Packer Harrell has health on mind
Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:02 am
By: Kenneth Coker, Press Sports
Green Bay Packers’ defensive end Justin Harrell got a healthy dose of a hero’s welcome on Saturday.
The 2002 Westview graduate came home to Martin along with fellow Packer Chad Clifton to sign autographs
and take photos with members of the community as part of the first-ever Tennessee Downtowns “Family Fun Day.”
“It’s great to come back home and see all the people that have helped me through the years and supported me throughout my career,” said Harrell, who has been plagued by injuries during his NFL career and only played in 14 regular-season games in his four years as a pro. “I got to see one lady that said she used to baby-sit me and a lot of other people that I went to high school with.”
Though certainly no longer a “baby” at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds, Harrell has been giving his left knee (torn ACL) plenty of tender love and care.
“It’s making a lot of progress,” said Harrell. “I’m pleased with where I am in the rehab process and on pace to be ready for training camp whenever that starts.
“Right now, we’re working on my strength in rehab and adding in a few football drills like side-shuffling and cutting. It’s time for me to be healthy. That’s a goal every year, but it’s a little more important this year.”
Harrell acknowledged that the status quo of the NFL’s season — due to the lockout of the players — as has been bothersome.
“The uncertainty is frustrating,” Harrell said. “Not knowing if there will be a season is bothersome. The only thing I can do is rehab my knee and be ready once they figure a deal out.”