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Harrington
Grant Wahl
September 09, 2010
BEFORE HE BECAME THE LIONS' TOP PICK IN THE 2002 NFL DRAFT, BEFORE HE THREW FOR 3,000 YARDS IN '04 WITH DETROIT, AND BEFORE HE WAS NAMED ONE OF COSMOPOLITAN'S HOTTEST HUNKS, JOEY HARRINGTON BROUGHT HIS HOMEGROWN—AND WINNING—STYLE TO EUGENE
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September 09, 2010

Harrington

BEFORE HE BECAME THE LIONS' TOP PICK IN THE 2002 NFL DRAFT, BEFORE HE THREW FOR 3,000 YARDS IN '04 WITH DETROIT, AND BEFORE HE WAS NAMED ONE OF COSMOPOLITAN'S HOTTEST HUNKS, JOEY HARRINGTON BROUGHT HIS HOMEGROWN—AND WINNING—STYLE TO EUGENE

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Yet even a civil war—as the rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State is known—has its moments of détente. In June, Harrington and Smith rode together in the back of a Pontiac convertible, greeting 350,000 screaming Portlanders as the grand marshals of the Rose Festival Starlight Parade. They talked about family and school and golf. And the strangest thing happened. "It was a really fun deal," says Harrington. "Jonathan is a nice person, and it was good to see him outside the football atmosphere."

A pregnant pause follows. "Of course," says Harrington, looking ahead to when he and Smith are scheduled to meet on the field, "on December 1 that's out the window."

PEAKING DUCK

RECORD AT OREGON: 25-3

BOWL RECORD: 3-0

CAREER PASSING YARDS: 6,911

TD PASSES: 59

INTERCEPTIONS: 23

IN HIS senior season, Harrington threw for 2,519 yards and completed 58.8% of his passes, leading the Ducks to an 11-1 record capped by a Fiesta Bowl win. Oregon wound up No. 2 in the country, and Harrington finished fourth in Heisman voting.

AGAINST Oregon State that year, Harrington threw for just 104 yards on 22 passes but led the Ducks to a 17-14 win to clinch their first outright Pac-10 title since 1994.

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