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Today Is An Important Day In Packers History

Andrew Brandt and Justin Harrell

On this very date in 2007, the Green Bay Packers signed the unstoppable force that was Justin Harrell to his first contract. Harrell is clearly Ted Thompson‘s finest draft choice ever.

He was selected No. 17 overall out of Tennessee even though he missed most of his senior season with a torn biceps tendon. Harrell, who was the picture of physical fitness when he showed up in Green Bay, got a six-year, $15 million deal with $8 million guaranteed.

He would go on to dominate the game like no one else. Just look at these eye-popping stats.

Three seasons, 14 games, two starts, 28 tackles, zero sacks, zero interceptions, zero forced fumbles.

Wow! That’s an average of nine tackles per season, people!


(Photo via Andrew Brandt)

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Madcity Packer Fan July 18, 2012

    Justin who?

  2. Kozak July 18, 2012

    Ted Thompson also put together the team that won the Super Bowl, so he gets to make the occasional mistake.

  3. TyKoSTeamboat July 18, 2012

    In 2001 we took Jamal Reynolds in the 1st round with the 10th overall Pick. In 2004 we took Ahmad Carroll with the 25th overall pack…all busts.

    Here is Ted Thompsons 1st round draft Picks
    1.) Aaron Rodgers
    2.) A.J. Hawk
    3.) Justin Harrell
    4.) Jordy Nelson (2nd round)
    5.) B.J. Raji / Clay Matthews
    6.) Bryan Bulaga
    7.) Derek Sherrod
    8.) Nick Perry

    Not bad if ya ask me..(with exception to Harrell)

  4. nurseratchett July 18, 2012

    Hey, its ok to point out the screw ups, too-we’re fans! GREEN BAY F’ING PACKER FANS!! Loyal ones. Some of us are owners!

    We get to bitch & moan anytime we see an area of weakness.

    We also get to celebrate & compliment when awesome shit that happens in Title Town.

    Nice sarcasm as always, Monty!

  5. iltarion July 18, 2012

    $8 million smacks. And for what? For being half way decent in college.

    And the media wants these guys to get paid.

    They already get paid. Its called sign an NFL contract.

    Want to be sick? Think that most college graduates won’t make $8 million in their lifetimes.

    Essentially, this lazy ass retired right out of college. And WHY NOT??

  6. Vijay July 19, 2012

    For that reason and more I say Ted Thompson is vastly overrated by Packer nation. Trust in Ted? I think not…with the #1 QB, you should win the Superbowl or be playing in it almost every year (see Giants/ Patriots/ Steelers). We are in the top 10 in personnel dept. in the league, maybe top 5 but certainly not #1.

    1. PackerBoB July 19, 2012

      Seriously? Because we don’t win the Superbowl every year Ted Thompson is overrated? You shou

      Fuck you. Just, fuck you.