There is a reverence when you speak his name.
Teammates utter it in hushed tones.
That’s because one of the newest members of the Milwaukee Iron of the Arena Football League, Harrell is also one of the all-time greats of the indoor game.
Career stats for the WR/DB, going into the 2010 season, are flat-out gaudy. In terms of sheer ‘bling’…think Mr. T.
A one-time Florida State Seminole, Harrell plied his trade with four AFL teams in his 11 years.
He racked up 320 touchdowns on 987 receptions. That means almost one out of every three of his snags hit paydirt.
Harrell holds the single-season scoring mark with 61 TDs and 366 points. He had a string of, get this, 78 consecutive games with at least one score. That is nothing if not eye-popping. The 13,046 yards of carpet he glided over would stretch for just under eight miles.
“I just want to bring a lot of leadership, experience…just a lot of excitement,” Harrell said after a recent practice. “You know we’ve got a great organization and a great coaching staff with Coach (Bob) Landsee. I played with Coach (Cedric) Walker and Coach (Mark) Stoute.”
Of course, Harrell is going to have to shake a little rust off playing for the Iron. The AFL suspended play for the 2009 season. “I didn’t play at all last year,” Harrell said. “I was coaching my kids’ little league team. I was also coaching at a high school.
“I was working out a little bit, obviously not at a professional level, but I was still working out” Harrell explained.
Harrell heaped a lot of praise on his new teammates. “Honestly, to me, we’re deep in talent. I look at Big Nate (Forse) at the receiver spot. I look at (Antoine) Burns and, of course, Tiger (Jones) who worked with (QB) Chris Greisen.
“And that’s another thing,” Harrell stressed. “Chris Greisen is better than advertised. I played against him, I watched him play and just to be here with him is a good feeling. I’ve actually learned a lot working with Chris for a short time, so the chemistry I think will definitely be there.”
It will be the second time Milwaukee fans will get a glimpse of their new touchdown machine.
“I only played here once in my career (against the Milwaukee Mustangs) and that was back in ’99 or 2000 It was a great experience,” Harrell said. “And from what I heard, the fans here are great.”
He can’t wait to be on the receiving end of not only cheering from the fans, but more than a few passes from his new quarterback. And he expects to spend a lot of his time here…in the end zone.