Former NFL Quarterback Joey Harrington Injured in Bicycle Accident

 
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Brain Injury

Former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington was involved in a bicycle accident in Portland, Oregon last Sunday night. While riding his bicycle, he was hit by an SUV, causing serious injuries. Harrington received treatment for a broken collar bone, punctured lung, and a cut on his head. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Harrington was riding home on his bicycle on a street that did not contain a bike lane. The driver of the SUV did not give him sufficient space and hit him from behind, causing Harrington to land on top of the vehicle. The driver remained at the scene with Harrington until police arrived. He received a citation for driving too close to another vehicle. Harrington was wearing a bike helmet at the time of the accident, which most likely prevented him from sustaining a serious brain injury.

Joey Harrington achieved his greatest success at the college level, leading the Oregon Ducks to a 25-3 record during his career as a starter, including a victory over the University of Colorado in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks finished that season ranked second in the nation.

He was then drafted third overall in 2002 by the Detroit Lions. Over a six year NFL career, he was unable to duplicate the same success he achieved at Oregon, compiling a 26-50 record for the Lions, Miami Dolphins, and Atlanta Falcons.