On Monday, the rookie wide receiver was named as an addition to the NFC Pro Bowl roster so he could serve as the return man. On Wednesday, Harvin was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. Harvin received 41 votes in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league.
That's not too bad considering Harvin fell to the 22nd pick in the draft because of questions about his character and ability to stay healthy. The final straw for many teams likely came when he reportedly failed his drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine last February.
But Harvin had no issues with the Vikings this season and overcame a shoulder injury and recurring migraine headaches to play in 15 of 16 regular-season games.
"I didn't go into the season trying to prove anybody wrong," Harvin said. "I just wanted to get in, learn as fast as I could and try to contribute to my team."
The multi-skilled Harvin finished the season second on the Vikings with 60 receptions for 790 yards and six touchdowns. He also finished fourth in the NFL in kickoff returns, averaging 27.5 yards on 42 returns with two touchdowns. Harvin's 60 catches tied the Colts' Austin Collie for most receptions by a rookie in the NFL this season and were the second most by a Vikings rookie all-time, falling short of Randy Moss' 69 in 1998.
Harvin played both wide receiver and running back at the University of Florida, and the Vikings took advantage of his skills out of the backfield. He rushed for 135 yards on 15 carries. Harvin's 2,081 combined yards broke the franchise mark established by running back Herschel Walker in 1990 (2,051 yards).
Harvin becomes the sixth Vikings player to capture the honor, joining Adrian Peterson (2007), Randy Moss (1998), Sammy White (1976), Chuck Foreman (1973) and Paul Flatley (1963).
"I'm excited for Percy," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "He's worked hard and learned how to be a good pro. He's had a lot of good teachers in the locker room but hats off to him. I know he'd be the first to say he appreciates all the hard work from his teammates to help him."