Harrington Ignores Boo Birds

The hometown crowd can be a huge asset to a team if things are going well, but it can also be brutal -- especially to the quarterback -- when things are going poorly.

(ALLEN PARK) -- The hometown crowd can be a huge asset to a team if things are going well, but it can also be brutal -- especially to the quarterback -- when things are going poorly.

Lions quarterback Joey Harrington has a few experiences when things have gone well, but he has gotten a few healthy doses of boos as well, most recently in the 38-10 loss to Green Bay on Sunday.

Harrington tossed for just 101 yards and ran for 12, often throwing behind receivers on route to his 12 completions. He also had one interception that was returned for a touchdown. The performance didn't exactly garner a positive response.

But that won't keep the third-year quarterback from staying competitive. Harrington said he learned from watching the Packers in their 48-27 Monday night loss to Tennessee, in which Brett Favre and the Packers were booed.

"I learned watching last week, if they'll boo you at Lambeau Field with the best quarterback, the best active quarterback in the game right now, who has provided Super Bowls, playoff wins, more excitement and more consistent winning than anybody in the game right now ... if they can boo him there, you can get booed anywhere," Harrington said.

"Do I think it's right? No. Can I change it? No. But that's not going to affect the way I play. Of course, it's nice when the fans are behind you, but it's become part of today's game."

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