Greg Harrell went to Ahoskie High School in Hertford Country, North Carolina. He was awarded All-American honors as a wide receiver. He played football in his college year at the University of Maryland. He was in the developmental squad for San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Raiders. You obviously know of him as a bobsledder, but Greg Harrell was also an NFL Europe player whose journey started with the London Monarchs. Unfortunately, he suffered a severe knee injury while being a part of the San Diego Chargers, which inhibited him from playing for three seasons.
In 1998, Greg Harrel started preparing for bobsleigh to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics. He played four seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders during his preparation phase.
In 1991, Greg Harrell and his bobsled team won a silver and bronze medal at the World Bobsleigh Championship.
In 1992, he got selected for the US team for the Winter Olympics. He was not chosen at first but got a spot after winning a court case.
Greg Harrell is an idol for many in his town Ahoskie, near the Chowan University campus.
After completing his schooling at Ahoskie High School, he was chosen by then-coach Jim Garrison to play football. He was talented and took the team to new heights of success. He played two successful seasons under the guidance of coach Garrison. In 1981, he led his team to become the winner of the East Bowl Championship. Harrell was honored with the All American Honours as a wide receiver in his final season with the then braves.
After graduating from the University of Chowan, Harrell continued his passion for football. He played football for the University of Maryland under the guidance of coach Bobby Ross. His skill and expertise in the game helped Terrapins to make their way to three bowl games and claim stakes in two ACC Championships.
In 1985, Harrell was appointed as a free player for the San Diego Chargers. He played for a year with the team. After that, he suffered an injury in his knee, due to which he had to take a break for three seasons to get a complete recovery. Finally, after three seasons of complete rest, he jumped back to the game and played for three years as a player for an arena football team in Washington DC.
In 1988, Greg started training himself in the game of bobsleigh. He wanted to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics. He was asked to be a part of the Los Angeles Riders during this time. He played four seasons. He continued to play for the London Monarchs in London, England, after the NFL during his bobsled training period. In 1992, Harrell represented the US in the Winter Olympics in the two-person bobsled event at Albertville, France.
Greg Harrell now lives with his family in Washington DC. He has four children: Courtney, Alexis, Maya, and Jordan. Nowadays, he is a mortgage broker and is trying to uplift communities as a motivational speaker.
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