Graham Harrell
American football player
Graham Harrell
Graham Stanton Harrell is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, serving as first back-up to Aaron Rodgers. Harrell was signed in May 2010 after a brief stint in the Canadian Football League. He was on the practice squad for the first 13 games of the 2010 season before being signed to the active roster for the last three regular season games and the postseason.
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Jets add Brady Quinn, drop Graham Harrell - USA TODAY
Google News - over 3 years
ESPN Jets add Brady Quinn, drop Graham Harrell USA TODAY SHARECONNECT 6 TWEETCOMMENTEMAILMORE. The New York Jets continue to shuffle their backup quarterbacks. The team on Monday signed veteran Brady Quinn, who was released Saturday by Seattle, and released Graham Harrell, who had been ... All signs pointing to Geno Smith starting for JetsWall Street Journal As Jets' Geno Smith prepares to start, right guard Willie Colon says he is 'made ...The Star-Ledger - NJ.com New York Jets sign Brady Quinn as quarterback insuranceSILive.com WPRO -Los Angeles Times -Gant Daily all 115 news articles »
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HIGHLIGHTS: Simms Shines In Jets' Preseason Finale
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Geno Smith stayed on the sideline. So did Mark Sanchez. While the New York Jets' quarterback competition is far from settled, Matt Simms certainly showed he might deserve to stick around when the season starts. Simms, competing for the No. 3 job, led four scoring drives, and Kahlil Bell ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets topped the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Thursday night in the teams' preseason finale. Both Rex Ryan and the Eagles' Chip Kelly rested their starters, which meant Michael Vick also sat this one out on Philadelphia's sideline. Vick won the Eagles' competition last week, earning the job ahead of Nick Foles while looking comfortable and effective running Kelly's up-tempo offense. Smith, the Jets' second-round draft pick and the team's possible Week 1 starter, was in uniform but only in case there was an emergency at quarterback. Simms, whose father Phil had plenty of big games against the Eagles in his days wit ...
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Jets sign QB Harrell
Fox News - over 3 years
The New York Jets signed quarterback Graham Harrell on Wednesday.A former backup to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, Harrell has thrown just four passes in the NFL since signing with the Packers as a free agent in 2010
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Jets, former Packers QB Graham Harrell agree to deal
USA Today - over 3 years
With bodies under center scarce in New York, Graham Harrell set to join team.
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Packers' release of Harrell paves way for Young
Fox News - over 3 years
Green Bay released quarterback Graham Harrell on Sunday, meaning that Vince Young will likely be the Packers' No
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Packers to cut Graham Harrell, making Vince Young No. 2 - USA TODAY
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National Post Packers to cut Graham Harrell, making Vince Young No. 2 USA TODAY SHARE 25 CONNECT 16 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE. The Vince Young comeback story isn't over yet. The Green Bay Packers plan to release backup quarterback Graham Harrell, a person with knowledge of the decision told USA TODAY Sports on ... Door opens for QB Vince YoungESPN Young likely to back up Packers QB RodgersChicago Tribune Green Bay Packers release Graham Harrell, leaving Vince Young as backup QBSI.com CBSSports.com -NFL.com -Fox11online.com all 39 news articles »
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Packers to cut Graham Harrell, making Vince Young No. 2
USA Today - over 3 years
Former first-round pick returns to the NFL to win job as Aaron Rodgers' backup
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Who Plays First, Case Keenum or VY? No Wednesday chat this week!
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Due to a prior commitment, I will not be holding the Wednesday chat this week. The weekly chats will resume next week on their usual schedule. Sorry guys (and gals!). Dead Coach is working hard sending me guest entries so I’ll keep putting them out there for discussion. Everyone knows quarterback Case Keenum has been pretty impressive this pre-season, but we’ve all seen pre-season stars fade out in regular season action. Dead Coach submitted an interesting topic that should generate some interest. Two home-grown Texas boys are both vying for the #2 spots on their respective teams. DC throws out some good points for both scenarios. What do you folks think? ~ Crimedog Who Plays First, Case Keenum or Vince Young? By Dead Coach First of all, let’s get one thing straight from the start. This is a ridiculous topic, and a blatant grab for clicks / comments. I don’t think this matters a bit, as both guys are at best backup quarterbacks right now. But since both player ...
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Vince Young aims to resurrect career with Packers
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
By Tyler Dunne Milwaukee Journal Sentinel GREEN BAY, Wis. – He was once a transcendent player. You paid to see Vince Young play. At 6 feet, 5 inches tall, he had the stride of a gazelle, an aura of invincibility. Now, in Green Bay, a once-limitless NFL career is on life support. Young was met by a swarm of cameras at his new locker Tuesday. Only, instead of talking about the Rose Bowl, the sensational rookie season, or the quest to be deliver on superhuman hype, the conversation was more about survival. For Vince Young, the expectations have changed. “I just want to get in here and earn the team respect and staff and coaches’ respect and continue to keep playing football,” he said. “The game that I love.” After a full year away from the game, the 2006 third overall pick now has less than four weeks to learn a new offense, apply new footwork and excel in the preseason to earn a roster spot. This isn’t a gimmick or some scout-team resource. The Packers brought Young in to com ...
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Late TD Lifts Sooners To Bedlam Win
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NORMAN, Okla. -- After the first overtime game in the Bedlam rivalry, a wild celebration on Owen Field and yet another 500-yard passing game, it all settled in for Landry Jones. His last home game with Oklahoma was over, and what a way to go out. Jones threw three touchdown passes and Brennan Clay scored on an 18-yard run in overtime to lift the 14th-ranked Sooners to a 51-48 win against No. 22 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam rivalry on Saturday. "No better way," Jones said. "God blessed me so much tonight to be able to go out like this. "There's no better way to go out." The Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) never led during regulation, wiping out double-digit deficits in both halves. Backup quarterback Blake Bell tied it with 4 seconds left on a 4-yard keeper on fourth-and-1 after Jones directed the first 16 plays of an extended drive. The victory kept alive Oklahoma's chances for at least a share of the Big 12 championship. The Sooners could win it outright by ...
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Madden NFL 13: Roster Update #6, Week 5
Arrowhead Addict - over 4 years
Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE The team at EA has released the latest ratings adjustments for Madden NFL 13. If you are a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, you probably don’t want to download this one. Here’s the damage: Roster Update #6 – Week 5 Bobby Massie OL ARZ Decrease, from 73 to 71OVR Dan Williams DL ARZ Decrease, from 78 to 77OVR William Gay CB ARZ Decrease, from 78 to 77OVR Lyle Sendlein OL ARZ Decrease, from 79 to 78OVR David Carter DL ARZ Increase, from 71 to 73OVR Sam Acho LB ARZ Increase, from 75 to 76OVR O’Brien Schofield LB ARZ Increase, from 75 to 77OVR Andre Roberts WR ARZ Increase, from 75 to 78OVR Kevin Kolb QB ARZ Increase, from 77 to 78OVR Patrick Peterson CB ARZ Increase, from 86 to 87OVR Calais Campbell DL ARZ Increase, from 92 to 93OVR Adrian Wilson S ARZ Increase, from 95 to 96OVR Beanie Wells HB ARZ IR Alfonso Smith HB ARZ Jersey change to #29 Ryan Williams HB ARZ Moved to HB #1 on depth chart Ray Edwards DL ATL Decrease, from 83 to 81OVR Jonathan Babin ...
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Aaron Rodgers got hit in the eye, so Graham Harrell made his disastrous NFL debut (VIDEO)
USA Today - over 4 years
The Packers QB took a shot to the face, forcing his backup to make his NFL debut
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NFL Playbooks Get Put On iPads
Huffington Post - over 4 years
DENVER (AP) — The days of lugging around 500-page playbooks and stacks of DVDs are over for half of the players in the NFL. Their teams have gone digital, replacing the old-fashioned thick paper playbooks with iPads that put everything from X's and O's to notifications, scouting reports and video cut-ups at their fingertips. "Technology is taking over the world and we're just trying to keep up with it," Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Graham Harrell said. The number of teams using iPads for playbooks and game film has increased this season from two to 14. In the NFC, the Bears, Cardinals, Cowboys, Lions, Packers, Panthers, Redskins and Seahawks are using the tablets as are the Bengals, Broncos, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins and Ravens in the AFC. Other teams, such as the Chiefs, Titans and Saints, are using iPads for some things but haven't completely abandoned three-ring binders, and the Bills are considering sw ...
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Pack’s Harrell finally delivers
Beloit Daily News - over 4 years
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Graham Harrell finally showed why the Green Bay Packers believed he could be Aaron Rodgers’ primary backup.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Graham Harrell
    TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 29
    In February 2015, Harrell was named the football program's outside receivers coach, replacing Dennis Simmons.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2015, former Texas Tech running backs coach Seth Littrell was named head football coach at the University of North Texas. Harrell became one of Littrell's first hires, as he was named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UNT. Despite being named OC at North Texas, Harrell said he would honor his contract with Leach and WSU and coach the Cougars in the Sun Bowl.
  • 2013
    Age 27
    After not playing in the NFL during the 2013 season, Harrell joined the coaching staff at Washington State in April 2014, re-uniting him with his college coach Mike Leach.
    More Details Hide Details Harrell was given the position of offensive analyst.
    He was released on September 2, 2013 after the Jets signed Brady Quinn.
    More Details Hide Details Harrell first started coaching by accepting a quality control position at Oklahoma State when Mike Gundy hired former Tech offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to run the Cowboy offense. Harrell helped tutor the OSU quarterbacks with the new Air Raid system that Gundy had hired Holgerson to run. Harrell left OSU to play football in Canada.
    Harrell was signed by the New York Jets on August 28, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He was brought in after reserve quarterback Greg McElroy re-injured his knee. Harrell played for one series at the end of the game in relief of Matt Simms.
    Harrell struggled in the pre-season and on August 24, 2013, USA Today reported that Green Bay would be releasing Harrell, as former Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young outplayed Harrell according to the Packers coaching staff in the pre-season.
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  • 2012
    Age 26
    Harrell hosted a weekly sports talk show called the "Witt Ford Red Zone with Graham Harrell" every Monday during the 2012 season on 104.1 FM WRLU and archived at DoorCountyDailyNews.com.
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    On September 30, 2012, Graham played in his first game for Green Bay.
    More Details Hide Details Coming in for one snap in the red zone, Harrell took the snap to hand off to Cedric Benson, but was tripped by his center, resulting in a fumbled hand off and a lost fumble.
  • 2011
    Age 25
    On December 7, 2011, the Packers again signed Harrell to the active roster.
    More Details Hide Details After the departure of primary back-up Matt Flynn, Harrell was promoted to the active roster full-time and was named Rodger's primary back-up.
    On September 3, 2011, the Packers released Harrell, but they re-signed him on September 4, 2011, to the practice squad.
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  • 2010
    Age 24
    Harrell signed with the Green Bay Packers on May 19, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was released on September 4, but was re-signed to the practice squad the next day. On December 18, Harrell was signed to the active roster due to an injury to Aaron Rodgers.
    After a brief stay in the CFL, Harrell requested to be released from his CFL contract to pursue his NFL options, and was released by the Roughriders on April 22, 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 23
    On July 20, 2009, Harrell signed a two-year plus an option contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, joining former Texas Tech teammate Eric Morris who had signed months earlier.
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    He participated with the Cleveland Browns in their rookie camp the first weekend in May 2009 but was not signed despite coach Eric Mangini giving Harrell praise.
    More Details Hide Details UFL Access reported that Harrell would work out in front of United Football League representatives in Las Vegas.
    Following his senior season at Texas Tech, Harrell entered the 2009 NFL Draft but went undrafted to the surprise of many.
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  • 2008
    Age 22
    Harrell has received multiple honors, including the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
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    On November 22, 2008, Harrell passed Ty Detmer to move into second for passing yardage in a career behind Timmy Chang.
    More Details Hide Details On January 2, 2009, Harrell played his final collegiate game, a 34-47 loss to Ole Miss in the 2009 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. In the game, Harrell finished his college career with an NCAA all-time record of 134 passing touchdowns, breaking the previous mark of 131 set by Colt Brennan. He also equaled Brennan's record of 147 career touchdowns passing, rushing, and receiving, a record that would be broken the following year by Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour. Harrell also compiled 5,111 passing yards in the season, becoming the first NCAA player to post multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons. Harrell holds 8 Individual NCAA records. See also NCAA records held by individual Red Raiders The NCAA Records book also mentions Graham Harrell for the following items: NCAA records reference (Last referenced for 2015 season)
    On October 25, 2008, Graham Harrell passed Philip Rivers to move into sole possession of third place for passing yardage in a career.
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    On December 13, 2008, the group toured the White House and met with President George W. Bush, who disclosed that he watches college football on a regular basis.
    More Details Hide Details Bush also told Leach that he frequently talks with his 1978 congressional election rival, Kent Hance, the Texas Tech chancellor.
    In December 2008, Harrell, Coach Mike Leach, Leach's wife, and Blayne Beal, the associate Tech media relations director, were in Baltimore for the presentation of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award to Harrell.
    More Details Hide Details While there, they received an invitation to Washington, D.C., to meet the president.
    On December 4, 2008, the American Football Coaches Association compiled its 2008 AFCA Coaches' All-American Team, with Harrell headlining the list.
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    On December 2, 2008, Harrell and teammate Michael Crabtree were named as Walter Camp Award finalists.
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    Following the 63–21 win over #18 Kansas on October 25, 2008, Harrell was again named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.
    More Details Hide Details Teammate Matt Williams was named the Special Teams Player of the Week. After Tech's 65–21 loss to Oklahoma, Harrell's chances of winning the Heisman were reduced. Harrell finished fourth in the Heisman race but did not receive an invitation to attend the presentation ceremony. Michael Crabtree finished fifth. In the final regular season game against Baylor, Harrell shattered two of his fingers (the pinkie and middle finger) of his non-throwing hand during the second quarter. At halftime, Harrell's hand was x-rayed, and medical examiners advised Harrell to discontinue playing in the game. Harrell replied, "Tape my hand up. I'm going out." Harrell played the rest of the game with black tape around his fingers. He finished with 309 total passing yards and two touchdowns. With the victory, Tech clinched a share of the Big 12 South title, though fell short at going to the Big 12 Championship Game. On the day following the Baylor game, Harrell underwent a four-hour surgery, in which 17 pins and two plates were inserted into his injured hand to heal nine different breaks. He was later cleared to play in the postseason bowl game.
    Following the inaugural game of the 2008 season, where Texas Tech defeated the Eastern Washington Eagles, 49–24, Harrell was selected as the AT&T ESPN All-America Player.
    More Details Hide Details After the Red Raiders 58–28 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats, Harrell received two more honors. He was recognized as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and the O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. During the game against Kansas State, Harrell broke the all-time record for passing yards at Texas Tech. The previous record, set by Kliff Kingsbury, was 12,429 yards. After the game, Harrell's record stood at 12,709 yards.
    Harrell, along with Coach Mike Leach and teammate Michael Crabtree were featured on the cover of the 2008 edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football.
    More Details Hide Details To support the Heisman campaign of both Harrell and Crabtree, Texas Tech created a website called PassOrCatch2008.com, which is modeled after political campaigns. The site garnered national attention and was awarded a Telly Award which honors the best in local, regional, and cable commercials and programs, as well as online videos, films, and commercials. After leading the Red Raiders to a victory over the #1 Texas Longhorns, Harrell and teammate Daniel Charbonnet were selected for Big 12 player of the week honors. Harrell also leaped McCoy to make it to the top of the Heisman poll. Harrell was also one of ten finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and one of thirteen finalists for the Davey O'Brien Award.
    Harrell was also named one of 26 candidates for the 2008 Unitas Award, given to the nation's best senior college football quarterback.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, his name appeared among 30 other quarterbacks in the Davey O'Brien Award watch list.
  • 2007
    Age 21
    Harrell passed on entering the 2007 NFL draft.
    More Details Hide Details He continued the success of the previous season, mainly due to the addition of All-American Wideout Michael Crabtree and the emergence of inside receivers Danny Amendola and Eric Morris. The Raiders started the season off with wins over the SMU Mustangs 49-9, the UTEP Miners 45-31, and the Rice Owls 59-24. Harrell then had a career day against the Oklahoma State Cowboys throwing for 5 touchdowns and 646 yards, however due to the poor play of the Tech defense, the Raiders lost to the Cowboys 49-45. Harrell was still given recognition as the AT&T player of the week for his performance despite the loss. The Raiders then reeled off lopsided wins over Northwestern State, Iowa State, and Texas A&M pushing their record to 6-1 and into the national rankings. Harrell being mentioned as a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. The Raiders then dropped two games to Missouri and Colorado which knocked Tech out of the national conversation, but rebounded to beat Baylor 38-7. Harrell led the Red Raiders into Austin, Texas to face off against Colt McCoy and the Texas Longhorns, in a back and forth affair that Texas won 59-43 by simply outscoring Tech. The Raiders upset the # 4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in Lubbock to finish the regular season 8-4 overall and 4-4 and third place in the Big 12 South. Tech was invited to the Gator Bowl where they knocked off a ranked Virginia Cavalier team 31-28 to finish 9-4 overall and ranked # 22 in the country.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    Harrell started in every game of the 2006 season, beating out classmate Chris Todd.
    More Details Hide Details Harrell got the Raiders off to a quick start with wins over Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at El Paso, Southeastern Louisiana University and conference rival the Texas A&M Aggies. The lone Red Raider loss was to Texas Christian University, 12-3 in the third game of the season. Despite the 4-1 start, Harrell was benched halfway through the next game due to poor play after the Raiders fell behind the Missouri Tigers 24-0, and Todd was inserted for two series. Harrell came back into the game and got the Raiders within 3 points before the half but struggled in the second half as Tech lost 38-21. The next week against a winless Colorado team that Tech was heavily favored to beat, Harrell once again was benched in favor of Todd for a 4 interception game resulting in a 30-6 loss. However, Harrell rebounded to throw for 6 touchdowns against the Iowa State Cyclones and then threw for 519 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Texas Longhorns in a narrow 35-31 loss. The Raiders finished the season with a 55-21 win against the Baylor Bears, a 34-24 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, and a 30-24 win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Texas Tech finished the regular season 7-5 (4-4 in the Big 12) and received an invitation to the 2006 Insight Bowl. The 7-5 Red Raiders faced off against the 6-6 Minnesota Golden Gophers at the 2006 Insight Bowl in Tempe, Arizona.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    The following season, he served as the backup quarterback behind another Texas Tech record setter, Cody Hodges, who led college football in passing yards in 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 18
    In 2004, Harrell redshirted his first season at Texas Tech.
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    He also played in the 2004 Oil Bowl, receiving the offensive MVP award.
    More Details Hide Details Harrell set Texas high school records in the following categories: In addition, Harrell ranks second in career pass completions (805 from 2000 - 2003).
  • 2001
    Age 15
    He was the starting quarterback for three seasons and led the Ennis Lions to a state Class 4A title as a sophomore in 2001.
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  • 2000
    Age 14
    Harrell is the son of Sam and Kathy Harrell. His grandfather served as assistant coach to Gordon Wood. Harrell has an older brother, Zac, who was a receiver on Ennis High's 2000 State Championship team, and is a graduate of the University of North Texas and coaches football on the high school level as he serves as Offensive Coordinator at Sweetwater High School in Sweetwater, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details Graham also has a younger brother, Clark Harrell, who played a year at quarterback for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Clark transferred to Abilene Christian University after his freshman season at Tulsa and graduated from ACU in 2011. Clark is now a defensive secondary coach at Sweetwater High School in Sweetwater, Texas Sam Harrell, Graham's father, was the highest paid high school coach in Texas as of the 2005-06 academic year. He coached at Reagan County (1990–1993) and Ennis (1994-2009) before retiring from coaching duties in December 2010 due to health problems. Sam returned to the sidelines after over 2 years of aggressive treatment for Multiple Sclerosis and coaches in Brownwood under Bob Shipley, father of Jacksonville Jaguars and former Texas wideout Jordan Shipley. Sam currently is the offensive coordinator for the Fort Worth Christian High School Cardinals. Harrell has been married to the former Brittney Tomlinson of Tyler, Texas since March 2012.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on May 22, 1985.
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