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|Date of birth:||May 25, 1960|
|Place of birth:||Southampton, New York|
|NFL Draft:||1982 / Round: 1/ Pick 17|
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Sean Ward Farrell (born May 25, 1960, Southampton, New York) is a former American football guard who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, and Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. Farrell attended Westhampton Beach High School in Westhampton Beach, New York, where he was a football and track star. He then played college football for Penn State University, where he was named to a number of All-American teams in 1980 and 1981.
Farrell was the first round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1982 NFL Draft; Buccaneers management had actually intended to select defensive end Booker Reese, and Farrell's name was turned in due to a communication error in the draft room. The team then traded the next year's first round pick in order to get Reese as well. Ironically, Farrell played at a high level for the Buccaneers, while Reese ultimately came to be considered one of the most disappointing draft picks in team history.
Tampa Bay's team performance declined during Farrell's years with the team. After his first contract expired in 1985, he signed a one-year contract for the 1986 season based on the team's assurances that things would improve, but the team had another bad year and Farrell made news by publicly telling a group of Bucs fans, "I know what I want this Christmas . . . I want to get the hell out of Tampa Bay." New England acquired him in return for three draft picks, and he was the Patriots' starting guard for three seasons before shoulder surgery kept him on the injured reserve list for most of the 1990 season. Near the end of that season, the Patriots tried to reactivate him without using a protective designation for him; under the rules then applicable, this had the effect of putting him on waivers, and he was claimed by the Denver Broncos. He finished that year and played another in Denver, then one more for Seattle before concluding his NFL career.
After football, Farrell became a financial advisor with several investment companies including Merrill Lynch, and he is the chairperson of the Gay Culverhouse Player Outreach Program to assist former NFL players facing disability issues after their careers.
- "Wall of Fame", Westhampton Beach School District (accessed 2012-12-18.
- Sean Farrell bio at Penn State Nittany Lions football official website (accessed 2012-12-18).
- Gary Shelton, "Opportunity Lost: Ex-Buc Booker Reese had everything going for him until drub abuse led to a prison cell." St. Petersburg Times, July 27, 2003.
- Pat Yasinskas, "Draft room tale: Bucs' big bungle", ESPN.com, April 21, 2010.
- Jerry Greene, "Farrell's Revelation: I Want Out Of Tampa Bay", Orlando Sentinel, December 3, 1986.
- "Patriots Lose Farrell to Broncos: Denver Claim of Veteran Foils New England Waiver Gamble", The Boston Globe, December 1, 1990 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Alan Schwarz, "Before Dementia Assistance, Help With N.F.L. Application", The New York Times, January 21, 2010.
- About Us, Gay Culverhouse Player Outreach Program (accessed 2012-12-18).