Posted: Wednesday January 3, 2007 5:26PM; Updated: Wednesday January 3, 2007 7:32PM
Marvin Harrison had 95 catches during the regular season and now has 1,022 receptions in his career.
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Everyone seems concerned about the Colts' matador D against the Chiefs on Saturday, but Indy's best defense may be its third-ranked offense, with all-world wideout Marvin Harrison. He's once again quietly among the NFL leaders in receiving yards (second), touchdowns (second) and catches (third). And Harrison teammed with Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne could be a handful for Kansas City.
Despite flourishing at football's diva position, Harrison is its modern-day Greta Garbo, the actress notorious for her secrecy. But late in the season he temporarily halted his elusive ways for a rare, extensive interview with SI.com. In it he touched on why he rarely celebrates; whether Jerry Rice's all-time record is within reach; his freakish metabolism and the college professor who forced him to confront his fear of public speaking.
DEMASIO: How many more years would you like to play?
HARRISON: I don't put a number on it. Right now, it still seems so early in my career that to talk about how long I want to play doesn't fit into my vocabulary.
DEMASIO:Is it fair to say that Jerry Rice's record is a goal?
HARRISON: No. You have to be out your mind to think that you're going to chase Jerry Rice. He's played for 20 seasons.
DEMASIO:But if anyone can do it, it would be you.
HARRISON: You would have to be in reach to even consider catching Jerry Rice. I think I could eventually become a candidate to chase Jerry Rice. But realistically, I wouldn't put the pressure on myself to even try.
DEMASIO:You're 34. When were you at your peak athletically?
HARRISON: That's hard for me to answer because I don't feel any different now than I felt five years ago, one year ago. I can't say that there was a peak that I look back on, because I still do the same things I did since college. I take every rep in practice.
We laugh about it: Younger receivers are always in the cold tub or in the warm tub or they're getting treatment. They look at me: "How come you're never in here?" I have no need to be in there.
DEMASIO:Talk to me about your philosophy on practice. Your receivers coach said he asked you to cut back, but you declined. Most players -- especially veterans -- like to cut back.
HARRISON: The philosophy in practice is simple, and we joke about this a lot around the locker room: I get paid to practice. I play the games for free. I don't dislike practice. I like to practice.