- Joe Germaine
currentteam =Free agent
birthdate =birth date and age|1975|11|16
birthplace =Denver, Colorado
debutteam =Arizona Rattlers
college =Ohio State
St. Louis Rams(1999 - 2000)
Kansas City Chiefs(2001)
San Diego Chargers(2004)*
Arizona Rattlers(2004 - 2005)
Utah Blaze(2006 - 2008):*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
* Rose Bowl Player of the Game (1997)
* Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (1998)
Chicago Tribune Silver Football(1998)
Super Bowlchampion (XXXIV)
Ohio State Football All-Century Team(2000)
Joseph Berton Germaine (born August 11, 1975 in Denver,
Colorado) is an arena football quarterbackwho is currently a free agentin the Arena Football League. He was originally drafted in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 1999 NFL Draftby the St. Louis Rams. He played college footballat Ohio State.
High School Years
Germaine attended Mountain View High School in
Mesa, Arizonaand was a lettermanin football, basketball, and baseball. After high school, he served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Germaine transferred to the Ohio State from
Scottsdale Community Collegein Arizona in 1996. In 1996 and 1997, he was the backup to quarterback Stanley Jackson. Germaine’s most memorable moment in his years as a backup came at the 1997 Rose Bowl. He led the Buckeyes on a 65-yard drive in 12 plays in the final 1:40 for the winning touchdown, a five-yard touchdown pass to David Bostonwith 19 seconds left. Germaine passed for 131 yards in the game and was named the game’s MVP.
In his senior year, Germaine became the starter, as well as a team co-captain. That year he set 11 school records, throwing for 3,330 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was the
Chicago Tribune Silver FootballAward winner as the Big Ten Conference Most Valuable Playerthat year. He threw for 6,370 yards and 56 touchdowns in three seasons.
Germaine was selected to the
Ohio State Football All-Century Teamin 2000.
Career passing statistics
National Football League
Germaine was selected in the fourth round (101st overall) of the
1999 NFL Draftby the St. Louis Rams. He won a Super Bowl ringas a backup to Kurt Warneras a rookie. Germaine appeared in only three games, completing nine passes, and was cut at the end of the 2000 season. He also appeared in three games with the Kansas City Chiefsin 2001.
Arena Football League
In 2004 Germaine became a quarterback for the
Arizona Rattlersof the Arena Football League. There he was a back-up to Sherdrick Bonnerwho is widely considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in AFL history. After two seasons and six starts with the Rattlers, Germaine joined the expansion Utah Blazein 2006. He started the first nine games of Utah's inaugural season, passing for 2,330 yards and 41 touchdowns while completing 67.4 percent of his passes. His season was cut short by an injury, but he returned in 2007 as the full-time starter. He became the first player in AFL history to pass for over 5,000 yards in a season. He finished with 5,005 yards, surpassing the record of 4,841 yards set by San Jose's Mark Griebin 2006. In Octboer 2008, Germaine opted out of his contract with the Blaze, in hopes of returning to the Rattlers. [cite web |url=http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/127334 |title=Germaine opts out of Utah Contract |last=Bordow |first=Scott |work=EastValleyTribune.com |publisher="East Valley Tribune" |date=2008-10-03 |accessdate=2008-10-06]
* [http://www.utahblaze.com/index.cfm?s=team&v=bio&id=68 Utah Blaze bio]
* [http://www.arenafan.com/players/Joe_Germaine-3924/ Stats at ArenaFan]
* [http://www.nfl.com/players/profile?id=GER485598 Profile] at NFL.com
* [http://ohiostatebuckeyes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/greats/osu-m-footbl-germaine.html Ohio State Athletics Archives: Joe Germaine]
* [http://bashafootball.org/Coaches/VarsityCoaches.htm Basha HS Football: Joe Germaine]
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