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Aug 4, 2011

Joey Harrington Injured in Cycling Accident

Remember those guys in high school that were giant assholes, but they were still popular because they were kind of good at sports. But they never made it at the college level and by 23 they had discovered if they ever wanted to be an asshole with any kind of respect again they’d have to join the military or become cops. Well when you failed your way out of the NFL with a few million dollars in your pocket becoming a dick cop or GENO (inside joke) isn’t really in the cards. 

So what is Joey Harrington to do? Harrington was the #3 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. After the Lions gave up on him he floated around the league as a backup to several teams, he even got another chance to start in Atlanta after Michael Vick was busted for dog fighting, but by 2009 he was out of the league. All that being said Harrington was still a very good college QB at Oregon and spent 7 more years in the NFL than most will. Not to mention he made some very good money while doing it. That should be good enough right? 

Nope, after failing out of the NFL Harrington needed a new way to support his fragile ego. Where to turn? You got it, cycling. Harrington moved back to Portland after his last NFL stint and is spending his days annoying drivers in the last place anyone respected him, Oregon. Or he was anyway. Until this:

From the AP: Former Oregon Ducks and NFL quarterback Joey Harrington was injured when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle while bicycling in southeast Portland on Sunday night.

Harrington is hospitalized with a broken collar bone, a punctured lung and a cut on his head. He is expected to remain in the hospital until Tuesday.

Portland police say the 33-year-old Harrington was hit from behind by a passing SUV driven by a 26-year-old man who remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. The man was cited for following too close.

Harrington led the Ducks to victory in the Fiesta Bowl his senior season and was a Heisman Trophy finalist. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and played for three other teams over eight seasons in the NFL.

Harrington was best known for one thing in the NFL, besides being a giant bust: making low percentage, high risk throws. He had 85 career INTs in 81 career games. Is it any surprise that when you take a guy like that and put him on a bike, in spandex, in downtown Portland, he may end up in the hospital, if not the morgue? 
Harrington during better days, getting booed mercilessly by Detroit fans.

Normally I don’t like to call out specific incidents where cyclists are injured or killed. It’s bad enough that their selfishness has caused such distress and hardship for their families; I don’t like to add to it by using them as an example. But since Harrington put himself in the public eye I will make an exception here. Joey Harrington may not have been a Hall of Fame pro quarterback but he was more successful than about 99% of the population. That should have been good enough for him. But it wasn’t. Much like that asshole you went to school with, he needed that ego boost he got in high school and college from being the popular jock. Only difference is that instead of joining the local police force, he decided to take up cycling. And it almost cost him his life. 

I have to ask again, is it really worth it? I get it; cyclists like to drive around causing havoc on the roads, because it involves the world revolving around them. It makes them feel important, a feeling they can’t get from their daily lives of failure.  But when it may mean your children have to grow up without a father, why do it? Is your ego so fragile that you will risk making an orphan of your children, just to bring traffic in downtown Portland to a screeching halt? The answer for Harrington, and many more, is obviously yes. 

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  1. Well written, if Joey "Heisman" as he still calls himself would check his ego at the door, he would realize the potential damage his reckless decisions could have upon others.

    Doubt it happens, someone so self involved will unlikely ever change his ways

  2. Just what the hell is your problem? Have you EVER met anyone that rides on a DAILY basis? I doubt it. Evidently your experiences are based upon those "Spandex Warriors" that LOVE to get out and THINK they own the road. And then whine and cry when they don't get their way.

    Well, I ride, DAILY, I do NOT own any Spandex, nor would I want to. My bike is not something that sees the light of day ONLY when the sun is shining.

    I try and use sidewalks as much as possible as, frankly, drivers around here are assholes. AND, believe it or not, I actually STOP at traffic lights and stop signs.

    The "Spandex Warriors" give a bad name to those that ride on a regular basis. I do not agree with they way that they ride. I don't belong to any of their sorry-ass organizations and I doubt they would like me anyway as I would have to call them out on a LOT of things that they do.

    Perhaps you should try contacting someone that is a REAL cyclist and not some "Spandex Warrior" trying to see how fast he can go.

  3. I received EXACTLY the response I expected....absolutely NOTHING. I can only surmise that you are only interested in slamming cycle riders. Pompous-ass SOB that you are....

  4. have fun failing at your attempt to get cyclists off the road. you stand absolutely zero chance of success. cycling accidents happen as a result of an automobile hitting them - if the bike is in front of you, they are legally occupying the lane as a vehicle. imagine it was a buick sedan with going under the speed limit - would you run into it? i think not.
    now recast the argument for the bicycle not being visible enough onto the argument of motorcycles on the road. compare the two. now you will have to separate any safety issues of motorcycles away from that of bicycles in order to gain any real footing.
    roads are publicly owned travel space - not legally designated as motorbound travel only. and definitely not built for people only willing to travel at, near, or above the speed limit. thats why its the speed limit, thats the fastest you can go legally. only highways have minimum speed limits - enacting them on roads with regular intersections is impractical as well as nigh impossible, or even remotely arguable.
    your argument lacks any original framework for building a case, until you begin down that long road, you are just another echo bouncing off a wall.

  5. You wrote;

    "he needed that ego boost he got in high school and college from being the popular jock. Only difference is that instead of joining the local police force, he decided to take up cycling. "

    You are one VERY strange person, with a unique perspective of reality. Please find a decent counselor. If that doesn't work, find one that can proscribe meds. Really...

  6. What a douche. In the old days nobody would have known this guy except for the neighbors who had to tell their children to stay away from the creepy guy down the street. But now we have the internet and dillhole here gets to prove to the whole world that he has issues.

  7. To the idiot who compaired a bicycle to a motorcycle...when is the last time you saw a motorcycle blaze through a stop sign? Or drive 15 in a 45? GTFO the road!!! Oh yeah, and JOEY! JOEY! JOEY! GO DUCKS!To the idiot who compaired a bicycle to a motorcycle...when is the last time you saw a motorcycle blaze through a stop sign? Or drive 15 in a 45? GTFO the road!!! Oh yeah, and JOEY! JOEY! JOEY! GO DUCKS!

  8. Here in the Netherlands many highly educated people ride bikes. Most of the people I know who have no drivers license (although being old enough to have one) are university graduates.