Four days away from the big game, and the two teams have gone through the circus otherwise known as “media day.” The big news from Tuesday seemed to be the lengthy interview that was given by normally silent Colts wide out Marvin Harrison. Marvin spent an hour at the podium on Tuesday, and actually was more open about a lot of this feelings than at any other point in his career. He stated that passing Jerry Rice’s records were “not important to me.”
Marvin also explained how he does not like to celebrate after his touchdowns, which to date number 122. “Everyone has their style of play and their style of celebration,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s hurt me any. I’d definitely like to know, who’s won more games between me and the receivers who do the antics and tactics and things? I’d definitely like to know that. I know I have more catches than them.”
He did celebrate once this season, that being after a TD catch against the Pats. His big celebration was spiking the ball, and it came up and hit one of the Pats players. “It wasn’t taunting,” he said, “the ball hit one of their guys by accident. I’m not out there to embarrass anyone or harm anyone. My teammates love it. But I don’t have much of that left. Only on special occasions.”
Harrison is one player that is going to have to have a good game vs the Bears in order for the Colts to win. He can stretch a defense and make the tough catches. He truly is the go-to guy for Peyton Manning when things get tough, and he and Manning have a relationship much like Rice did with Joe Montana and then Steve Young. Despite his quiet demeanor, he actually is one of the nice guys in the game, he just does not do interviews or brag about himself all that much. I personally would take 1 Harrison over 10 Terrell Owens’ anyday of the week.
You can bet that with the Bears coming after Manning on Sunday that Harrison will be looked at early and often. He had 95 catches this past season for 1366 yards and 12 TD’s. He had six games over 100 yards, and in eight games caught at least seven passes. If the Colts are going to win, you can bet that the quiet off the field Marvin is going to make some noise on the field with a big play or at least a few big catches to help out the Colts offense when they need it.