20 Questions With Marvin Harrison

Colts WR Marvin Harrison rarely does interviews anymore. But on Media Day in Miami, he answered plenty of questions, including twenty that are included in this transcript for our Scout.com subscribers. Find out how long he thinks he can still play, his thoughts on the Bears and much more...

(on how it feels to be a part of all the Super Bowl festivities)
"I think it's a great atmosphere. Obviously I'm happy to be here, and I look forward to enjoying every moment of it. Very few teams get to come out here and do this, so I'm definitely looking forward to this. I'm happy to be here."

(on how he is handling the media)
 "I don't mind doing interviews, especially when there's something good to talk about. I think this week is definitely worth the while to talk about. I don't have any problems doing interviews."

(on the Bears' defense)
"The Bears definitely have one of the best defenses in the entire league. As a team, we're going to go out and prepare like we have each and every week. We look forward to going out there for the challenge. We know it's not going to be easy, but over the past couple weeks we've been practicing extremely hard knowing that we have a big challenge ahead of us. As a player, you have to go out and try to play hard each and every week no matter who you are playing and where you're playing. With that in mind, I just try to go out and give 100-percent every time."

(on what it would mean to win a Super Bowl) 
"It's definitely something that I've always wanted to accomplish in my career. Going out and winning football games is always something I've wanted to do and when I first came here to Indianapolis 11 years ago, I've wanted to get to the Super Bowl and win it. That's what we have the opportunity to do right now, and there's no better time to do it."

(on staying healthy during the course of his career)
"I don't know how I've lasted so long. I guess I've done a great job with my training throughout the course of my career. I look forward to playing a lot longer than I currently have. I've never had a thought that crossed my mind about when I am going to finish playing, but I definitely have a lot of years left in me to play and hopefully I can get what I came to play for."

(on what makes this team different than previous Colts teams)
"You never know what's going to happen during the course of the year. You just want to take it one game at a time, one week at a time. I think that's more important than anything else we did this year, was to take each and every week one step at a time. We always want to get the best advantage headed into the postseason. We went the long route to get there, but we did everything we had to do to get to this point. It wasn't easy, but we're here."

(on what got them over the hump this year)
 "I just think overall, we knew that we could get to this point. It was just a matter of how we are going to do it and the corrections we made to get to this point. We've been growing and maturing each and
every year and we had a lot of different players play big for us and our defense played really well and a lot of key players on
offense played really well. It took a team effort to get to where we are and I think that's more important than anything."

Colts WR Marvin Harrison takes a break during Media Day in Miami (Getty Images/Doug Benc)
(on whether last year's disappointment made them hungrier this season)
"I don't think it made us more hungry. Like I said, we know why we didn't get here last year and we went out and corrected those things we needed to correct in order to get here. This year, we didn't care what it was going to take to get to this point. We've played a lot of good defenses to get to this point, but overall we have decided that we're good enough to beat anyone and I think that's what helped us get to this point."

(on whether teams defend him differently during the playoffs) 
"I think during the playoffs, teams defend me pretty much the same as they do throughout the course of the year. Being that it's one-and-done [in the playoffs], they're not going to let me go out there and have big games and big plays all year long. Throughout the course of the playoffs, we are just taking what the defense is giving us and going out and putting up points on the board."

(on his production in the postseason)
"If I get first downs and move the ball, that's all that matters. Like I said, teams don't want us to get big plays, so we are going to do whatever it takes to put points on the board. Our defense has done a good job of going out there and holding up their end of the bargain. As a whole, we're going to take what the defense gives us."

(on how it feels to reach the Super Bowl)
"Getting to the Super Bowl is not something that I planned on this year, it's something that I came to Indianapolis with on day one when they drafted me with their first round pick. I've just always wanted to reward the city and the owner and my teammates for the opportunity to come here and be a part of an elite team. I think at this point, that's what the payoff is for me after 11 seasons, is to be able to be out here and play in one of the biggest games ever." 

(on whether he is happy for Peyton to finally make it to the Super Bowl)
"Not only just Peyton, but the whole city of Indianapolis. We represent this entire city and I think we're doing a great job of it. I'm just happy we're here. It took us a long time to get to this point and we're all happy and excited to be at this point." 

(on the importance of winning the Super Bowl over just making it there) 
"I've always said throughout the whole course of  the week, when everyone says ‘congratulations,' that we're happy to be here but this is not our final chapter. It's not what we set out to accomplish this year—to get to the Super Bowl. The main thing is to go out there and win a Super Bowl. That's more of a congratulations than anything, as opposed to just getting to the Super Bowl." 

(on who has influenced him the most throughout his career)
"My family [has influenced me] more than anything else. They've been along on the ride with me for my entire career so it's good to reward them with some of the things that have come with myself and the team." 

(on the communication between Peyton Manning and himself during the game)
 "Throughout the course of the week, Peyton and I will talk a lot about the game plan and what we need to get done. During the game, Peyton and I may talk on the field, but off the field we don't talk as much as we have in the past. Jim Sorgi kind of plays the middle man. I always ask Sorgi what defense they are playing or what I can do to get open on another route. We sort of use the backup quarterback as a role to communicate between the other two." 

(on the advantage of using Jim Sorgi as a communicating middle-man during the game)
"Jim Sorgi can see what's happening on the field from the sideline better than Peyton or I can see during the game. He sees all the pictures and when we come off, he knows how all the defenses." 

(on whether he thinks about his personal achievements)
"It's hard to not think about it when people start talking about it. You have to look at it. But I have a lot of years left to play and when the time comes I'll sit back and think about all the things I've accomplished." 

(on what he wants to be known for)
"I don't need to be more famous. At the end of the day, I just want my teammates to know that I was a great player that did a lot to help us win football games. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to do what a lot of other receivers haven't, which is winning the Super Bowl. It's going to mean a lot to a lot of people in a lot of different ways." 

(on what has made him successful over the years)
"I guess it's just my competitiveness more than anything—just to go out and try to be the best you can be each and every week. Regardless of how many catches and yards I have, I just try to look to see what I can improve on." 

(on head coach Tony Dungy)
"Coach has influenced me a great deal. I just go out there and want to work hard for him. He's a great coach, a great person, and he doesn't have to go out and yell and scream and holler to get what he wants to get across. You want to go out there and work hard for him. We've had a relationship like none other. We don't see much of each other, but when we do talk, it's about football and business. I always wanted to get to this point, not only for myself and for this city, but also for him to be at this point in his career and have the opportunity to go out and win the Super Bowl."


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