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Seahawks' Harvin feeling Super

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- There were several points where it seemed like Percy Harvin wouldn't be here, if the Seattle Seahawks made it to Super Bowl XLVIII. But he is, and he's thankful.

"It's a blessing to be able to play in the Super Bowl, a game that I've dreamed of playing in since I was a little kid. After all I've been through, to be able to know I've reached that goal, right here, right now, it's amazing," Harvin said Wednesday.

The first major obstacle arose in training camp, when Harvin, the Seahawks' big offseason wideout signing at six years and $67 million, needed serious, potentially season-ending hip surgery.

"I'm going to be really blunt and straightforward. If it wasn't for my teammates being there for me the way they were, I might've just shut it down," Harvin acknowledged. "Just being discouraged, there came a point in time where the training staff didn't know whether it was a smart idea to try to come back in the same season. Like anyone who has ever had hip surgery and came back in the same season, a lot of frustration came with it. I probably would've been done with the season if it wasn't for my teammates."

Harvin, 25, did come back, for one game, against his former Vikings teammates on Nov. 17. He aggravated the hip and missed the remainder of the regular season. Then, when Harvin finally was ready to play again, in the Jan. 11 divisional-round playoff game against New Orleans, he suffered a concussion in the second quarter. Harvin wasn't cleared in time for the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco, in which the Seahawks' receiving corps struggled.

"It meant everything" when doctors told him he was OK to practice and play this week, Harvin said. "Not only to be cleared, but to know we're playing in the most prized game in our profession -- I couldn't put that in words for you."

Despite their lack of game work together, Harvin said he thinks he and quarterback Russell Wilson will have good timing.

"I think in the Saints game, we were starting to get into a little rhythm. I had a lot of practices. Before the whole surgery and things like that, we had a lot of one-on-one sessions," Harvin said. "We'll be fine."

There has been much talk of Harvin as an X-factor, something the Broncos can't really chart on film. Wilson contends Harvin is one of the league's best receivers when healthy. Obviously, that was what the Seahawks had in mind when they gave him that contract.

"He's a terrific football player, with the dynamics of the tremendous speed that he has, the intensity that he brings when the ball's in his hands -- how he carries it, he runs like a running back -- he's unusually aggressive and he's such a versatile athlete, that you have a lot of opportunities to do different things with him," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday.

Wideout Golden Tate noted Wednesday that the Seahawks have won a lot of games without Harvin. "We'll be fine with or without him," said Tate, who might be tired of hearing about the Seahawks' "pedestrian" wideout corps. But Tate understands Harvin could be a significant addition.

"I'm especially excited to see him back there on kickoff return. If you kick the ball to us, you never know what's going to happen with him," Tate said. "I'm excited to see him back on kickoff return, but also on offense. This guy has speed, quickness, and he's very explosive. That's rare in this league, to have all three."

BRIDGE TO NOWHERE?

The biggest media crowd at the Seahawks' hotel Wednesday was clustered not around Richard Sherman but around running back Marshawn Lynch, who by not wanting to talk to reporters seems to have made himself irresistible to them. This might have something to do with the fact that there has been little controversy to chew on this week.

Lynch was asked about fans taking up a donation to pay his $50,000 fine for not talking to the media during the season.

"I mean, if y'all say y'all is our bridge from the players to the fans, and the fans really aren't tripping, then what's the point?" Lynch asked. "What's the purpose? They've got my back and I appreciate that, but I don't get what's the bridge then built for."

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