Percy Harvin Was the Key To Favre's Success in Minnesota

Dan AdamsCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 01: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates with teammate Percy Harvin #12 after a 51 yard touchdown pass during the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 1, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Onlookers may see that Percy Harvin's migraine headaches are just another injury to a role-player on an NFL playoff team.

If you live in Minnesota, however, and have witnessed his effect in the locker room throughout this season, you would realize just how crucial his presence is to a Vikings victory in New Orleans on Sunday.

Most NFL fans have probably seen Brett Favre's "Pants On the Ground" rant following the victory over the Cowboys. But, most people didn't hear what he said first before his horrible attempt.

He said, "I told Percy I'd do this..." It may seem pretty trivial that Favre's relationship with his rookie-of-the-year receiver could mean everything to their success, but him being on the field, in the locker room, and in the huddle has been more important to the their success than can be explained by an injury-report.

Percy Harvin was named the Offensive Rookie-of-the-Year in the 2009-10 NFL season. A lot of people ,ay say that he should thank Brett Favre for his great season.

Not many would look at it this way.

Brett Favre left the New York Jets on very bad terms. He was never accepted in the locker room and following the 2008-09 NFL season, New York Jets running back, Thomas Jones publicly bashed Favre for costing their team a chance at the Super Bowl.

After an 8-3 start, Favre and the Jets fell apart and missed the playoffs. It later came out that Favre was injured and though the coaching staff knew of his injury, they continued to pass at an extremely high rate.

It was pretty obvious after Jones' made his comments on a radio show, that Favre was not welcome in the locker room. He made it seem like Favre wanted no part of the "team" and was a complete flake as a teammate.

The Jets released Favre early in the offseason after firing head coach, Eric Mangini. The whole saga that led Brett Favre to Minnesota began immediately following his departure from New York. Brad Childress and Darrell Bevell were in constant contact with quarterback throughout the offseason and were well aware of his intentions.

Percy Harvin became a Minnesota Viking in late-April, while Favre became a Viking in late-August, neither knew just how much their relationship would blossom into one of the most lethal combinations in football.

Early in the season, the Favre-effect in Minnesota had not really been accepted by longtime Vikings fans. Many were still a little wary about their perennial foe wearing down and costing them in the long run.

Following the fantastic throw to beat the 49ers in the Metrodome, Vikings fans and the NFL began believing in the 40-year-old quarterback. There was still skepticism about sustainability, but Favre has since silenced just about every critic (except the egotistical Pete Prisco of CBS Sports.)

I knew early in the season that this year was going to be one great memory as a Viking fan.

It was a simple incompletion over-the-middle to Percy Harvin that led me to believe in the Vikings this season. I have watched Brett Favre throw thousands of passes in his career. At the time, I had seen him throw under a hundred as a Viking.

On the play, Brett Favre led Percy Harvin right into the teeth of the defense and he got smacked by a defender. I don't remember the game, the time, the team, or what happened after that, but I do remember that Favre ran as fast as he could down the field to check on his receiver who was getting up off the turf.

I'm pretty sure he got their so fast, he helped Harvin onto his feet.

I had seen him throw balls into places where receivers would get leveled many times over the past decade or so, but I had never seen him react like he did. At that point, I finally knew he cared about this team.

This man has been criticized by the media and fans for his antics over retirement just about every offseason and has lost a lot of respect throughout his fanbase and the sports nation. I plead you all to rethink your thoughts about Favre.

He is very smart. If you look a little closer you would realize his comments are very well thought out and he is a master-manipulator of the media. None of that truly matters to him.

He has one goal in mind—his personal accomplishments.

Selfish, maybe? But, he wants to win another Super Bowl. He wants to prove to Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers that they made a mistake moving on without him; they should have known to wait for his decision.

People have more than just football going on in their lives and Favre and his family have proved professional football players are not exempt to the same everyday problems people across this world face each day.

Drugs, death, cancer, and I'm sure more than just that are public matters of the Favre family. It's part of the life style a successful player in the NFL expects and realizes when they get into the business, but it is not right of people to judge him without knowing the facts.

You can tell their is a mutual goal in the locker room of the Minnesota Vikings. No matter what players throughout the various leagues in this country say, personal goals also mean something.

A second Super Bowl for Brett Favre would mean everything to him. 37 touchdowns and only seven interceptions mean something to him. Two victories over Green Bay this season mean something to him. His relationships with Percy Harvin and Jared Allen are obvious and mean something to him.

Guys don't just slap butts and sing songs with people that don't matter to them.

Their affects on one another in the locker room are indisputable at this point in the season. Percy Harvin would look like the least likely of candidates to be one of Favre's best friends in the locker room, but after I saw Favre truck down the field like a freight train, I knew there was that continuity that successful teams need.

You can call it a form of love, but it's more about caring for one another and a mutual respect for everyone to succeed.

I'm sure Favre wants Harvin to be the most successful receiver he can be in the NFL, and Harvin knows their is no one better player to get advice from than the future hall-of-famer.

Percy Harvin will likely play on Sunday now that he has made the trip to New Orleans. He will likely be an important piece to the Vikings gameplan against the Saints, but most importantly, Favre, Harvin, and the rest of the Minnesota Vikings define the word team and it will show against the Saints.