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Harrington not fazed by SI cover

Lions' rookie quarterback Joey Harrington -- who was featured in a Cosmopolitan article as one of the USA's "hottest hunks" last month -- is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. And he's not worried about it in the least. The SI cover pictures Joey, with the quote, "I <i>know</i> I can play in this league."

Lions' rookie quarterback Joey Harrington -- who was featured in a Cosmopolitan article as one of the USA's "50 hottest hunks'' last month -- is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. And he's not worried about it in the least.

"I think it's cool," he said.

Harrington says he chooses to not believe in the so-called SI jinx.

"I was on the cover before last college football season," he said. "That wasn't a curse. I think we did alright. "It's mental. If you want to believe in the curse, then you believe in it. If you don't, you don't."

The only difference between on the cover of SI and featured as an elegible bachelor in Cosmo -- as Harrington sees it -- is that he doesn't expect to get nearly as much kidding from his teammates over the SI cover. And he says he doesn't think it puts any addition pressure on him to produce, although he is listed with Drew Brees of San Diego, Michael Vick of Atlanta, David Carr of Houston and Tom Brady of New England as the NFL's "Best Crop of QBs in 20 Years."

"I don't think it changes anything,'' he said. "People are already watching the NFL, people are already watching the Detroit Lions, so it really doesn't change anything. You just go out and play, it doesn't affect you."


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