Perry Harrington
No. 35, 36     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-03-13) March 13, 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth: Bentonia, Mississippi
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Jackson State
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Debuted in 1980 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 1985 for the St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)
Career history
* Philadelphia Eagles ( 1980- 1983)
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
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Perry Donell Harrington (born March 13, 1958 in Bentonia, Mississippi) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Cardinals from 19801985. He was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft. He played college football at Jackson State.

College careerEdit

Harrington played college football at Jackson State, where he rushed for 2,132 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Professional careerEdit

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Harrington was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he suffered hamstring and thigh injuries and was limited in games. He started in only one game, playing in all but two. In 1981, head coach Dick Vermeil expected Harrington to compete for the starting fullback position and occasionally play halfback.[1] However, Harrington broke his leg in the fourth game of the season after starting in every game of the season.[2] In 1982, Harrington again was expected to compete for the starting fullback job with Hubie Oliver and Leroy Harris.[2] He started in eight games in 1982, playing in nine. He asked for a trade during the 1983 season after starting in only one game the entire season.[3]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Harrington was traded to the Cleveland Browns on July 23, 1984 for a conditional draft pick in 1985,[4] but was quickly released in the preseason, nullifying the trade.

On September 21, 1984, Harrington was given a tryout for the Miami Dolphins, who needed to replace injured running back Andra Franklin.[5]

St. Louis CardinalsEdit

Harrington was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in November 1984.[6] He suffered a knee injury during the 1985 season and was placed on injured reserve on November 20, 1985.[7]


  1. "Perry Harrington Still Has Dream". Reading Eagle. Associated Press (Philadelphia): p. 21. July 17, 1981.,3951206&dq=perry+harrington&hl=en. Retrieved 2010-02-10. "Perry Harrington, healthy and ready to run, has plans to follow a dream as he begins his second season at summer camp for the Philadelphia Eagles."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zonca, Tony (September 1, 1982). "Starting fullback Eagles' question". Reading Eagle (Philadelphia): p. 41.,1092381&dq=perry+harrington&hl=en. Retrieved 2010-02-10. "Oliver was the starter Friday night in Atlanta. After injuries last year to Harris and Harrington (broken leg in the fourth game), Oliver was rushed into the starting role."
  3. Lukens, Mark (October 24, 1983). "Chicago defeats Eagles, 7-6, in an offensive display". Reading Eagle (Philadelphia): pp. 17, 19.,2995635&dq=perry+harrington&hl=en. Retrieved 2010-02-10. "Halfback Perry Harrington resurfaced in the third quarter and ran for 30 yards on seven carries and caught one pass for 19 yards. Campbell hedged, but hinted that Harrington, who has asked to be traded, may see more playing time in a rushing attack ranked 26th...Attendance was 45,263, with 20,917 dry no-shows."
  4. "Eagles Trade Harrington". The Palm Beach Post (Philadelphia): p. D6. July 24, 1984.,2975208&dq=perry+harrington&hl=en. Retrieved 2010-02-10. "The Philadelphia Eagles sent running back Perry Harrington to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for an undisclosed conditional 1985 draft choice."
  5. "Dolphins give tryout to Perry Harrington". St. Petersburg Times (Miami): p. 3c. September 22, 1984.,6717447&dq=perry+harrington&hl=en. Retrieved 2010-02-10. "The Miami Dolphins on Friday gave running back Perry Harrington a tryout as the club continues to search for a player to take the place of injured Andra Franklin, a team official said."
  6. "Mystery surrounds Cardinals". The Southeast Missourian. Associated Press (St. Louis): p. 24. November 11, 1984.,1283861&dq=perry+harrington+cardinals&hl=en. Retrieved 2010-02-10. "The Cardinals, in an effort to shore up a depleted corps also listing Willard Harrell as ailing, added former Philadelphia Eagles running back Perry Harrington to their roster late in the week."
  7. "Chiefs' Mike Bell in cocaine bust". Reading Eagle (St. Louis): p. 64. November 21, 1985.,702365&dq=perry+harrington&hl=en. Retrieved 2010-02-10. "To make room on the roster, the Cardinals placed reserve running back Perry Harrington on injured reserve. Harrington is suffering from a knee injury."

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