Graham Harrell: Role Model, Man, Quarterback,

jadon reynoldsContributor INovember 13, 2009

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Graham Harrell #6 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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This week I've been thinking about Graham Harrell allot and I realized the first thing that comes to mind about this great man is that to many red raider fans he is a role model the kinda guy that you look up to or respect no matter what age or gender he's kinda like a superstar to many of of his fans. But being a talented athlete isn't the only thing that makes a role model another important factor is being someone worth respecting Harrell for instance was a three time Academic All-Big 12. On the red raiders football team Harrell Was more than just a starting quarterback on a successful football team he was the leader of a successful team, a man that no matter what down or what position you could count on him to keep his cool under pressure and follow through with the game plan generally leading the red raiders to a high scoring victory. Born in the beautiful country town of Brownwood Texas, Harrell's father Sam Harrell was the assistant coach to High School coaching legend Gordon Wood. When Harrell was nine a coaching position opened up in Ennis Texas For his Father Sam, His Dad took the Job and from their Harrell's future was set. He went to school at Ennis High where he started for three years and led the fighting lions to a state class 4A title in his sophomore year. During his time at Ennis High Harrell set numerous state records five to be exact only one of which have been broken. Single-season passing yards (4,825 in 2003 over 15 games; the next two quarterbacks on the list set their records over 16-game seasons). This record stood until 2007 when Lake Travis quarterback Garrett Gilbert broke it by two yards (though he also did it over a 16-game season). Career passing yards (12,532 from 2000–2003; Gilbert broke this record in 2008 by compiling 12,534 yards). Single-season touchdown passes (67 in 2003) Career touchdown passes (167 from 2000–2003) Single-season pass completions (334 in 2003; also broken by Gilbert, who recorded 359 completions in 2007). In addition, Harrell ranks second in career pass completions (805 from 2000–2003). Harrell was offered tons of scholarships at different colleges including Texas and Oklahoma But in the end Harrell decided he would fit better on Mike leach's air raid offense so he excepted the Red Red Raiders offer and by the stats below you can tell he chose Wisely. YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT 2005 37 55 422 67.3 7.67 44 3 0 2 149.73 2006 412 616 4555 66.9 7.39 76 38 11 19 145.78 2007 512 713 5705 71.8 8.00 75 48 14 16 157.31 2008 442 626 5111 70.6 8.17 82 45 9 14 160.04 During his last two years with tech he was paired up with Dynamic Wide Out Michael Crabtree the two got along from the start Harrell Helped Crabtree Win two bleitinkoff's and Crabtree helped Harrell Break the record for most TD passes in a college career. (which was formerly held by Colt Brennan of Hawaii) After playing three years at Tech Harrell finally got under the national radar when the Red Raiders beat the longhorns who were currently ranked number 2 in the country Harrell continued to carry his strong Red Raider team leading them to the best overall rank in school history 11-2. Despite a incredible college career the former Johnny Unitas Golden Arm was undrafted in the 2009 NFL draft afterwards Harrell went to the Browns mini camp but despite putting on a good show to browns head coach Eric Mangini it just wasn't what he wanted.after leaving the Browns mini camp Harrell was signed by CFL football team the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. Currently according to the Rough riders roster Harrell is injured. expect in the near future for Harrell to revolutionize CFL football and make a strong NFL comeback.