Undrafted rookie Michael Ray Garvin works on a passing route during an organized team activity earlier this offseason.
With Olympic trials in his background and his world-class speed, viewing Michael Ray Garvin as a "track guy" is the most convenient thing to do.
Even Garvin understands that. A college background as a kickoff return man – oh, he played a little defensive back at Florida State, but that path was such that Garvin was immediately made a wide receiver once he signed a contract with the Cardinals – isn't beefy enough on the résumé to change perceptions.
"I have accomplished more in track," Garvin said.
But that's over now. That's what Garvin wants everyone to understand. Track
ended when his college days did, his seven all-America credits in the past. He never did qualify for the 2008 Olympics (in the 200 meters) but he gave it a shot. Undrafted, Garvin wants to become the Cardinals' breakout return man. The NFL has always been the real dream, track or no track.
"You can't just bring (record-breaking sprinter) Usain Bolt in here and put him on the football field," Garvin said. "He doesn't know how to run a route or plant, he doesn't know football techniques. I've been playing football since I was 7 years old, and it was always my first sport. I know how to play football. I am a football player that is actually fast at track."
The Cardinals could use a good return man. J.J. Arrington was their kickoff return guy a season ago and he is gone. Steve Breaston has performed both duties (and still could again), although Breaston has developed into such a good receiver the Cards wouldn't mind keeping him mostly on offense.
Why not replace both with someone who has run the 100 in 10.10 seconds, the 200 in 20.58 seconds, the 400 in 46.6 seconds?