Harrington: I played in Detroit, so I can handle getting hit by a car

Former Lions quarterback Joey Harrington was hospitalized two weeks ago when he got hit by an SUV while riding his bike. He’s now feeling better, and using the experience as an opportunity to make a joke about Detroit.

“I was laying in the ER. I’m in the neck brace on the board and just sayin, ‘Get me out of here,'” Harrington told KGW in Portland. “I kinda whispered to one of the trauma docs, ‘I played four years in Detroit. I can handle a car. Let’s get this thing moving.'”

The driver of the SUV was ticketed, and Harrington suffered a broken collarbone and punctured lung. But he says he’s feeling OK.

“I’m doing all right,” Harrington said. “Everything was contained to ribs and collarbone and lung, was all up in this area. It’s a pretty small portion of my body that’s hurting. But I can get around fine.”

Something he couldn’t always say behind the Lions’ offensive line.

33 responses to “Harrington: I played in Detroit, so I can handle getting hit by a car

  1. 1 of the 13 quarterbacks after Dan Marino that didn’t do crap for the Dolphins. The guy in the SUV shouldve hit him harder. haha jk….not really

  2. Please…. on a team with a better offensive line he may not have stunk so bad. Maybe he would have been better on a team with better coaching, management, front office and ownership. Don’t blame Detroit’s woes on Joey Harrington. He has the right to say getting hit by an SUV is easier than being the QB for the Lions.

  3. Drafted by Detroit, had to play in the abyss known as the “Millen Era” and gets hit by a freaking truck. I’d call that a nasty streak of bad luck. Get well soon Joey.

  4. joey joey joey.
    thats pretty damned funny (no really, it made me chuckle!).
    i am from detroit and I can name 300 people that would’ve LOVED to have been driving the suv lol.
    I always thought Harrington got screwed by having a coach (Mariucci) that had NO faith in him. He showed flashes of his old college self but Mooch wouldn’t adjust the game plan for his QB. Whats a guy to do but play piano and sing songs about the glory years of the Ducks

  5. He got what… $35 million for playing in Detroit?
    Wonder if he plans to get as much out of the insurance company for getting hit by a car.

    Is it more money if it was an SUV?
    Maybe he should spend a day with an SUH.

  6. I missed that story. Best wishes for his health.

    Reminds me of a quote from Dierdorf during a broadcast many years ago-

    “(team x) has ruined a lot of good football players”

  7. He never had a fair shot in detroit. He was surrounded by one of the worst teams in history with the worst management in history.

  8. If the guy would have been drafted by a decent team, with a good front office & coaching staff, his NFL career would have turned out in a more positive way.

  9. Lions fan here – Joey, sorry to hear your miss fortune and hope you get well soon. Having said that… you are a terrible QB. How are you going to take a shot at the Lions when you stink as a QB? Maybe if you weren’t a 1st round draft bust then your stay would have been more pleaseant. Clown. Get well thou.

  10. sadbengalsfan14 says:
    Aug 18, 2011 8:59 AM
    I bet you Jeff Backus was standing in front of Joey Harrington and whiffed on the block to the SUV. Deja vu all over again for Mr. Harrington.

    Great Line.

    Glad to hear he is doing well and has his sense of humor.

  11. No quarterback was going to succeed in the Millen regime. Cut the man some slack. Joey’s cool.

    If he’d been drafted by Detroit when Millen was running things, Peyton Manning’s face would have frozen that way. Oh, wait…

  12. I’m not going to defend Harrington much but i watched every game he was in because i used to tape them here is a few list of recievers he threw to that constantly dropped passes from him.
    Az Zahir Hakik, Tai Streets, Bill Schroeder, Mikael Ricks, Charles Rogers (when he wasnt hurt)

  13. jeffperk says:
    Aug 18, 2011 9:31 AM
    If the guy would have been drafted by a decent team, with a good front office & coaching staff, his NFL career would have turned out in a more positive way.
    Totally agree….Brett Favre was wasting away in Atlanta but got traded to the Packers and with the right organization backing him look what he did.

    The Packers (along with a lot of other teams)passed on Joe Montana 3 times in the 1979 draft. The 49ers were able to set up and offense best suited for Montana’s abilities (West Coast offense).

    Yes, talent goes a long ways but sometimes just being on the right team (or wrong team for that matter) can make or break a career, be a solid player or Hall of Fame player.

  14. Always liked Joey Blue Skies. He was not suited for Detroit… the team or the city. No matter how badly they treated him or how badly they lost, the guy remained positive. They heckled his mom in the stands for goodness sakes. Bastards!

    Millen and staff ruined your career. Glad they didn’t ruin you.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  15. So….if Joey being in Detroit is what ruined his career, why didn’t he do better in Miami? Atlanta? Make no mistake, the Lions were terrible under Millen, but Harrington certainly didn’t help his own cause.

    6 years in the league, 26-50 as a starter, including 8-13 with teams other than Detroit.

    Sorry, but talent shines through no matter where you play. Lack of talent is exposed, no matter where you play.

    Joey got exposed…..it’s why he’s no longer an NFL player.

  16. Ok guys, the Lions had the worst management, coaching staff, ownership and all that good stuff. He didn’t cut it in Miami, Atlanta and even Sean Payton didn’t see pontential in him in New Orleans. He couldn’t even make the team, he was a 3rd string QB behind Mark Brunell before he was released. Blame it on the Lions if you want but the team played better when he was replaced by Jeff Garcia. But he was Millens boy and they fired Mooch because he didn’t want to play him, did you ever think that maybe, just maybe he wasn’t a good QB?

  17. Man Detroit fans are sensitive. The guy shows a little black humor, and out come the shrieks of “you had no talent!” from the truly talentless and tasteless…

    Get better soon, Joey. Sounds like you’ve got a positive attitude.

  18. Not to belabor the point, but he was already ruined by the time he got to Miami. Some of you don’t know enough about NFL football to comment. The fact that he was able to go to Miami or anywhere else and win any games is laudable, after having his brain scrambled by opposing defenses, Detroit management and coaching staff and the fans. I don’t know that Joey would have been anything other than a serviceable QB, but his stint in Detroit ruined even that possibility. How do you think someone like Eli Manning would have faired under the Millen regime?

    As you were.

    Go Badgers! Go Lions!

  19. Awesome. Maybe the NFL QB thing didn’t really work out, but it sounds like Joey should look into a career in the broadcasting booth.

  20. Joey was just a wuss not meant to play NFL ball. He got sacked a total of 17 times in his first two seasons combined, so it was not like he got the David Carr treatment. From day 1 he was hesitant about contact and threw balls away at the slightest hint of a defender breathing on him.

    Nice guy that is smart and had the skills physically but didn’t have the mentality needed.

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