The Forgotten Hero: Marvin Harrison

Steven MerriamCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2009

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 03:  Wide receiver Marvin Harrison #88 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up prior to the AFC Wild Card Game against the San Diego Chargers on January 3, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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How is it that one of the best wide receivers in NFL history, Marvin Harrison, has gone through the whole 2009 NFL season and has not been signed to a team?

Harrison is currently a 37-year-old free agent, but still can play I believe.

Harrison was originally selected 19th in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Colts, who he would play for his whole career as of now.  As a member of the Colts, Harrison had some great years, along with then teammates Reggie Wayne and Peyton Manning.

Harrison was a starting wide receiver for the Colts for many years. Surprisingly, Harrison asked for his release from the Colts this offseason and the Colts decided to grant Harrison his release. The Colts were left with Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez, who has been frequently injured this season for the Colts.

Even though the Colts no longer have Harrison, they have had an amazing undefeated season so far.

Harrison has been a free agent all of this 2009 NFL season, even though many teams around the NFL could use an experienced, eight-time Pro Bowler at the wide receiver position.

What really surprises me is that the Steelers recently signed Joey Galloway, who is a year older than Harrison.

Though Galloway has played this season and Harrison has not, Harrison is a much better player.

How is it that Galloway is signed after only being a free agent for a few months, but Harrison has been a free agent the whole year?

Harrison is a eight-time Pro Bowler while Galloway has been an alternate four times.  Harrison also holds many NFL receiving records, while Galloway has never been.

I personally wonder if Harrison has played his last NFL game, even though I certainly hope he has not, but the signing of Galloway by the Steelers brings you the question: Why is Harrison still a free agent?

There is no correct answer to that question, it is still a mystery. Why is Harrison still a free agent? NFL fans, we may never know why such a prolific NFL star is still not playing.