Marvin Harrison Sr. told son : 'Do what I've told you to do, and you'll be fine'
Mavin Harrison Jr., in a very humble and soft-spoken manner, told "ESPN College GameDay" that his goal is to be the best wide receiver of all-time during a segment before the Buckeyes play Georgia in the 2022 Peach Bowl, which is hosting the College Football Playoff semifinal.
For some, that might be a tough goal to achieve, but Harrison has it in his genes.
ESPN caught up with Harrison's dad, Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison, who has helped guide his son through his football career.
"Told him, when you go to school, don't follow the guy in front of you," Harrison Sr. said. "The guy didn't have me as his coach for 13 years. Do what I've told you to do, and you'll be fine."
Harrison Jr. has done that.
Almost a year after his breakout performance in the Rose Bowl, the Ohio State sophomore has become one of the best receivers in the country, and could be slated to be the first wide receiver taken in the 2024 NFL Draft.
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Harrison Jr. caught 72 passes and 12 touchdowns for 1,157 yards this season. He averaged 16.1 yards per catch. He impressed Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt so much in one game that the prominent college football announcer called him the best college receiver he's ever seen.
It didn't just happen naturally, though,
Harrison Jr. told ESPN. Harrison said his dad told him to "Practice like its the Super Bowl. So for me right now every practice I'm going out there like its the national championship."
Harrison Sr. joked that his friends tell him his son doesn't act like him after scoring touchdowns, and he laughed and said they had different styles. Harrison Jr. smiled and laughed that his dad "wishes he was 6-4."
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As far as his son achieving his goal becoming the best, Harrison Sr. told ESPN that his son could do it.
"He can achieve whatever he wants as long as he continues to stay on the right path," he told ESPN. "I think the sky's the limit."
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