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Harrison's future as intriguing as his past


Harrison's future as intriguing as his past
From strictly a football standpoint, we've watched Marvin Harrison forge a Hall of Fame career for 13 seasons in Indianapolis.


As a person, even long-time Colts teammates — let alone fans and media — don't know much more about Harrison than the day he arrived in 1996.

That was the way he wanted it.

There were no tear-filled goodbyes Tuesday when Harrison was released after refusing to take a pay cut. He wouldn't attend a farewell news conference thrown by Colts owner Jim Irsay, who had unsuccessfully tried to change the wide receiver's mind. Harrison didn't even bother issuing a statement thanking fans and the franchise like every other athlete of his stature would.

Then again, he isn't your average superstar.

The only time Harrison has ever wanted any exposure was on the gridiron itself. He avoided reporters and never sought to become a commercial pitchman like Peyton Manning, with whom he formed the most statistically successful quarterback-receiver tandem in NFL history.

Away from the field, Harrison continued to spend far more time in his hometown of Philadelphia than in the city where he played. Even in this gawker age of sports figures having their personal lives splashed across the internet, Harrison managed to keep a low profile until a weapons incident last April dragged him into a spotlight he never sought.

Dennis Dixon was shot by one of Harrison's registered guns. Harrison proclaimed innocence to the Philadelphia police and was never charged because it couldn't be determined who fired the weapon. Dixon, who has filed a civil suit against Harrison, was recently sentenced to six months probation for lying about details on the initial police report.

Harrison has never addressed the allegations with the media. In fact, he didn't grant any interviews during the 2008 season.

Such silence only adds to the mystery of where Harrison will play next.

He isn't a No. 1 receiver anymore. He turns 37 in August. Harrison's catches (60), yards (636) and touchdowns (5) in 2008 were his lowest totals for a season in which he played at least 15 games. And that was in an offense where the Colts passed on 62 percent of their snaps. Despite what the Colts have proclaimed, Harrison simply wasn't the same player he was before a serious knee injury in 2007.

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