When he was growing up, Graham Harrell spent a lot of time playing football in his backyard. As will be the case this week with the North team in the 60th Senior Bowl, Harrell played quarterback.
Often, he emulated his favorite player.
“I always wanted to be Joe Montana,” he said Sunday after arriving in Mobile. “I always wanted to play like Joe Montana.”
Interestingly, this has been a season of comparison for Harrell, the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and co-winner — along with Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford and Texas’ Colt McCoy — of The Sporting News’ national Player of the Year award.
In some cases, it has been difficult for him to be measured simply by what he has accomplished this season. Instead, he has been compared to Bradford and McCoy, the Big 12 Conference’s other top quarterbacks.