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Harvin had a fractured ankle

For 40 days, the Gators maintained that Percy Harvin suffered a sprained ankle in the Nov. 29 victory over Florida State.

Moments after gaining 171 yards and a touchdown in Florida’s 24-14 national championship win over Oklahoma, Harvin revealed that his injury was actually much worse.

“A lot of people thought it was a high ankle sprain, but I had a hairline fracture,” Harvin said. “Any time I got tackled, it would hurt the bone. But we had six weeks, so I knew I could give it a go.”

Harvin did more than “give it a go.” Though Tim Tebow was the game’s Most Outstanding Player, Harvin’s effort — including runs of 45 and 52 yards — with a hairline fracture was nothing short of legendary.

“I could run, but I couldn’t quite push off and get that gear I needed,” he said. “The question was, ‘Could I get tackled and be alright?’ And I answered it.”

Harvin also was nowhere near “90 percent” healthy, as he said all week.

“To be honest with you, he said he was 90 percent, I don’t think he was anywhere near that. He was probably 70-75 percent,” receiver David Nelson said.

“After practice yesterday he was limping around. That guy was hurting so bad, you could see it in his eyes. But he was not going to give up.”

Harvin told offensive coordinator Dan Mullen Wednesday night that he would be ready for 15 to 20 touches. He got 14, and made every one count.

“They can break my foot,” Harvin said, “as long as they give me a national championship.”

Permalink | Comments (14) | Post your comment | Categories: Ben Volin


By Stephen

January 9, 2009 10:06 AM | Link to this

Pound for pound #1 Percy Harvin is the toughest football player I’ve ever seen.

By GTRGrad

January 9, 2009 10:06 AM | Link to this

Percy deserves many thanks - he is as integral as Tim. That is to say if Tim were out for a game but we had Percy, I’d be as confident he could carry the Gators too.

By 561Cane

January 9, 2009 12:45 PM | Link to this

Congrats on your championship let’s do some math Canes=5, Gators=3, Noles=2= U do the math!

By 561Cane

January 9, 2009 12:47 PM | Link to this

Congrats on your championship let’s do some math Canes=5, Gators=3, Noles=2= U do the math!

By Math Major

January 9, 2009 1:27 PM | Link to this

Since you’re so good at math how about you post your comment ONE time. The past must be really comforting to you. Come to think of it that’s just what Miami is - History!

By Idiot Cane

January 9, 2009 2:55 PM | Link to this

Geez, my team sucks now so let let me talk about titles from 30 years ago! As a Cane fan, I should keep my mouth shut until my team can at least win one ACC Title, let alone a National Title in this modern era!

By Idiot Cane

January 9, 2009 2:56 PM | Link to this

Geez, my team sucks now so let let me talk about titles from 30 years ago! As a Cane fan, I should keep my mouth shut until my team can at least win one ACC Title, let alone a National Title in the modern era!

By canesrule 9 'ships

January 9, 2009 3:40 PM | Link to this

I am going to revise my name, from canesrule 9 ‘ships to canesrule 20 ‘ships, since according to the official website, that is how many we have in all sports. WOW! The elite little private University that could. But no I will not include the minor sports, including the Polo Championships from the 40s and 50s. Too snobby. 561 Cane is doing the math and properly representin Da U. Good work, remind these Gaturds who owns the State. Big commitment coming up tomorrow at noon on 790 the ticket AM. Hint: Ugly Nasty, may start at center for Da U next year and 4.0 grade average, the type of student athlete that Randy cherishes and respects, unlike those who fail classes and skip (Robert who?).

Its still all about Da U baaaby!!!

By avi

January 9, 2009 5:23 PM | Link to this

561Cane: Florida will win 6 NCs before you do at UM…take that to the bank. Just think it was 5-1 two years ago. You dont lose 13 games (you do the math) in two years and recover in less than 3-4 years. UM wont be back as long as Shannon is there. Shannon Knows nothing about coaching….I should kinow I went to UM.

By avi

January 9, 2009 5:25 PM | Link to this

Canesrule9: 13 loses in two years and you own the state? Ha ha.. Pretty soon you won’t even own the city FIU will… are too scared to play them on a annual basis

By JJ Jones

January 9, 2009 8:35 PM | Link to this

Miami = National program with NFL players.

Florida = Regional program with AAFL players.

Miami = Future NFL Hall of Famers Ed Reed, Andre Johnson and Ray Lewis.

Florida = Future AAFL Hall of Famers Chris Leak, Deshawn Wynn and Brandon Siler.

By SEC Overrated

January 10, 2009 5:45 AM | Link to this

Not a Florida fan and sick of the Tebow hype (just a good qb on a great team), but Harvin is nails. Great gutsy performance. Makes Nik Harris from OU look like even more of a dirt bag when he was trying to twist his ankle after that tackle. Congrats on the win.


January 10, 2009 10:28 AM | Link to this

I’m not sure how this article about Harvin turned into an opportunity UM fans to crawl out from under the trash cans they live in, but since they brought it up: your team got beat by Cal, in some pitiful bowl watched by dozens of people, in cold, wet, and miserable San Fran. The Gators won a National Championship on your home field. Be quiet until at least you are better than better than Wake Forest.

By frostygator in Pa

January 11, 2009 12:10 PM | Link to this

The gators won on sheer determination. They are a very close knit team and play the game that way-they play for one another. Like Tebow,Harvin is a leader-he does whatever is needed-he would have played with his leg amputated at the knee-if he were allowed to do so.

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