Harrington out of hospital after bike wreck

Former Oregon Duck Joey Harrington was a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints in 2009.


by Wiley Post, KGW News


Posted on July 31, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 4 at 6:57 AM

PORTLAND -- Former Oregon Ducks and Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington was released from a Portland hospital Wednesday after being struck by an SUV Sunday night while riding his bicycle in Southeast Portland.

Joey's father John Harrington told KGW his son had reached Mt. Scott and was pedaling home to NW Portland when he was struck from behind at the intersection of SE Foster and 88th Avenue along the Springwater Trail. 

The impact catapulted Harrington into the air, onto the vehicle's hood.

Harrington's father said he was in fair condition and was being treated for a broken clavicle, punctured lung and rib fracture at Oregon Health Sciences University.

"The driver of the car, I understand, immediately on impact, braked - which meant that Joe ended up, upside down and came down on his head and shoulder and hit then skidded off to the side," John Harrington told KGW.

Harrington said his son was riding into the setting sunshine and the driver that struck him from behind probably had trouble seeing him.

Police say the driver, 26-year-old Derek Johnston, remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Johnston was cited for following too close.

Harrington, 33, was a Heisman Trophy Finalist and lead the Oregon Ducks to three bowl wins. He played for four teams in eight seasons in the NFL, where he took more than his share of hits.

"He said he never saw it coming, it surprised him totally," said Harrington's father. "But I suspect he probably got hit from the back side a few times [in the NFL] and never saw it coming. So maybe it is analogous."

"He's fine to the extent this certainly was not life-threatening, but there is no doubt that he was extremely lucky," said John Harrington.

KGW Sports Reporter Joe Becker contributed to this report