Willard Harrell

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Willard Harrell
Date of birth (1952-09-16) September 16, 1952 (age 64)
Place of birth Stockton, California
Career information
Position(s) Running back, Kick Returner
College Pacific
NFL draft 1975 / Round: 3 / Pick 58
Career history
As player
1975–1977 Green Bay Packers
1978–1984 St. Louis Cardinals
Career stats

Willard Harrell (born September 16, 1952) is a former college and professional American football running back.

High school career[edit]

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

College career[edit]

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

Professional career[edit]

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 rookie season of 1975, he led the Packers in punt returns (6.5 avg.), 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 life[edit]

Willard Harrell was born in Stockton, California and currently resides in Lake St. Louis, Missouri, 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. He is married to a schoolteacher.


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