Texas prep football legend Graham Harrell angling for a Friday night lights return

Ben Rohrbach
Prep Rally
Texas prep football legend Graham Harrell angling for a Friday night lights return

In all likelihood, one of the greatest prep quarterbacks in Texas football history will return to a high school stadium this fall — this time as a coach under the Friday night lights.

Graham Harrell, who still owns Texas prep single-season and career records for touchdown passes, has interviewed for an offensive coordinator position at two North Texas high schools, according to KCBD-TV.

Harrell set nearly every major passing record in state history while at Ennis High from 2001-03, and while Lake Travis star Garrett Gilbert broke a few of them five years later, his 67 touchdown passes as a high school senior and 167 TD tosses in his career still stand atop the record books.

Likewise, Harrell set NCAA records for passing attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns at Texas Tech from 2004-08. After a year in the Canadian Football League, he spent the next four years as an NFL backup QB behind Aaron Rodgers on the Green Bay Packers, earning a Super Bowl ring in 2010. He has not appeared in a game since 2012 and was released by the New York Jets during the 2013 preseason.

This fall, however, he expects to be on the Texas prep football sidelines once again. According to KCBD, he interviewed for the open offensive coordinator position at Lubbock Roosevelt last week and sat down with Midland Lee staff to discuss the same position on Monday. Roosevelt coach John Contrucci is reportedly prepared to offer Harrell the job and the Lee staff doesn't seem too far behind. 

"I felt like he was a guy worthy of an interview," Midland Lee coach James Morton told the local television news station. "He has a lot of knowledge, being a coaches' son."

Harrell's father Sam served as Ennis coach from 1994-2010. His 17-year run included three state championships, including one undefeated season with Graham at the helm as a sophomore in 2001. Sam Harrell and his son helped popularize the spread offense in Texas prep football, and the two were inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame together in 2013.

Now, it appears Graham Harrell will have a chance to add to that résumé.

(h/t Big Lead)