Night net CANTON, Ohio — On Friday, a reporter asked Tony Dungy whether Marvin Harrison would hit 10 minutes at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech, and the former Colts coach set the over/under at 9 1/2."I'm not going to break the record to have the shortest Hall of Fame speech in history,” Harrison after taking the podium Saturday. “That’s not going to happen.” MORE: Who's Colts'
next Hall of Famer? Here are 10 best betsHarrison cleared 10 minutes, but not by much. For many football fans, it might have been the first time they experienced “Harrison unplugged.” Harrison spoke in quick-and-linear fashion. He bookended thank you messages to his Speech 101 professor at Syracuse and grandmother Luanna — the “most important person in his life” — around his former bosses, coaches, teammates and fans in Indianapolis.Harrison also said the Colts have the best fans. At that point, he even cracked a joke about growing up in South Philadelphia."If you get the coin toss wrong in Philadelphia, they want to trade you the first thing Monday morning,” Harrison said.The speech eventually touched fellow inductee Dungy. Harrison said he could talk for 10 to 15 minutes about being a football coach, but he opted for the biggest lesson he learned. “The most important thing you taught us about was fatherhood,” Harrison said. “I think that’s more important than anything that any coach can tell his players, is about fatherhood.”That’s the quiet life Harrison leads now with his sons, Marvin Jr. and Jett. The speech was short, but that’s not how he’ll be remembered anyway; Harrison’s quiet, precise and prolific play always did the talking.Harrison’s signature remains the Night net single-season record 143 receptions in 2002, a record that Antonio Brown and Julio Jones threatened with 136 apiece last season. He also ranked third all time in career receptions (1,102) and TD catches (128).Yet Harrison emphasized that the accomplishment he’s most proud of is playing for one team. That’s why he had Jim Irsay as his presenter. Irsay referred to Harrison as “an artist” — and in this case the artistry might go a little underappreciated.MORE: Tony Dungy stood on many shoulders en route to Hall of FameThe four guys ahead of him in career TD catches — Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Cris Carter — combined to play for 16 teams. Maybe that’s why former Colts GM Bill Polian used to say “What’s up, Hall of Famer?” to Harrison in the hallway. It’s definitely the reason Dungy noticed a little difference in his former star receiver. “I’ve seen Marvin be different this week, much more exuberant, much more outgoing and fired (up) about this,” Dungy said.For a little more than 10 minutes, the rest of us got to see that, too.