(Allen Park) – Joey Harrington, the Lions first round pick has shown a lot of
skills and class in his first few practices at the Lions Training Camp in Allen Park.
Harrington signed a six-year deal worth 36.5 million with a $6-million signing bonus
and $7-million option bonus to be paid in 2003 yesterday and then joined his teammates on
It is the skills and dedication both on and off the field that makes Harrington so special. Before the NFL draft in April some of his friends were trying to set him up on dates, but he told them that he didn't have time for a girlfriend then because he had to focus on football, his skills and preparation for the upcoming NFL draft. Then after he was drafted with the third overall pick, Harrington said that he would not be a hold out and would sign a contract so that he could be in training camp on time.
"I wasn't part of the negotiations, but every day when I checked in, I reiterated that I wanted to be there on time. It's really important for me to be here. There are things I learn out here every day," said Harrington. "I knew it was going to be done. I gave people my word and I said I'd be here."
Well, Detroit Lions fans and the team is happy that Harrington was signed on time and now he can start the task at hand, which is getting ready for the season, and the quarterback position in the NFL. Most fans and media think that it won't be long before Harrington is the starter for the Detroit Lions. But Harrington recognizes that it is not going to be so easy.
"It is a whole new offense," said Harrington. "I've got a lot of learning to do. I've got a lot of experience to gain."
But Harrington is not willing just to accept the back-up role and he is not going to give up the fight for the starting quarterback job. He wants to be the starter and wants to be on the field, but he knows that everyone wants to be on the field but not everyone can be. But that doesn't mean Harrington is any less driven.
"I know that everyone wants to play but everyone can not be on the field," said Harrington. "I'm a very competitive person. I expect everything I do to be perfect. That's all part of the competition."
Harrington is very competitive with himself in anything he does; he loves golf and loves football. He strives from perfection in both, and that should bring a smile to the fan of the Lions as well as the organization.
"I expect everything I do on the field to be perfect, that is a goal that I'm striving for. I'm still shooting for that perfect game," said Harrington.
Lions' fans can only hope that Harrington has many perfect games in his career. But when he first gets on the field in a regular season or makes his first career NFL start all that remains to be seen.
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