EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Percy Harvin, all 5-foot-11, 184-pounds of him, was trying to bull his way through defensive linemen and linebackers on a third-and-goal run at the 2-yard line.
Harvin was stopped short, but kept fighting and replays showed he might have extended the ball across the goal line with 5:06 remaining in Sunday's 24-14 loss at Atlanta. There was no challenge, though Harvin told reporters after the game he thought he had scored but the image of the little guy fighting the giants inside provided a lasting image from the 2-9 Vikings loss Sunday.
With the season having spiraled out of control, Harvin is still fighting for every yard.
"His character, his competitiveness, his strength is such an example for everybody else," Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said. "When our season's going in the direction that its going, for him to come out and play as hard as he's playing just makes my job and everybody else's job a lot easier."