Willard Harrell
Date of birth: (1952-09-16) September 16, 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth: Stockton, California
Career information
Position(s): Running Back, Kick Returner
College: Pacific
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 3 / Pick 58
 As player:
Green Bay Packers
St. Louis Cardinals
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Willard Harrell (born September 16, 1952) is a former college and professional American football running back.

High school careerEdit

He went to Edison High School, Stockton, California, in the late 1960s and early 1970s and played under its legendary coach, Charlie Washington.

College careerEdit

Harrell attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Professional careerEdit

Harrell was a third round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1975, the 58th selection overall. He was drafted by and played for head coach Bart Starr, serving the team as a running back and kick returner for three seasons. During his rooking season of 1975, he led the Packers in punt returns (6.5 avg.), and was the team's second-leading rusher (359 yards, 1 TD) and receiver (34 catches, 261 yards, 2 TDs) and threw three touchdown passes in just five attempts. He also led the team in rushing during the 1976 season with 435 yards in 130 attempts with three touchdowns. Harrell played in a total of 40 regular-season games for the Packers.[1]

His last seven seasons in the NFL were spent with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Personal lifeEdit

Willard Harrell was born in Stockton, California and currently resides in Lake St. Louis, MO, where he owns a State Farm Insurance office. He also serves as an NFL uniform inspector during the home games of the St. Louis Rams. Married to a teacher of mine.


  1. Hendricks, Martin. "Willard Harrell overcame Packers' down years." JSOnline . Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, 12 June 2012. Web. 14 June 2012. <>.

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