Marvin Harrison, How Can You Sleep at Night?

G DAnalyst IIIJanuary 15, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 13:  Marvin Harrison #88 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the San Diego Chargers during their AFC Divisional Playoff game at the RCA Dome on January 13, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Marvin Harrison is one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history.

He is one of the few athletes who remained with the same team throughout his entire career.

Harrison showed promise when he was drafted 19th overall in 1996 by the Indianapolis Colts. Harrison went on to record 1,102 career receptions along with nearly 15,000 receiving yards. To go along with Harrison's great career, he posted an NFL record 143 receptions in the 2003 season.

Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning have connected more times than any duo in NFL history, with 953 receptions and 112 touchdowns.

Truly one of the greatest of all-time, Harrison recorded eight straight 1,000-yard seasons. In those eight seasons, Harrison's lowest touchdown total was 10.

Harrison seemed to do everything right. He was the model athlete. Never spoke out, never complained. He did his job, and he did it well.

Marvin wasn't a Terrell Owens. Not even close. Marvin Harrison was one of the most respected players in the history of NFL, by both the players and the fans.

But, somehow, someway, Marvin proved he wasn't that class act, quiet, model athlete that we all thought he was.

Whether he admits it or not, it doesn't matter. Harrison took away the life of Dwight Dixon, an African American who did nothing wrong.

Dixon's life was taken on Jul. 21st, 2009. Dixon was waiting in his vehicle outside of a sports bar before he was approached by a man in a hooded sweatshirt that would eventually take his life. He was shot in the chest and the arm.

But why did this all happen?

Dwight Dixon was a victim of a shooting that took place outside Harrison's self-owned car wash. Dixon reported that Harrison held two guns in his hands as he began shooting at him. When Dixon was asked how many shots were fired by Harrison, he responded with, "I don't know, too many to count."

Dixon and his attorney went on attempts to sue Harrison, but were shutdown by Philadelphia district attorneys.

The attorneys confirmed that the guns were indeed Harrison's, but they had no proof of Harrison actually shooting them.

Harrison stated, "I hadn't used the gun in over a year, they have been locked in my safe."

Really, Marvin?

If the gun was proven to be yours, then weren't you the one to use it?

If your gun was locked away for over a year, how was it used in a shooting outside of your own car wash?

We know you weren't the one to actually take Dixon's life, but you were a part of it. You know who did.

You took the life of an individual who did nothing wrong. You took away many opportunities from a young man who will now never have the chance of taking in another breath of air.

But why?

Because you were in the NFL? Because your name is Marvin Harrison? Because you could get away with it?

You paid some street thug to murder Dwight Dixon.

Marvin Harrison should no longer be looked at as one of the greatest NFL receivers of all time. Instead, he should been seen for what he really is: a murderer.

Who do you think you are?

You deserve to be locked up. You are the perfect example of a disgrace to the NFL. Much like Tiger Woods, you have ruined your reputation.

How can you sleep at night, Marvin Harrison?