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Joe Germaine

Joe Germaine
No. 9
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-11-16) November 16, 1975
Place of birth: Denver, Colorado
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Mesa (AZ) Mountain View
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
Debuted in 1999 for the St. Louis Rams
Last played in 2008 for the Utah Blaze
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at
Career Arena football statistics
Comp. / Att. 1,185 / 1,770
Passing yards 14,416
TD-INT 290-38
QB Rating 122.45
Rushing TD 13
Stats at

Joseph Berton Germaine (born November 16, 1975) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft after playing college football at Ohio State.

Germaine earned a Super Bowl ring with the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV, and also has been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers and Utah Blaze.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
    • Statistics 2.1
  • Professional career 3
    • Pre-draft 3.1
    • St. Louis Rams 3.2
    • Kansas City Chiefs 3.3
    • Cincinnati Bengals 3.4
    • San Diego Chargers 3.5
    • First stint with Rattlers 3.6
    • Utah Blaze 3.7
    • Second stint with Rattlers 3.8
  • Coaching career 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Germaine attended Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. He became a starter midway through his junior year and set school records with 3,782 passing yards, a 59% completion percentage, and 39 touchdown passes. As a senior he connected on 123 of 209 passes for 2,081 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies as a high school baseball prospect.

College career

Germaine was recruited by Northern Arizona University (NAU) out of high school, but NAU was wary of his intention to serve a two-year Mormon mission, and thus did not offer him a scholarship. After concluding his service as a missionary for his church, Germaine played one season (1995) at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona before transferring to Ohio State. In 1996 and 1997 he was the backup to quarterback Stanley Jackson, but saw significant playing time as the two shared QB duties. 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 against Arizona State, a five-yard pass to David Boston with 19 seconds left. Germaine passed for 131 yards in the game and was named the game’s MVP.

In his senior year (1998) at Ohio State Germaine was a full-time starter at quarterback, 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 Football Award winner as the Big Ten Conference Most Valuable Player that year. He threw for 6,370 yards and 56 touchdowns in three seasons.

Germaine was selected to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team in 2000.


Year Com. Att. PCT Yards TD INT
1996 80 147 54.4 1,193 15 4
1997 129 210 61.4 1,847 16 9
1998 230 384 59.9 3,330 25 7
Total 670 1097 59.2 6,370 56 25

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1¼ in 211 lb 4.69 s 1.64 s 2.77 s 4.21 s 7.18 s 32 in 8 ft 9 in x reps 25
40-time from Ohio State Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine.[1]

St. Louis Rams

Germaine was selected in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He won a Super Bowl ring as a backup to Kurt Warner as a rookie. Germaine appeared in only three games, completing nine passes, and was cut at the end of the 2000 season.

Kansas City Chiefs

Germaine appeared in three games with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001. He was waived on September 1, 2002.

Cincinnati Bengals

Germaine was signed to the practice squad of the Cincinnati Bengals on October 17, 2002. He was promoted to the active roster on December 12 and served the remainder of the season as the third-string quarterback. He was released on April 23, 2003.

Germaine worked out for the Seattle Seahawks in August 2003, but was not signed and spent the rest of the season out of football.

San Diego Chargers

Germaine was signed by the San Diego Chargers on August 5, 2004. He was waived prior to the regular season on August 26.

First stint with Rattlers

In 2004 Germaine became a quarterback for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League, where he was a back-up to Sherdrick Bonner.

Utah Blaze

After two seasons and six starts with the Rattlers, Germaine joined the expansion Utah Blaze in 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 league 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 Grieb in 2006.

Second stint with Rattlers

In October 2008 Germaine opted out of his contract with the Blaze in hopes of returning to the Rattlers.[2] Germaine re-joined the Rattlers prior to their first season in the newly founded Arena Football 1. He was, however, quickly placed on "reassignment" on February 5, 2010.[3]

Coaching career

After being placed on reassignment, Germaine accepted the head coaching job at Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Arizona. Athletic Director, Paul Reynolds, was familiar with Germaine, having played for ASU against him in the 1997 Rose Bowl.[4] Prior to coaching at Queen Creek, Germaine was the quarterbacks coach at Chandler's Basha High School from 2004 until 2007.

In 2012, Germaine's Bulldogs appeared in the Arizona Division III state championship, against Desert Edge High School. With twelve seconds left and the game tied at 7, the snap for a Desert Edge punt was high, sailing over the punter, who picked up the ball and was tackled in the back of the end zone for a safety. Queen Creek won its first state championship 9-7 and finished an undefeated season.[5][6]


  1. ^ Joe Germaine , Pro Scout
  2. ^ Bordow, Scott (2008-10-03). "Germaine opts out of Utah Contract". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Arizona Rattlers Player Transactions". Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  4. ^ Willsey, Les (2010-02-03). "Germaine excited about 1st head coaching opportunity". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  5. ^ Odegard, Kyle (2010-11-24). "Late safety lifts Queen Creek past Desert Edge for Div. III championship". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  6. ^ Domingo, Odeen (2010-11-24). "Queen Creek wins Div. III title with late safety". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 

External links

  • Arena Football League bio
  • Arizona Rattlers bio
  • Ohio State Buckeyes bio

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