,022), 1996–2006.
  • Most receiving yards in a 4 season period (6,322), 1999–2002; 5 season period (7,594), 1999–2003.
  • Most games in a career with at least 8 receptions (51), 9 receptions (32), 11 receptions (12), 12 receptions (8)
  • Most consecutive games with at least 6 receptions (16) and 9 receptions (6)
  • Most consecutive seasons with at least 5 touchdowns (11) – shared with Jerry Rice, Don Hutson, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Terrell Owens
  • Most consecutive seasons with at least 6 touchdowns (11) – shared with Terrell Owens, Jerry Rice, Don Hutson
  • Most consecutive seasons with at least 5 touchdown receptions (11) – shared with Jerry Rice, Don Hutson, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Terrell Owens
  • Most consecutive seasons with at least 6 touchdown receptions (11) – shared with Jerry Rice, Don Hutson
  • Most consecutive seasons with at least 10 touchdown receptions (8)
  • Most consecutive seasons with at least 11 touchdown receptions (4)-tied with Lance Alworth, Art Powell
  • Most consecutive seasons with at least 14 touchdown receptions (2)-tied with Jerry Rice
  • Consecutive seasons with 1,400+ receiving yards (4); 1999–2002
  • Consecutive seasons with 100+ receptions (4); 1999-2002
  • Consecutive seasons with 82+ receptions (8); 1999–2006.
  • Most games in a single season (2002) with at least 6 receptions (15), 7 receptions (12), 8 receptions (12), 9 receptions (10), 11 receptions (5).
  • Most games in a season with at least 13 receptions (2) in 1999 - tied with several players
  • 3rd most games in a single season with 10+ receptions (6). Wes Welker and Andre Johnson have 7.
  • Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning currently hold the record for most completions between a Wide Receiver and Quarterback with 953.
  • Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning currently hold the NFL record for passing touchdowns between a WR and QB with 112.
  • Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning currently hold the NFL record for passing yards between a WR and QB with 12,756.
  • Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning currently hold the NFL record for completions in a season between a WR and QB with 143, 2002
  • Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning held the NFL record for passing yards in a season between a WR and QB with 1,722, 2002 - broken by Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford in 2012
  • Harrison trails only Jerry Rice in 1,500 or more receiving yard seasons. He has 3 such seasons, Jerry Rice had 4.
  • First player to record 2 seasons of 1,600 yards receiving in NFL history, (1999 & 2002).(Torry Holt became the 2nd, (2000 & 2003)
  • First player to have 50+ receptions in his first 11 seasons in NFL history.(Torry Holt became the 2nd on December 27, 2009)
  • With 59 career 100-yard receiving games, Marvin Harrison ranks No. 3 all time behind Jerry Rice (76) and Randy Moss (64).
  • Second-fastest player to achieve 100 receiving touchdowns.
  • Consecutive seasons of 1,000+ all-purpose yards and 10+ touchdown receptions (8), 1999–2006.
  • On December 18, 2006, Marvin Harrison and Indianapolis Colt teammate Reggie Wayne became the only NFL wide receiver tandem to catch 75 receptions and 1,000 yards in 3 straight seasons. The game was on Monday Night and was played against the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • On November 17, 2002, made his 600th career reception against the Dallas Cowboys.
  • On October 12, 2003, made his 700th career reception against the Carolina Panthers. And is the fastest player to do so reaching the mark in 114 games.
  • On November 8, 2004, made his 800th career reception against the Minnesota Vikings. And is the fastest player to do so reaching the mark in 131 games.
  • On November 20, 2005, made his 900th career reception against the Cincinnati Bengals. And is the fastest player to do so reaching the mark in 149 career games.
  • On December 10, 2006, made his 1000th reception against the Jacksonville Jaguars. And is the fastest player to do so reaching the mark in just 167 career games.
  • On December 28, 2008, made his 1,100th career reception against the Tennessee Titans in his last regular season game and his last game in Indianapolis. He is the fastest player to do so reaching the mark in just 190 career games. Half way through the second quarter, he moved into second place for most receptions all time with 1,102, trailing only Jerry Rice.
  • Most receptions over 1st 7 seasons (665), 8 seasons (759), 9 seasons (845), 10 seasons (927), 11 seasons (1,022) and 13 seasons (1,102) seasons of career of any NFL receiver
  • Most consecutive games with a reception to start a career (190)
  • Most average receptions per game in a career (5.8) - 1996-2008
  • Most consecutive games with 8+ receiving yards (190), (206 if counting playoffs) – every game
  • Most consecutive games with a 6+ yard reception (190), (206 if counting playoffs) – every game
  • Most consecutive games with an 8+ yard reception (177), (192 if counting playoffs)
  • Marvin Harrison is in third place for the most consecutive games with a reception with 190 (206 counting playoffs), only behind Jerry Rice who had 274 and Tony Gonzalez who has 196 as of the end of the 2012 season.

Connections to shooting incidents[edit]

Harrison was sued by Dwight Dixon, a convicted drug dealer who was shot outside Chuckie's Garage, a North Philadelphia business owned by Harrison, on April 29, 2008.[7][8] The two men had two altercations earlier in the day when Harrison denied Dixon entry into a sports bar he owned and operated. Dixon alleged that Harrison was the gunman who shot at him. On January 6, 2009, Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham confirmed that it was Harrison's gun that fired shots at Dixon but they had been unable to determine who pulled the trigger.[9]

The Philadelphia District Attorney also stated that she was not going to pursue charges in this case due to conflicting witness statements. Dixon, who had initially given the police a false name and claimed he was robbed by two men when interviewed at the hospital,[10] was subsequently convicted of filing a false report for this incident on January 28, 2009. Dixon was sentenced to 6 months probation. Dixon's attorney reportedly sought a new trial as the conviction violated Dixon's parole in an unrelated case.[11] Harrison is also being sued by Robert Nixon, a victim caught in the crossfire of the shooting who identified Harrison as the shooter in a statement to police.[12]

Dixon died on July 21, 2009 when he was shot several times while in his car outside a building two blocks away from Harrison's sports bar. On June 16, 2010, Shaun Assael of ESPN The Magazine reports that police confiscated a 9mm handgun from Harrison during a routine traffic stop on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Police will test the gun to see if it matches three spent 9mm shell casings that ended up inside the truck driven by Dwight Dixon at the scene of an April 2008 shooting. Dixon, who eventually was shot and killed after filing a civil lawsuit, claimed that the casings came from a second gun that Harrison fired. Authorities already have matched other bullets to a separate gun that Harrison owns—and that he admitted was in his possession on the day the shooting occurred. Police found the gun during a search of Harrison's Escalade. The stop occurred as Harrison drove the vehicle the wrong way on a one-way street. Harrison claimed he did not have a gun. But police believed they saw Harrison put what appeared to be a weapon in the console between the two front seats. They concluded that they had probable cause to search the vehicle, and they found the gun.[13] Marvin was not charged or fined by anyone.

Another incident occurred in 2014, when Harrison narrowly escaped a Philadelphia shooting. [14][better source needed]

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