Is Marvin Harrison Jr. related to Marvin Harrison?

Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Marvin Harrison Jr. looks to be as good for the Ohio State football team as Marvin Harrison was for the Indianapolis Colts.

With Ryan Day’s Ohio State football team poised to make some noise this season, people are wondering if sophomore wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is related to Marvin Harrison.

Harrison is entering his second season in Columbus. Although he was buried on the Buckeyes depth chart a season ago, Ohio State had two first-round picks in its receiving corps in Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, as well as Jaxon Smith-Njigba being the best No. 3 option in the nation. Smith-Njigba and Harrison got even more run in the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl victory over the Utah Utes.

With a big name to live up to, are these Marvin Harrisons actually related to one another?

Is Marvin Harrison Jr. related to former Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison?

As a surprise to no one, Marvin Harrison Jr. is Marvin Harrison Sr.’s son. Like his namesake father, Harrison hails from Philadelphia. Interestingly enough, he was high school teammates with Buckeyes backup quarterback in former five-star Kyle McCord. Harrison was a four-star coming out of high school, but he and his St. Joseph’s Prep teammate were part of the same 2021 class.

Did Marvin Harrison Sr. play at Ohio State?

It might come as a bit of a shock, but no, Marvin Harrison Sr. did not play his college football at The Ohio State University. He played for Paul Pasqualoni at Syracuse from 1992 to 1995. Harrison was teammate’s with quarterback Donovan McNabb during the final season of his illustrious college career at Syracuse. Harrison will get inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame one day soon.

Marvin Harrison Sr. career accomplishments

Harrison was selected No. 19 overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1996 NFL Draft, a pick they got from the Atlanta Falcons in the Jeff George trade. He spent his entire 13-year NFL career with them from 1996 to 2008, where he would become an eight-time Pro Bowler, an eight-time All-Pro and a Super Bowl champion as the go-to receiving target of none other than Peyton Manning.

Harrison led the NFL in receiving yards twice, receptions twice and receiving touchdowns once. Not only was Harrison named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, but earned a spot on NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. With 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, alongside his former head coach Tony Dungy.

The Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor member is one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play.

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