Atlanta Falcons starting quarterback Joey Harrington reminisces about his time in Detroit:
".. I got a lot of people who would leave notes. I got a couple of death threats on my voicemail. It got to the point where I had to take my family out of the stands because people were trying to start fights with my mom."
Joey might want to spring for box seats at the Georgia Dome. Lest his lovely bride, Emily, be surrounded by #7 jerseys. It may take awhile for Falcons fans to let go of the past.
Harrington continued to complain about the difficult lifestyle one is forced to lead when they throw more interceptions than touchdowns.
"I've gone through very extreme cycles. There was a year or two where I would have to wear a baseball cap to make it to my flight on time. And then on the other end, I'd have to wear one because I was scared to go to the grocery store without a baseball cap because I didn't want somebody to accost me outside the citrus aisle.
But I learned to take it in stride. What happened in Detroit is I let other people determine my happiness. When I start letting Joe Fan in row 32, seat E tell me if I'm a good person, I got issues."
Joey seems delicate. I hope he can cope with life in the Dome. There will be losses. If for no reason than the fact that we have a new coach fresh from the college ranks. That ALWAYS results in immediate success.
In a separate article, Harrington complains about the Detroit Lions offense and how he was "handcuffed" from being his normally amazing self.
"Because of what was being coached, the mistakes I had made, the way I was being received, I got to a point where I was scared to throw the ball downfield. Finally I said, 'Forget it.'
This is probably going to come off sounding poorly, but it was like, 'Screw you guys. I know what I need to do to be a good quarterback.' In order for me to play well, I need to be a bit selfish. I need to tell myself, 'You know what? I'm going to throw that post route. And if it gets picked off, screw it. I'm going to throw the post route again, because I know it's open.' "
Not only is Joey Harrington a below average NFL starting quarterback, he is classy too. That's why he was backing up a cripple who cavorts with whores out on a lake in Miami. I will be shocked - shocked - if he starts complaining about the Falcons offense too.
The Falcons are going to be SOOOOOO awesome this season.