Marvin Harrison Jr.'s 'Lion King' NFL Draft Chain Pays Perfect Tribute to His Dad

Apr 24, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes receiver Marvin Harrison Jr..
Apr 24, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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For the Harrison family in the NFL, the future is now.

From 1996 to 2008, wide receiver Marvin Harrison was a fixture on the Indianapolis Colts. He made eight Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams in his Hall of Fame career—adding a victory in Super Bowl XLI to burnish his resume.

Now, it's his son's turn. Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is set to turn pro Thursday after a college career that included two All-American appearances and a fourth-place finish in the 2023 Heisman Trophy voting.

At the NFL draft in Detroit, he paid tribute to his father with a double-sided chain.

One side of the chain depicted both of the Harrisons, with the elder receiver rocking his iconic No. 88 Colts jersey, while the other side depicted another father-son duo—Mufasa and Simba from 1994's The Lion King.

Whether the younger Harrison is able to follow in his father's footsteps remains to be seen, but there's no doubt he's off to a stellar start in the apparel department.

Patrick Andres


Patrick Andres has been a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated since 2022. Before SI, his work appeared in The Blade, Athlon Sports, Fear the Sword, and Diamond Digest. Patrick has covered everything from zero-attendance Big Ten basketball to a seven-overtime college football game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.