For others of the same name, see John Harrington.
John Harrington
Harrington in 1946
No. 55     
End, Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1921-04-15)April 15, 1921
Place of birth: Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Date of death: January 8, 1992(1992-01-08) (aged 70)
Place of death: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
College: Marquette University
NFL Draft: 1945 / Round: 8 / Pick: 68
Debuted in 1946 for the Cleveland Browns
Last played in 1947 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1947
Games     25
Receiving Yards     369
Stats at
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John Patrick Harrington (April 15, 1921 – January 8, 1992) was a professional American football end and defensive end who played two seasons for the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Rockets in the All-America Football Conference. Harrington attended Marquette University and became the football team's captain in 1942. He joined the military in 1944 and played for Air Force teams in 1944 and 1945. He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in 1945 but instead signed with the Browns before the team's inaugural season in 1946. Harrington played in one season for the Browns before he was traded to the Rockets in 1947.

Early life and college careerEdit

Harrington was born and grew up in Reedsburg, Wisconsin and attended high school there.[1] After graduating, he went to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and played his first football game for the college team in 1941, when he was a sophomore.[2] Harrington, who played as an end, had two touchdown catches in one of his first games against Kansas.[3] In 1942, he was named the Marquette football team's captain.[1]

Harrington then entered the Second Air Force during World War II and was the captain of the unit's Superbombers football team, who played in the Treasury Bond Bowl in 1944.[4] In 1945, Harrington played with the Fourth Air Force's football team, the Flyers.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Harrington was drafted in the eighth round of the 1945 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals, but did not play for the team. In March 1946, the Cleveland Browns of the new All-America Football Conference (AAFC) announced that they had signed Harrington.[6] He reported to the team's training camp several days late to finish summer school studies at Marquette, to which he had returned after his discharge from the Army.[5] Competition in training camp was intense, and Harrington was thought to have little chance of making the Browns' roster. His number was not listed in the program for the Browns' first game against the Miami Seahawks, but Harrington put in a solid defensive performance in the 44–0 victory, tackling Miami's backs for losses several times.[7] The Browns won the AAFC championship that year.[8]

Before the 1947 season began, the Browns traded Harrington and Jim Daniell to the AAFC's Chicago Rockets for halfback Bill Boedeker.[1]


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  • Piascik, Andy (2007). The Best Show in Football: The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns. Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58979-571-6.

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