Joey Harrington

John Joseph Harrington Jr. (born October 21, 1978) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions third overall in the 2002 NFL Draft, where he played for most of his professional career. He played college football at Oregon.

In addition to the Lions, Harrington played for the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, and New Orleans Saints.

Joey Harrington
No. 3, 13
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:October 21, 1978 (age 40)
Portland, Oregon
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Central Catholic
(Portland, Oregon)
College:Oregon
NFL Draft:2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT:79–85
Passing yards:14,693
Passer rating:69.4
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Harrington was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Portland, and finished his high school career with more than 4,200 yards and 50 touchdowns rushing and passing.

Harrington's grandfather and father played quarterback for the Universities of Portland and Oregon, respectively, and upon hearing of Joey's birth, legendary Oregon Ducks' coach Len Casanova jokingly sent his parents a letter-of-intent.[1]

College career

Harrington is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and was a three-year starter on the Oregon Ducks football team. In his senior season at Oregon, he threw for 2,415 yards and 23 touchdowns, and he finished his college career with a 25-3 record (including bowl wins against #12 Texas and #3 Colorado), 512 completions in 928 attempts (55.2%), 6,911 passing yards, 59 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, and 210 rushing yards and 18 scores on 145 carries. A Business Administration major with a 3.23 GPA (twice earning honors with a 3.34 GPA),[2][3] Harrington's 7,121 yards of total offense rank third in University of Oregon history.

Harrington finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 2001, following a campaign for the award that included a billboard in Times Square promoting him as "Joey Heisman."[4] He earned numerous honors, including first-team All-American, Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, and second-team honors from The Sporting News. He was one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2001. EA Sports selected him for the cover of the 2003 edition of their NCAA Football video game series.

Harrington's best collegiate game was arguably the 2002 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona when he threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns and helped lead the Ducks to a 38-16 victory over Colorado. Harrington was named offensive player of the game.

Harrington's worst game was arguably the 2000 Civil War in which he passed 24-36 for 333 yards, but threw five interceptions. Three of those interceptions were by Oregon State defensive back Jake Cookus. #8 Oregon State ultimately won 23-13 over then-#6 Oregon.

College statistics

Passing Rushing
Year Team GP Cmp Att Pct Yards TDs Int Rush yards Rush TDs
1998 Oregon 2 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 Oregon 8 84 158 53.2 1,180 10 3 30 4
2000 Oregon 12 214 405 52.8 2,967 22 14 124 7
2001 Oregon 12 214 364 58.8 2,764 27 6 56 7
College Totals 34 512 928 55.2 6,911 59 23 210 18

Professional career

Detroit Lions

Harrington was selected by the Detroit Lions with the third pick overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. Harrington took over for incumbent Mike McMahon late in the Lions' Week 1 loss against the Miami Dolphins and became the Lions' starting quarterback shortly thereafter, finishing that year with a 50.1 completion percentage, a ratio of 12 touchdowns to 16 interceptions, and a 59.9 quarterback rating; the Lions finished the season with a 3–13 record. He was named the 2002 recipient of the Detroit Lions/Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Rookie of the Year Award.

Harrington's career in Detroit was largely unsuccessful. Front office mismanagement, woeful offensive line protection, lack of talent at other skill positions, and an erratic philosophical change in the team's identity to a conservative West Coast Offense (WCO) oriented attack under Head Coach Steve Mariucci may have played a factor in Harrington not realizing his potential professionally. Harrington's best season as a Lion came in 2004, when he threw for 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Lions started the season with a 4–2 record, but Harrington led the team to only two more wins the rest of the season. The Lions finished 6–10 and missed the playoffs for the fifth season in a row.

On October 23, 2005, Mariucci chose to bench Harrington in favour of veteran Jeff Garcia for the team's game against the Cleveland Browns to try to provide a spark to the team's 2–3 start. The Lions won 13–10, and Garcia rushed for Detroit's only touchdown. After yet another dismal offensive performance, Mariucci declared that Garcia would remain the starter. That marked the first time since the 2002 season that Harrington did not appear in a Lions' game, breaking a string of 37 consecutive appearances. Harrington regained the starting role the week after Garcia threw a game-ending interception returned for a touchdown in overtime against Chicago. Harrington started again for Detroit on November 13, 2005, against the Arizona Cardinals, throwing for three touchdowns without an interception in the Lions' 29–21 win. Harrington was voted by Lions fans as their Offensive Player of the Year, according to the Lions' official website. Despite his difficult times in Detroit, he remained unwaveringly optimistic and was thus dubbed "Joey Blue-Skies" and "Joey Sunshine" by sarcastic Lions' fans and beat writers who grew tired of his predictable post-game commentary as the losses continued to mount.

Trade to Miami

After the 2005 season, Detroit signed free agents Jon Kitna and Josh McCown, and traded Harrington to the Miami Dolphins on May 12, 2006, for a fifth-round draft pick in 2007, after meeting performance stipulations in Miami (the pick was later traded to the New Orleans ). Harrington started the 2006 season as a backup behind new Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper. During his tenure with the Lions, Harrington started 55 games and had a record of 18 wins and 37 losses.[5]

Miami Dolphins

In 2006, Harrington did not play in the Dolphins' first four games, backing up Culpepper. Culpepper injured his shoulder prior to Miami's fifth game against the New England Patriots, forcing Harrington into the starting role. Harrington lost his first three starts, before leading Miami to a 31–13 win over the previously unbeaten (7–0 at the time) Chicago Bears. Harrington followed that game with four consecutive victories. In perhaps his most memorable game professionally, Harrington capped off this winning streak in front of a national television audience on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit with a 27–10 victory at Ford Field against his former team. Harrington passed for 3 touchdowns and 213 yards against Detroit, compiling a passer rating of 107.4, his highest single game rating for 2006. Harrington struggled after the Lions' game. Against the Buffalo Bills in Week 15, Harrington went 5-for-17 for 20 yards, throwing two interceptions. His passer rating for the game was 0.0, the minimum possible under the complex NFL formula. Harrington was pulled midway through Miami's next game against the New York Jets, replaced in the 13–10 Christmas night loss by Cleo Lemon. Harrington did not appear in Miami's Week 17 finale against the Indianapolis Colts. Overall, Harrington played in and started eleven games, leading Miami to a 5–6 record (Miami finished 6–10 for the season as a whole).

Atlanta Falcons

On April 9, 2007, Harrington agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons to compete with D. J. Shockley and Chris Redman to be the backup quarterback to Michael Vick.[6]

Harrington was elevated to starting quarterback after the suspension of Vick for the 2007 NFL season. Harrington performed well in the preseason, but after going 0-2, Atlanta signed former Jacksonville starting quarterback Byron Leftwich as a possible replacement for Harrington. During the Week 3 Atlanta home opener against the division rival Carolina Panthers, Harrington completed 31-of-44 passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 110.1 passer rating in a 27–20 loss. In Week 4, Harrington improved on his numbers with a 121.7 passer rating, completing 23-of-29 passes for two touchdowns with no interceptions, leading the Falcons to their first win of the 2007 season.

On March 5, 2008, the Falcons released Harrington in a salary cap move. He was re-signed by the team seven days later[7] but was again released in August after the Falcons completed their preseason schedule.[8]

New Orleans Saints

Harrington signed with the New Orleans Saints on September 19, 2008.[9] He was the third-string quarterback behind Drew Brees and Mark Brunell for one game against the Denver Broncos. He was released only five days later on September 24, 2008, due to increasing injuries on the Saints roster.[10] After the Saints' injury situation became more manageable, Harrington was re-signed on October 1, but was cut again on October 6.[11] He once again re-signed with the Saints on October 12, 2008, as an inactive third-string quarterback.[11]

On March 30, 2009, Harrington was re-signed to a one-year deal by the Saints. He was released by the team again on September 5, 2009.

After being cut by the Saints, Harrington would not sign with another NFL team.

Performance questions

Harrington was first given the label of "Savior" by fans and media in Detroit - then deemed a "bust" when he did not meet high expectations. Many speculate that his premature start in the NFL, along with lack of surrounding talent, poor coaching, and questionable offensive lines have affected his performance severely. Many other quarterbacks, such as Tim Couch and David Carr, were also drafted highly and eventually lost their starting jobs.[12][13]

In 2005, NFL analyst and Hall Of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman wrote that Harrington "can still be a really good quarterback in this league," and does not deserve the blame for what happened in Detroit: "The focus on Joey's play has given every other player a hall pass, and that's not right."[14]

Phil Simms, a CBS Sports analyst and Super Bowl MVP, said in 2006 that Harrington got a bad rap in Detroit. "I am not a Joey Harrington basher," "The quarterback can't overcome bad coaching and bad players."[15] Former Miami Dolphins quarterback and television analyst Dan Marino said that he did not believe that Harrington had the necessary pieces around him in Detroit to be successful, but that he might be OK in a different place.

When Lions head coach Steve Mariucci was fired by general manager Matt Millen, Lions cornerback Dré Bly told Rich Eisen in an NFL Total Access interview that he blamed Harrington for the dismissal of Mariucci.[16] Bly later apologized to the Lions, but not to Harrington.[17]

Some fingers were also pointed at the Lions' management and coaching staff. Jeff Garcia publicly questioned the Lions' front office, saying on WXYT that "You start to question whether the organization has the people in place who can go about making the proper selections."[18] Howie Long, analyst for FOX Sports said that Matt Millen made a mistake by drafting Harrington, and then again in the offseason before the 2005 season by signing Garcia instead of Brad Johnson.

Career statistics

Year Team Games Games started Completions Attempts Completion % Yards Yards/Attempt Touchdowns Interceptions Rating
2002 DET 14 12 215 429 50.1 2,294 5.3 12 16 59.9
2003 DET 16 16 309 554 55.8 2,880 5.2 17 22 63.9
2004 DET 16 16 274 489 56.0 3,047 6.2 19 12 77.5
2005 DET 12 11 188 330 57.0 2,021 6.1 12 12 72.0
2006 MIA 11 11 223 388 57.5 2,236 5.8 12 15 68.2
2007 ATL 12 10 215 348 61.8 2,215 6.4 7 8 77.2
Total: 81 76 1,424 2,538 56.1 14,693 5.8 79 85 69.4

Personal life

Harrington married Emily Hatten on March 10, 2007. They have known each other since high school but did not begin dating until after he had graduated from college. They have two sons, John "Jack" Patrick Harrington, born in 2009, and Emmet Harrington, born in 2012. Emily is a nurse practitioner, and Harrington spoke about them opening a medical clinic to serve the homeless in Portland, after he retired from football.[19] One of Harrington's nicknames is "Piano Man," referring to the fact that he is an accomplished jazz pianist who has occasionally performed with artists such as Jason Mraz, Blues Traveler, and Third Eye Blind.[20] On February 1, 2008, Harrington appeared as a guest chef on a special Super Bowl episode of The Rachael Ray Show.[21] Harrington is a distant cousin of professional golfer Pádraig Harrington and professional poker player Dan Harrington.[22] Harrington's brother, Michael, played football at the University of Idaho, and was also a quarterback.

Harrington was the guest on the February 2, 2008, episode NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, as a guest during the 'Not My Job' segment.[23]

Harrington and his family moved back to Portland after his release from the Saints in September 2009. He is spending more time with his wife and family, and the numerous charities in which he is involved.[24]

On July 31, 2011, Harrington was struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle in Portland, Oregon. Harrington suffered a broken collarbone and a punctured lung and fractured his first two ribs below his collarbone and also got six staples in his head behind his right ear due to the accident.[25]

Broadcasting

In 2009, Harrington worked as an NFL and college football commentator for Fox Sports Radio. In 2010, he served as a color analyst for Oregon Ducks football games on Oregon Sports Network. Currently, Harrington is a college football analyst for Fox College Football on FX and Fox. He is also a general assignment reporter with KGW Television on a part-time basis in Portland, Oregon.[26]

Philanthropy

Harrington established the Harrington Family Foundation in 2003 as a nonprofit organization with the goal of supporting youth education and activities as well as other miscellaneous benefits. Harrington's parents, John and Valerie Harrington, run the foundation.[27]

The foundation began with a portion of Joey’s signing bonus with the Detroit Lions. It raises further money by selling memorabilia items and booking events. After being given the New York Times Square "Joey Heisman" billboard by the former Oregon Ducks Athletic Director Bill Moos, he proceeded to cut it up and sell the pieces for charity. All the proceeds from the sales went toward scholarships for the University of Oregon.[28]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Harrington,". Sports Illustrated. November 13, 2001. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Burton, Rick (March 2002). "Superior Student Athletes". Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon. Archived from the original on April 17, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  3. ^ "Joey Harrington, QB - Oregon". USA Today. April 20, 2002. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  4. ^ "Detroit Lions Site: Joey Harrington". Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  5. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (May 12, 2006). "Harrington sent to Dolphins for draft pick". ESPN. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  6. ^ "Former No. 1 pick Harrington agrees to Falcons deal". ESPN. April 9, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  7. ^ Falcons re-sign Harrington 1 week after cutting him (– Scholar search). Fox Sports. March 12, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2008.
  8. ^ Falcons keep Shockley, cut Harrington. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. August 30, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2008.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=nfl/news/news.aspx?id=4181719 Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 20, 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ G, Derrick. "Does Tim Couch Deserve To Be Labeled an All-Time Bust?". bleacherreport.com.
  13. ^ "Huge mistakes: The 25 biggest NFL draft busts of past 15 years". usatoday.com.
  14. ^ Aikman, Troy (September 29, 2005). "Harrington doesn't deserve all the blame". The Sporting News. Archived from the original on March 28, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  15. ^ Simms, Phil (October 10, 2006). "Simms sounds off". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  16. ^ "Corner Bly blames Mariucci firing on QB". ESPN.com. November 29, 2005.
  17. ^ "Homepage". msnbc.com. August 23, 2015.
  18. ^ "Bly points finger for firing at Harrington". ESPN. November 29, 2005. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  19. ^ Chris Colston, "Harrington may be on final chance in Atlanta," USA Today, August 9, 2007.
  20. ^ Stacey Pressman, "From the pigskin to the piano," Archived August 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine ESPN.com, August 30, 2004.
  21. ^ Philip Zaroo, "Joey Harrington gets yum-o with Rachael Ray," Mlive.com, February 2, 2008.
  22. ^ Spousta, Tom (March 3, 2005). "Padraig Harrington goes clubbin' in USA". USA Today.
  23. ^ "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!". npr.org.
  24. ^ Eggers, Kerry (October 29, 2009). "Harrington 'incredibly happy' back home". Portland Tribune. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  25. ^ "Yahoo Sports NFL". sports.yahoo.com.
  26. ^ "Joey Harrington Bio". KGW Newschannel 8. KGW. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  27. ^ Vondersmith, Jason (May 23, 2003). "Harrington lends a hand to next generation". Portland Tribune. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  28. ^ Rovell, Darren (June 16, 2003). "Former Oregon QB auctions Times Square billboard". ESPN. Retrieved March 25, 2009.

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1999 Sun Bowl

The 1999 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl featured the Oregon Ducks and the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

2000 Holiday Bowl

The 2000 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 29, 2000 in San Diego, California. It was part of the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the Oregon Ducks and the Texas Longhorns. Oregon won the game by a final score of 35–30.

2000 Oregon Ducks football team

The 2000 Oregon Ducks football team represented the University of Oregon during the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Ducks were led by sixth year head coach Mike Bellotti and participated as members of the Pacific-10 Conference. They played their home games at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Their roster on offense included quarterbacks Joey Harrington and A. J. Feeley, runningbacks Maurice Morris, Allan Amundson, Ryan Shaw, and Josh Line, receivers Marshaun Tucker, Sonny Cook, Cy Aleman, and tight ends Justin Peelle and Lacorey Collins.

2001 Oregon Ducks football team

The 2001 Oregon Ducks football team represented the University of Oregon during the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. Games were played at Autzen Stadium for its 34th season. The stadium was undergoing its fourth and current renovation and expansion from 41,698 in capacity to 54,000 (with standing room for 60,000).

2002 Detroit Lions season

The 2002 Detroit Lions season was the 73rd season in franchise history. It was the Lions’ inaugural season at the new Ford Field in Downtown Detroit and their first in the city since the team left Tiger Stadium after the 1974 season. Following the season, Marty Mornhinweg was fired and Steve Mariucci was hired as the Lions' head coach. The Lions entered the 2002 season looking to improve on their 2–14 record from 2001 and make the playoffs for the first time since 1999. They improved on their record, winning 3 games, but continued to disappoint, as the Lions began the season 0–3. By week 9, the Lions had a 3–5 record after a win over the Dallas Cowboys. However, after that win, the Lions lost their remaining 8 games to finish the season 3–13 and failed to reach the playoffs. The Lions also went 0–8 on the road for the second straight season. As a result, Marty Mornhinweg was fired after the season. In his 2 seasons as head coach, the Lions went 5–27 for a winning percentage of .156.

2002 Fiesta Bowl

The 2002 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, played on January 1, 2002, was the 31st edition of the Fiesta Bowl. The game was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona between the Colorado Buffaloes (ranked #3 in the BCS) and the Oregon Ducks (ranked #4 in the BCS). Oregon was ranked #2 in both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll, leading to some controversy that Oregon should have played for the 2002 BCS National Championship.

In the game, Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington threw for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns and led the Ducks to a 38–16 victory. Harrington was named offensive player of the game. Oregon cornerback Steve Smith had three interceptions, a Fiesta Bowl record, and was named defensive player of the game.This was the first edition of the Fiesta Bowl to match two schools from the Western United States. Previous editions had either only one representative from the West, or none.

Colorado and Oregon became conference rivals when the Buffaloes joined Oregon's conference, the Pac-12 Conference (formerly the Pacific-10 Conference), in 2011.

2003 Detroit Lions season

The 2003 Detroit Lions season was the 74th season in franchise history.

Prior to the season, the Lions hired Steve Mariucci, who was well known for his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, as their head coach. He spent two and a half seasons with the Lions until his firing in November 2005.

The season saw the team draft Charles Rogers with the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. However, on-and-off the field issues, and later injuries, interrupted his career. He was released by the Lions in 2006, and immediately went out of the NFL. Much like quarterback Ryan Leaf, Rogers remains one of the biggest draft busts in the contemporary NFL.

2005 Detroit Lions season

The 2005 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 76th season in the National Football League, and their 82nd as the Detroit Lions.

The season began with the team attempting to improve on their 6–10 record in 2005. However, they were unable to improve their 2004 record and fell to 5—11.

The Lions began the 2005 season with a win over the rival Packers 17-3. However, the next week, the Lions were throttled, 38-6, by the Bears in Chicago. By week 10, the Lions had a 4-5 record after they had defeated the Arizona Cardinals 29-21 at home. However, the Lions lost 5 straight games following the win, and were eliminated from the playoffs with a 16-13 overtime loss to the Packers. The Lions would win one more game for the rest of the season, which was a 13-12 win over the Saints. The season concluded with a 35-21 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Steelers.

During the season, after the Lions lost 27-7 on Thanksgiving Day to the Atlanta Falcons, the Lions fired Steve Mariucci, and hired Dick Jauron to be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

2005 Oregon Ducks football team

In 2005, Oregon had success behind senior quarterback Kellen Clemens and a new spread offense. During a game at Arizona, Clemens suffered a broken ankle. At that point Oregon was 8-1 (their only loss was to #1 ranked USC 45-13, the loss was vacated in 2010), and still in the hunt for a BCS game. Oregon won their final three games and their success led them into contention for a bid to the Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks finished the regular season with a 10-1 record, their best finish since their Joey Harrington-led, Fiesta Bowl-winning 2001–2002 team. They finished 5th overall in the BCS ranking system, which would in many years have been high enough to earn them a bid to a BCS Bowl. In 2005, however, there were no at-large bids available to Oregon. Ohio State finished just ahead of the Ducks, in 4th place, guaranteeing them one of the at-large berths (although they had an inferior 10-2 record). Notre Dame finished 6th in the BCS, also securing a BCS bid due to a pre-existing clause in the BCS contract. Many college football fans were outraged that two teams with worse records were selected over the Ducks. Moreover, for the second consecutive year, the Pac-10 conference had a team that finished with a one-loss season snubbed by the BCS (the Cal Bears finished 10-1 in 2004). It was later demonstrated that Oregon drew the highest bowl ratings in college football, calling the argument that TV ratings hurt the Ducks' BCS chances into question. The situation (and others like it in recent years) has led to more calls for a playoff system to replace the BCS, which has received widespread criticism from college football fans. Instead of a BCS game, they were assigned to the 2005 Holiday Bowl versus the Oklahoma Sooners. Playing without their starting quarterback, Kellen Clemens, and combined with a strong showing from the Sooners, the Ducks fell in a close game, 17-14.

2006 Miami Dolphins season

The 2006 Miami Dolphins season began with the team trying to improve on their 9–7 record in 2005. Instead, they finished the season 6–10 after being hyped by some to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, and saw their coach Nick Saban abandon his contract to coach college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide, despite saying repeatedly that he would stay in Miami.

This season was also best known for the Dolphins almost signing former San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees, as they were one of the two teams (the other being the New Orleans Saints) interested in acquiring the released quarterback. However the Dolphins later declined the idea after doctors informed them that Brees’ shoulder injury was too severe, and they ended up signing Daunte Culpepper instead. Brees ended up signing with the Saints instead, led them to their first Super Bowl title in 2010, and is believed by many is the greatest Saint of all time. Many believe that if Brees signed with the Dolphins, they would've made it to a Super Bowl, would compete with the Patriots for the AFC East title, and that Saban and Brees would've been the Dolphins' best team since the Shula/Marino eras.

2007 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2007 Atlanta Falcons season was the 42nd season for the franchise in the National Football League (NFL). They finished the 2007 season with a record of 4–12 and failed to improve upon their 7–9 record in 2006 after finishing third place in the NFC South.

The team attempted to overcome the controversy surrounding starting quarterback Michael Vick and his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring. Bobby Petrino was hired to help develop Vick into a more complete quarterback, but with Vick's absence, journeyman quarterbacks Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich were used to patch-in holes. Petrino's game plan didn't fit, both on the field and in the locker room, with veteran players Alge Crumpler and DeAngelo Hall voicing their displeasure.

Petrino later resigned just 13 games into the season to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks. Petrino resigned the day after Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and also a day after Petrino coached the Falcons in a 34–14 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.

Cleo Lemon

Cleo Lemon, Jr. (born August 16, 1979) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. He most recently played for the Toronto Argonauts. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at Arkansas State.Lemon was also a member of the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, and Toronto Argonauts.

Dan Harrington

Dan Harrington (born December 6, 1945) is a professional poker player, best known for winning the Main Event at the 1995 World Series of Poker. He has earned one World Poker Tour title, two WSOP bracelets, and over six million dollars in tournament cashes in his poker career. He is also a member of the Poker Hall of Fame.Harrington chose his own nickname "Action Dan" even though he is known for being a tight conservative player. He is a distant cousin to both professional golfer Pádraig Harrington and former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington.

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O (gesture)

The "O" is a gesture used predominantly at the University of Oregon (UO) in Eugene, Oregon, United States, and at events in which the school's athletic teams, the Oregon Ducks, are taking part. The gesture, in which the forefinger and thumb of each hand are pressed together to form an "O" shape, is used to show support for the team. First used by University of Oregon band directors as a cue to indicate the song to be played, it gained its current meaning after a photograph of quarterback Joey Harrington appeared on the front page of The Oregonian making the "O" sign with his hands.

Oregon Ducks football statistical leaders

The Oregon Ducks football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Oregon Ducks football program in various categories, including passing rushing receiving total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Ducks represent the University of Oregon in the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference.

Although Oregon began competing in intercollegiate football in 1894, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun around 1940. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1940, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Ducks have played in a bowl game in 14 of the seasons since this decision, allowing players on recent teams an extra game to accumulate statistics. In fact, the Ducks played in 2 bowl games as part of the inaugural College Football Playoff after the 2014 season. Similarly, the Ducks have played in the Pac-12 Championship Game twice in the four years it has existed, giving players in 2011 and 2014 yet another chance to increase their stat totals.

Oregon has run a high-octane, up-tempo spread offense recently, causing the Ducks to shatter offensive records. The Ducks have had over 5,000 yards of total offense 17 times, all since 1997. The Ducks have broken the 6000-yard barrier eight times as a team, all since 2007. The Ducks eclipsed 7,000 yards in 2011 and 2013, and topped 8,000 yards in 2014.Career and single-season lists are updated through the end of the 2017 season.

Scott Mitchell (quarterback)

William Scott Mitchell (born January 2, 1968) is a former professional American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League for 12 seasons. He played for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL, and also the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football. Mitchell played college football for the University of Utah.

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