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Marvin Harrison Narrowly Avoids Gunfire in Philadelphia

June 16th, 2014 at 3:22 PM
By Daniel Melin

Former Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison earned fame for making receptions and dodging tackles, but Saturday morning he was dodging bullets. 

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The incident began about 3:20 a.m., as Harrison was driving through the Philadelphia neighborhood of Wynnefield Heights. Harrison was flagged down by a man wearing only boxer shorts, who was fleeing two men who had broken into his apartment. He begged Harrison to call 911, and to hide in the bed of his F-350 pickup truck. 

Harrison obliged, and it was then one of the burglars fired twice at the vehicle. Although neither Harrison nor his passenger were hit, but one of the tires was shot, resulting in a flat. Harrison has given the police the tire as part of the investigation.

The victim of the home invasion also lost $500 in the robbery.

Harrison, who was born in Philadelphia, has lived there since retiring from the Colts in 2009.

This is not the first time Harrison has been connected to a shooting. A gun belonging to him was used in a 2008 shooting, but it was not confirmed he pulled the trigger. The same victim was then shot and killed in 2009 near Playmakers, a bar owned and operated by Harrison.

Still, his stellar record as a Colt continues to see his name brought up in a positive light. Not only did he help lead the team to a Super Bowl victory, but he also played in eight Pro Bowls, won AFC Alumni Receiver of the Year in 2002, and holds the seventh most receiving yards of all time. For his service to the team, he was inducted to the Colts Ring of Honor.


Tags: Football, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Colts, Marvin Harrison, NFL, Philadelphia

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