Tom Glasgow: Percy Harvin, the Mariners and the Hall of Fame

Tom Glasgow: Percy Harvin, the Mariners and the Hall of Fame
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin catches a ball tossed to him during stretching warmups, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, before NFL football practice in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
As we close in on kick-off between the Saints and Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, the excitement builds not only about the game but the return of receiver Percy Harvin.

The prized off-season catch from the Minnesota Vikings teased Hawks fans in his only appearance this season - one game, one catch and one kick-off return that reminded everyone how much the Hawks were missing with Harvin watching due to major hip surgery.

There's no doubt Harvin's return will have a positive impact on an offense that's been misfiring since the last time the Saints hit town back on Dec. 2. Harvin's so dangerous that by simply being on the field he gives Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan something he didn't have to game-plan for five weeks ago.

With Harvin, whether he makes one catch for five yards or five catches for a hundred yards, he won't be the difference-maker on offense. It'll be Max Unger, James Carpenter, J.R. Sweezy, Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung.

Unless the Seahawks offensive line plays a complete game, Harvin's return just won't mean that much. In the regular season finale those guys up front who do the dirty often underappreciated work did enough to help Marshawn Lynch rush for 97 yards. It was his highest single game total since going for 145 yards in a week 10 win in Atlanta. Get Lynch north of 90 yards, convert on third down and protect the football and the Seahawks will be hosting their second NFC Championship game a week from Sunday. With or without a dynamic talent like Harvin.

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While it was disappointing to see former Mariners great Edgar Martinez lose ground in his Hall of Fame bid yesterday, expect former Seahawks great Walter Jones to gain ground. There are currently 25 legends still in the mix for the next class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a cut down to 15 coming tonight.

Jones, who played every game of his stellar career at left tackle for the Hawks, should not only make this cut, but should join Steve Largent and Cortez Kennedy in Canton, Ohio, this summer.

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Back to Edgar. Is there any doubt that if he had done for the Yankees or Boston Red Sox what he did for the Mariners he'd either be in or significantly closer to the Hall of Fame? I'm not sure it would make any difference but I hope that when Randy Johnson is giving his Hall of Fame induction speech next year and when Ken Griffey Jr. is giving his in the summer of 2015, both will take a moment to make the case that the elite club in Cooperstown won't be complete until the greatest DH of his generation is part of history's team.

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And back to where I began, the Seahawks. Here's a link to a terrific read I think you'll enjoy from “Dartmouth Now” about Russell Wilson's late father.