Who Is Marvin Harrison Jr.’s Father? Exploring the Harrison Family History

Is Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. the son of Indianapolis Colts Hall of Fame WR Marvin Harrison Sr., and can he match his legacy at the professional level?

Ohio State Buckeye WR Marvin Harrison Jr. has been dominating the college football stage for two years and counting. He remains one of the best overall prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft, but does he have a Hall of Fame legacy on his side?

Marvin Harrison Jr.’s Father and Career

Marvin Harrison Jr.’s father is indeed Marvin Harrison Sr. — the Hall of Fame NFL receiver of the same name.

Harrison Sr., of course, played 13 seasons in the NFL, all for the Indianapolis Colts. He was drafted 19th overall by the Colts in the 1996 NFL Draft and immediately became a primary weapon for the franchise.

Across his career, Harrison amassed 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. He’s ninth all-time in career receiving yardage, fifth all-time in receptions, and fifth in receiving touchdowns. He’s one of just 14 receivers in NFL history to have more than 1,000 career receptions.

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Along the way to earning a golden jacket, Harrison earned eight Pro Bowl bids and three All-Pro nods, and he also won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy in 2006.

Harrison Jr. was born in August of 2002, ahead of Harrison Sr.’s age-30 season, in which he caught a career-high and then-record 143 catches for 1,722 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Can Harrison Jr. Follow His Father’s Footsteps in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Naturally, Harrison Jr.’s father’s legacy as a Hall of Famer looms large for the 2024 NFL Draft. But across the scouting community, there’s generally a sense that Harrison Jr. can carve out a legacy for himself as a top-tier receiving weapon at the NFL level.

Harrison Sr. was drafted in Round 1, but Harrison Jr. is likely to go off the board even higher than his father — potentially even in the top five of the 2024 NFL Draft. Many regard him as the unquestioned WR1 in the 2024 NFL Draft class and a near-generational prospect at his position.

At the root of Harrison Jr.’s profile is his high-level physical foundation. At 6’4″, 205 pounds, he’s a lean, explosive athlete with insane flexibility and nuance as a route runner, and he’s also a superb contested-catch threat who can dominate defenders with his sense of timing and wingspan.

In Harrison Jr.’s scouting report, I said the following about his grade — a relevant excerpt given his father’s success: “He projects as an impactful, attention-drawing X receiver out of the gate in the NFL, who also has the versatility to play the movement Z spot. And he has the combined physical talent and attention to detail to support an All-Pro ceiling.”

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