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Migraines continue to plague former Gator Percy Harvin



Former Florida All-American WR Percy Harvin collapsed on the field today during practice with the Minnesota Vikings and was rushed to the hospital, the latest incident in Harvin's long battle with migraine headaches.

"I don't know how to classify" the episode, Vikings Coach Brad Childress told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Not really a seizure, but he had some trouble over here. I'd be remiss if I tried to qualify it one way or the other. He seemed like he was stable. Shugs [head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman], Dr. [Sheldon] Burns and Dr. [Chris] Larson were all with him right there and Shugs and Dr. Burns rode to the hospital with him...Those things [migraines] can be debilitating and obviously that one hit and hit hard. It's always scary for all of our guys when you see a teammate struggling with whatever. We said a quick prayer for him."

Florida coach Urban Meyer said this week that Harvin's struggles with migraines has been difficult, and he required medical attention often while in Gainesville.

"Percy comes here and he had it his whole career here,'' Meyer said. "And it was serious. He was in the hospital several times. I was just praying for him, that's a serious deal.''

Meyer said his first encounter with the seriousness of the illness was with former Utah safety Morgan Scalley.

"Morgan Scalley was my All-American free safety at Utah and I looked over (one day) and he put his towel (over him) and I said what is that?,'' Meyer said. "I didn't really understand what they were.''

Harvin has suffered from migraines since childhood, but it came as a surprise to the Florida staff, who didn't know it until after he arrived on campus.

"No idea,'' Meyer said. "We tried to ask him as many questions as we can but no, no idea.''


[Last modified: Thursday, August 19, 2010 6:26pm]


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