Former Syracuse Orange wide receiver Marvin Harrison was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday evening. Harrison is now the eighth former Orange to be enshrined in Canton.
Harrison played at Syracuse for four years, finishing his career with 135 catches for a school-record 2,728 yards. In addition, his 20 career touchdowns ranks second all-time in Syracuse history, behind only Rob Moore. Harrison's most prolific season came during his senior year in 1995, when he led the Orange with 56 catches for 1,131 yards and eight touchdowns. Syracuse finished the season with an impressive 9-3 record.
Following his stellar four-year career at Syracuse, Harrison was drafted in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts, remaining there throughout his entire 13-year career. Two years after the Colts drafted Harrison, they decided to take a 6' 5" quarterback from Tennessee named Peyton Manning. Manning and Harrison would eventually develop into one of the most prolific quarterback-wide receiver duos in NFL history.
Harrison finished his career as a eight Pro Bowl selection, two-time NFL receptions leader, two-time NFL receiving yards leader, one-time NFL receiving touchdowns co-leader, three-time first-team All Pro, and Super Bowl champion. Harrison also ranks third all-time in career receptions with 1,102, fifth all-time in career receiving touchdowns with 128, and seventh all-time in career receiving yards with 14,580.
With eight former Syracuse players now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Orange are tied for fourth all-time with Alabama, Michigan, and Pittsburgh. Syracuse seems poised to move up in the rankings soon, with both former defensive end Dwight Freeney and former head coach Tom Coughlin most likely headed to Canton in the near future, following their impending retirements.
Check out ESPN's E:60 feature on Marvin Harrison, released less than two years ago, below: