Marvin Harrison

Wide Receiver

Marvin Harrison

13 Seasons
1,102 Career Receptions
8 Pro Bowls
6 All Pro Selections
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13

Seasons

1,102

Career Receptions

8

Pro Bowls

6

All Pro Selections
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"I know what type of player I am and what I can do on the football field. It's just a matter of getting the ball in my hands as I go downfield and see what I can do.”

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(Syracuse)...6'0'', 181...Colts’ first round pick (19th player overall) in 1996 … Three touchdowns in a game nine times … Remarkable string of eight straight years with 1,000-plus yards receiving, 10 or more TDs … Shattered NFL single-season reception record with 143 catches, 2002 … Eight Pro Bowls … All-Pro six times … NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s … Career numbers included 1,102 career receptions, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns ... Born August 25, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

BIO

Marvin Harrison Indianapolis Colts

"I know what type of player I am and what I can do on the football field. It's just a matter of getting the ball in my hands as I go downfield and see what I can do.”

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison was the 19th overall choice by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1996 NFL Draft. The Colts obtained the pick in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Jeff George, the number one overall pick in the 1990 draft. Harrison quickly became the number one weapon for the first overall pick in 1998, Peyton Manning. Over the next 13 seasons, Harrison registered staggering numbers as he sprinkled his name throughout the NFL’s record book.

The Syracuse grad exhibited his abilities in his first year when he earned All-Rookie honors and led the Colts in receptions (64), receiving yards (836) and total touchdowns (8). His best game that season occurred on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 15 when he pulled in six receptions for 106 yards and 3 TDs to earn the AFC Player of the Week Award. He matched that three-touchdown effort eight more times during his career.

Harrison had a breakout season in 1999 and established himself as one of the NFL’s elite receivers. Teamed with Manning, he racked up 115 receptions for a league-leading 1,663 yards and 12 TDs. The performance set off a remarkable string of eight straight years with 1,000 or more yards receiving and 10 or more touchdowns. It was also the first of four straight years with 100 or more receptions. His best NFL season may have been 2002 when he shattered the NFL single-season record for receptions (143) and had a career-high 1,722 yards and 11 TDs.

In 2004, Harrison tied his career-high for touchdowns in a season with 15 (he set the mark in 2001) on top of 86 catches for 1,113 yards. His effort was a major factor in the Colts’ march to Super Bowl XLI where the team defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17 in a rain-soaked matchup in South Florida.

A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s, Harrison retired following the 2008 season with 1,102 career receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. The eight-time Pro Bowler finished second to Jerry Rice in league annals in career receptions, most consecutive games with a reception (190) and most career 100-yards games (59). His yardage total ranked him fourth all-time and his career TDs (128) were ninth on the all-time list at the time of his retirement.

Harrison, who was a six-time All-Pro and an eight-time All-AFC selection, achieved most of his success with Manning as his quarterback. In 158 games together, the duo connected on 953 passes for 12,766 yards and 112 TDs, the most completions, yards and touchdowns by a tandem in NFL history.

STATS

Marvin Harrison's Stats

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg TD
1996 Indianapolis 16 64 836 13.1 8
1997 Indianapolis 16 73 866 11.9 6
1998 Indianapolis 12 59 776 13.2 7
1999 Indianapolis 16 115 1,663 14.5 12
2000 Indianapolis 16 102 1,413 13.9 14
2001 Indianapolis 16 109 1,524 14.0 15
2002 Indianapolis 16 143 1,722 12.0 11
2003 Indianapolis 15 94 1,272 13.5 10
2004 Indianapolis 16 86 1,113 12.9 15
2005 Indianapolis 15 82 1,146 14.0 12
2006 Indianapolis 16 95 1,366 14.4 12
2007 Indianapolis 5 20 247 12.4 1
2008 Indianapolis 15 60 636 10.6 5
Career Total 190 1102 14,580 13.2 128
Additional Statistics: Rushing: 10-28; Punt Returns: 20-189; Kickoff Returns: 1-3; Two-Point Conversions: 5



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Marvin Harrison's Championship Games

Championship Games

2003 AFC – New England Patriots 24, Indianapolis Colts 14
Harrison started at wide receiver. He had three receptions for 19 yards and one fumble.

2006 AFC Indianapolis Colts 38, New England Patriots 34
Harrison started at wide receiver. He had four receptions for 41 yards. He also caught one pass for a two-point conversion.


Super Bowls

Super Bowl XLIIndianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17
Harrison started at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 59 yards.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Marvin Harrison's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

All-Pro: 1999 (AP, PFWA, SN) • 2000 (PFWA, SN) • 2002 (AP, PFWA, SN) • 2003 (SN) • 2004 (SN) • 2006 (AP, PFWA, SN)

All-Pro Second Team: 2000 (AP) • 2001 (AP) • 2003 (AP) • 2004 (AP) • 2005 (AP)

All-AFC: 1999 (PW) • 2000 (PW) • 2001 (PW) • 2002 (PW) • 2003 (PW) • 2004 (PW) • 2005 (PW) • 2006 (PW)


Pro Bowls

(8) – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007*

 *Did not play


In The NFL Record Books

(at time of his retirement following 2008 season)

• [1st] Most Receptions, Season – 143 (2002)
• [2nd] Most Receptions, Career – 1,102
• [2nd] Most Consecutive Games with a Pass Reception – 190
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Games with 100 or More Yards Receiving, Career – 59
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Games with 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 10 (2002)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Two-Point Conversions, Career – 5
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Seasons, 50 or More Pass Receptions – 12 (1996-2006, 2008)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Seasons with 1000 or More Yards Receiving – 8 (1999-2006)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Games with 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 9 (1999)


Pro Bowl Records

• [Tied for 1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 5
• [Tied for 1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career – 5
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Points, Career – 30
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdowns, Game – 2 (2001)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game – 2 (2001)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Receptions, Game – 8 (2001)
• [3rd] Most Receptions, Career – 30
• [3rd] Most Receiving Yards, Career – 462


Team Records

Colts records held by Harrison
(Records through the 2008 season, Harrison’s final season with Indianapolis)

• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 128
• [1st] Most Seasons with 10 or more Touchdowns – 8 (1999-06)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Seasons with 10 or more Touchdowns – 8 (1999-06)
• [1st] Most Receptions, Career – 1,102
• [1st] Most Receptions, Season – 143 (2002)
• [1st] Most Receptions, Game – 14 (at Cleveland, Dec. 26, 1999; vs. Dallas, Nov. 17, 2002)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Games with a Reception – 190 (1996-2008)
• [1st] Most Games with a Reception – 190 (1996-2008)
• [1st] Most Games with 10 or More Receptions, Career – 16
• [1st] Most Games with 10 or More Receptions, Season – 6 (2002)
• [1st] Most Seasons Leading the Team in Receptions – 9 (1996-97, 1999-2004, 2006)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading the Team in Receptions – 6 (1999-2004)
• [1st] Most Seasons, 50 or More Pass Receptions – 12 (1996-2006, 2008)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Seasons, 50 or More Pass Receptions – 11 (1996-2006)
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 14,580
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Season – 1,722 (2002)
• [1st] Most Seasons Leading the Team in Receiving Yards – 9 (1996-97, 1999-2003, 2005-06)
• [1st] Most Games with 100 or More Yards Receiving, Career – 59
• [1st] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading the Team in Receiving Yards – 5 (1999-2003)
• [1st] Most Games with 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 10 (2002)
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career – 128
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season – 15 (2001, 2004)
• [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns by a Rookie, Game – 3 (at Kansas City, Dec. 15, 1996)
• [1st] Most Games with a Receiving Touchdown, Career – 90
• [1st] Most Games with a Receiving Touchdown, Season – 11 (2004)
• [1st] Most Seasons Leading the Team in Receiving Touchdowns – 11 (1996-2006)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading the Team in Receiving Touchdowns – 11 (1996-2006)
• [1st] Most Yards From Scrimmage, Career – 14,608
• [1st] Most Seasons with 1,000 or More Yards From Scrimmage – 8 (1999-2006)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Seasons with 1,000 or More Yards From Scrimmage – 8 (1999-2006)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Rookie Season – 8 (1996)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game – 3 (at Kansas City, Dec. 15, 1996; at San Francisco, Oct. 18, 1998; at New England, Sept. 19, 1999; vs. Minnesota, Dec. 24, 2000; vs. Buffalo, Sept. 23, 2001; vs. Miami, Nov. 11, 2001; at New Orleans, Sept. 28, 2003; at Detroit, Nov. 25, 2004; vs. Cincinnati, Dec. 18, 2006)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Fair Catches by a Rookie, Game – 4 (at Buffalo, Oct. 6, 1996)
• [2nd] Most Yards Receiving, Rookie Season – 836 (1996)
• [2nd] Most Seasons Leading the Team in Touchdowns – 5 (1996, 2001-02, 2004, 2006)
• [2nd] Most Receptions, Season – 115 (1999)
• [2nd] Most Receptions, Rookie Season – 64 (1996)
• [2nd] Most Yards Receiving, Season – 1,663 (1999)
• [2nd] Most Games with 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 9 (1999)
• [2nd] Most Consecutive Games with 100 or More Yards Receiving – 4 (1999, 2000, 2002, 2002, 2003)
• [2nd] Most Games with 100 or More Yards From Scrimmage, Career – 59
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Season, Career – 13 (1996-2008)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading the Team in Touchdowns – 5 (2001-02)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Points by a Rookie, Game – 18 (at Kansas City, Dec. 15, 1996)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdowns by a Rookie, Game – 3 (at Kansas City, Dec. 15, 1996)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Receptions, Game – 13 (at San Diego, Sept. 26, 1999; at New England, Oct. 22, 2000)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Games with 100 or More Yards Receiving, Rookie Season – 2 (1996)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season – 14 (2000)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Games with 10 or More Receptions, Season – 3 (2000)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Games with a Receiving Touchdown, Season – 10 (2000)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Games with a Receiving Touchdown – 5 (2004)
• [3rd] Most Receptions, Season – 109 (2001)
• [3rd] Most Yards Receiving, Season – 1,524 (2001)
• [3rd] Most Games with 100 or More Yards Receiving, Season – 8 (2000)
• [3rd] Most Consecutive Games with 100 or More Yards Receiving – 3 (1999, 2000)
• [3rd] Most Punt Return Yards by a Rookie, Game – 102 (at N.Y. Jets, Sept. 8, 1996)
• [3rd] Highest Punt Return Average, Rookie Season – 9.8 (1996)
• [3rd] Most Points, Career – 778
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Games with 10 or More Receptions, Season – 2 (1999, 2002-03)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season – 12 (1999, 2005-06)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Games with a Receiving Touchdown, Season – 9 (2001, 2005)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Season with 1,500 or More Yards from Scrimmage – 3 (1999, 2001-02)


Postseason Records

• [1st] Most Postseason Games, Career – 16
• [Tied for 1st] Most Touchdown Receptions, Game – 2 (vs. Denver, Jan. 4, 2004)
• [2nd] Most Receptions, Career – 65
• [2nd] Most Receiving Yards, Career – 882
• [2nd] Most Yards From Scrimmage, Career – 883
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Touchdown Receptions, Career – 2

League/Team Statistical Titles

NFL Statistical Championships
Pass Reception Titles: 2000, 2002
Pass Receiving Yardage Titles: 1999, 2002

AFC Statistical Championships
Pass Reception Titles: 2000, 2002
Pass Receiving Yardage Titles: 1999, 2001, 2002

Team Statistical Championships
Pass Reception Titles: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
Punt Return Titles: 1996


Awards and Honors

• NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s
• 2002 NFL Alumni Wide Receiver of the Year


Year-by-Year Team Records

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1996 Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 (3rd)
1997 Indianapolis Colts 3 13 0 (5th)
1998 Indianapolis Colts 3 13 0 (5th)
1999 Indianapolis Colts 13 3 0 (1st)
2000 Indianapolis Colts 10 6 0 (2nd)
2001 Indianapolis Colts 6 10 0 (4th)
2002 Indianapolis Colts 10 6 0 (2nd)
2003 Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 (1st)
2004 Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 (1st)
2005 Indianapolis Colts 14 2 0 (1st)
2006 Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 (1st)
2007 Indianapolis Colts 13 3 0 (1st)
2008 Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 (2nd)
Qualified for Postseason in Bold

 

CAREER CAPSULE

Marvin Harrison's Career Capsule

Full Name: Marvin Daniel Harrison

Birthdate: August, 25, 1972

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

High School: Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, PA)

Pro Career: 13 seasons, 190 games

Drafted: 1st round (19th player overall) in 1996 by Indianapolis



ENSHRINEMENT SPEECH

Marvin Harrison Enshrinement speech

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
August 6, 2016

Marvin Harrison:

Thank you very much. Before I begin, I just want to say one thing. I've broken a lot of records, I've held a lot of records, and records are made to be broken. But my current Hall of Famers that I sit here on my left and my right, I just want to tell you one thing, I'm not going to break the record to have the shortest speech in Hall of Fame history. That's not going to happen.

To my fellow Enshrinees that are going in with me, in the Class of 2016, I just want to say thank you to you guys. I couldn't be going into a Hall of Fame with a better group of guys than you guys. We've had a great time since February, and I want to say thank you to you guys. We all deserve it.

Throughout the year, I look back on a couple things. Sometimes we as people, we overlook some of the small things in life that probably got us here to this point. And I just want to show you a couple of examples of what I mean. At my high school back in Philadelphia, Roman Catholic High School, I had a few teachers who took their time, their days off before school, after school, before practise and after practise to help myself and other students prepare for their SATs. And I've always said, what would have happened if you didn't have that extra year of eligibility to play college sports? I probably wouldn't be here today.

But I had one teacher in particular, his name was Joe Ferrero, he promised me that he would come to at least one game every year if I turned pro, and he came to every game. I mean, one game a year. He wouldn't let me buy him a ticket. He wouldn't let me buy him a dinner, a hotel room, nothing.

Joe, I just want to say thank you. More guys like you in the world, and it would be a better place. You told me you did it just because I was a great kid and nothing more. So I want to say thank you to Joe Ferrero.

I had a teacher in Syracuse University, my first class, it was called Speech 101, and the first day of class she said to me, the class is going to be divided up into three parts -- 50% attendance, 25% exams, and 25% presentation. And I told her right away, I told her I'm going to do the best I can do to get 75% in this class. And she said, What do you mean? And I said, Because I don't think you know, that's not what I do. I'm not going to give you a speech. She said, You won't have to, but you won't pass the class. I told her instantly. Timeout. We've got to go over this. This is not something I do. As the year went on, I did the class, I did the course, and I passed the class. She said to me, Marvin, some day you're going to look back on this day and thank me because you're going to have to give the biggest speech of your life, so you might as well do it now. So I want to thank Mrs. Johnson for that.

Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is not something that happens overnight. I'm very thankful and very grateful that this has happened. I've worked extremely hard to get to this point. And the Green Bay fans would recognize this. I played my first NFL game right on this very field. It was the Colts versus the Saints, and my first head coach was Lindy Infante. He's not here with us today, but I definitely got to thank him. And Marshall Faulk can vouch for this. During practice, he would say to us, I don't like you guys catching passes. You make it look too easy. I was a rookie. I didn't know what he was talking about. He said you've got to make tough catches and practice them. I was a rookie, so I just listened to what my head coach told me. I would make these tough catches in practice, because that's how he told us to catch. And these catches you see on film today, they may look tough to me, but they were routine. And I want to say thank you to Lindy Infante, he played a big role in getting me started in my career.

Jim Mora, they said Jim Mora was tough, hard-nosed. Jim Mora's probably my best friend as a head coach. Every day he came to me during my spot in line, the stretching line. He talked about his family, the time in Philadelphia. He talked about -- he and I would talk about what we're going to eat for dinner at night. Me and Jim were best of friends.

But they said he was hard-nosed, laughed about how he ran those guys into the ground for the Saints. But he told me, I'm not used to this. I've seen guys that I coached for years, and when you got here, you just worked your butt off, and I just want to congratulate you on that, you're a great kid. So Jim Mora, thank you to you also.

Coach Dungy. My final head coach. I could sit up here for ten, 15 minutes and tell you about how important it was to have you as my coach and talk about football. But what you brought to our team and to me was more important than anything. You taught us how to be teammates. You taught us how to be men. But the most important thing is you taught us about fatherhood. And I think that's more important than any head coach could ever tell his players is about fatherhood. So I want to thank you for that.

My position coach, Clyde Christensen. We would block from the first day of training camp all the way to the Super Bowl. He didn't take it easy on us. He didn't treat us like prima donnas. We worked extremely hard. We had a great cast over at the Colts, and I want to thank Clyde Christensen for being there for me and allowing me to be a professional Pro Bowler and a Hall of Famer. You didn't change anything about my game. The only problem that we had is was I going to come out of a game or come out of practice. That's the only argument that we had. I wasn't coming out of practice and I wasn't coming out of games. You've got to forgive me for that one, Clyde.

Now Tom Moore. That's a whole other game. Couple guys can relate to that. C.C., I'm sure you can relate to Tom Moore. Anytime you'd come off a record-breaking season and you had 143 catches and first day of training camp your coach comes over to you and he's upset, he's sad. What's your problem? Nothing, what's up? He said, I'm a little upset with you. I said, Why would you be upset with me? I just had 143 catches. He said, You should have had 150. I'm a little upset with that. So I said, What did you want me to do?

So I've got to thank Tom Moore. He played an extremely big role in me being here today. He would tell me, I'm going to throw you the ball, whether there's double coverage, I don't care who's guarding, you better get open because I'm going to keep throwing you the ball. And Tom believed in me, he kept throwing me the ball. I have to thank Tom Moore. He's not here today, and he's coaching. He's 77 years old. I saw him a month ago. He told me, Marvin, I'm going to keep coaching for another 20 years. So I want to thank Tom Moore for all he's done for me.

Bill Polian. Where you at? B.P. Now, I don't know, but 15, 16, 17 years ago we're walking down, crossing paths in the locker room and Bill Polian said, What's up, Hall of Famer? And I'm like what is this guy talking about? I'm in my sixth, seventh year, he's talking about Hall of Fame. That shows you why he's up here today and part of this elite group. He can pick out talent a mile away. He told me when I get inducted, he'll be right here with me on this stage. And he is. Bill Polian, thank you for all that you've done for me. It's been a great run, and I thank you for all that you've done for me.

Mr. Irsay, it goes without saying. You've done a great job for our city of Indianapolis. You've done a great job for me and my family. No other way I could thank you more than have you present me here today. For all that you've done for the city. We've won a Super Bowl, we've hosted a Super Bowl, and I just want to say thank you for all you did for me. And the best thing I can do for an owner is how you present me here today.

Speaking of the city of Indianapolis, the fans. The fans, the fans are what makes this game possible. I say this from the bottom of my heart, I think I have the best fans, no offense, Green Bay, but I have the best fans in the game. Let me explain why now. Anytime we lose a game or I dropped a pass, they never booed me or did anything negative. They just said don't worry about it, Marvin, get the next one.

And I'm from Philadelphia, the home of the Eagles. If you get the coin toss wrong in Philadelphia, they want to trade you the first thing Monday morning. So I wasn't used to that in Indianapolis. So we had the best fans.

To my teammates, Peyton, I want to say that you came into the league your first year and I was happy to be a part of that. And I saw the work ethic that you had, and we carried that on for quite a few more years. So I want to say thank you to Peyton.

Edgerrin, Edgerrin, you and I we talked every day during practice. We'd talk about life after football, and I want to say thank you to Edgerrin, man. You're a great teammate. We talked a lot about, it wasn't just football, but it was about life. So I want to say thank you to Edgerrin.

My partner, Reggie. Reggie Wayne, man, I couldn't ask for a better partner than you. I mean, I trusted Reggie with my life. If I had to go across the middle and I knew Reggie had to clear it out for me, I new full well he was going to get his job done. So we came in and we watched each other, we worked hard, we challenged each other in practice. And, Reggie, like I said, I want to thank you for all that you've done for me. There is no other receiver in the game that I'd rather have on the other side of me than you, so I just want to say thank you, buddy.

There may be one other receiver, but I won't mention his name. I don't want to get into the rear view mirror or none of that stuff. So thank you.

The guy that made the bust. I want to say thank you. He's spent a great time with me the last couple months making it. And Michelle, she's been working with me all year long. She didn't think I was going to come up on the stage. I told her I wanted to go first, and she didn't want to gamble on it, so she made sure I went first. She thought I was going to disappear on her, so I'm up here now.

Retirement, retirement was easy for one reason. I have two sons, Marvin and Jett. To be able to come home, be your coach, be your father and be your friend, there is no other feeling in the world that I want to do than come home to you guys. So you made life what it's worth.

The single most important person here for me today, and I have to acknowledge it, my grandmother, Luanna Harrison. She's been around for a long time. Extremely hard-working woman, hard work and dedication had to come from somewhere, and it probably had to start from the top of the Harrison family. So I want to thank you that you're still here and you're able to come here and see your grandson into the Hall of Fame.

Last but not least, I was going to say thank you to everyone in Canton, this is my new home. I had a great group of guys that welcomed me in. I want to say thank you very much. And look forward to you guys for years to come. Thank you.