Black and Blue all over: Harvin is ROY

We usually get things rolling pretty early here on the NFC North blog, but this morning, news was already waiting when I powered up the old Commodore 64. To no one’s surprise, not even NFC West blogger Mike Sando, Minnesota receiver Percy Harvin has been named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Harvin received 41 of the 50 votes after setting a Vikings record with 2,081 all-purpose yards in 15 games this season. That total left him with one of the best all-round rookie seasons in NFL history. (Oakland’s Tim Brown set the all-time record for all-purpose yards by a rookie with 2,317 in 1988.) Harvin was also quarterback Brett Favre’s favorite target on third down and ranked No. 7 among all NFL players in that category, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Harvin was a controversial draft pick after he tested positive for marijuana use at the February scouting combine. But as it turned out, the biggest problem he encountered was an intensification of migraine headaches that has plagued him for much of his life.

Migraines caused him to miss the Vikings’ rookie minicamp, the NFL’s rookie symposium and a game against Cincinnati last month.

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