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Joe Germaine
No. --     Arizona Rattlers
Personal information
Date of birth: November 16, 1975 (1975-11-16) (age 34)
Place of birth: Denver, Colorado
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
Debuted in 1999 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena football statistics
Passing yards     14,416
TDs-INTs     290-38
QB rating     122.45
Stats at
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Joseph Berton Germaine (born November 16, 1975 in Denver, Colorado) is an American football quarterback for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

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


Early years

Germaine attended Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball.

College career

Germaine transferred to the Ohio State from Scottsdale Community College in Arizona in 1995. In 1996 and 1997, he was the backup to quarterback Stanley Jackson. 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, a five-yard touchdown 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, Germaine became the starter, 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 Yards Att. Comp.
1996 1,193 147 80
1997 1,847 210 129
1998 3,330 384 230

Professional career

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.[1]

Germaine re-joined the Rattlers prior to their first season in the newly-founded Arena Football 1. However, he was quickly placed on "re-assignment" on Feburary 5, 2010.[2]

Coaching career

After being placed on reassignment, Germaine accepted the head coaching job at Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Arizona. The athletic director at Queen Creek, Paul Reynolds, had been familar with Germaine since he played against him in the Rose Bowl. The Bulldogs of Queen Creek has seen many playoff berths the last decade and are looking to make a big impact in post season play.[3]


  1. ^ Bordow, Scott (2008-10-03). "Germaine opts out of Utah Contract". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Arizona Rattlers Player Transactions". Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  3. ^ Willsey, Les (2010-02-03). "Germaine excited about 1st head coaching opportunity". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 

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Preceded by
Keyshawn Johnson
Rose Bowl MVP
Succeeded by
Brian Griese
Preceded by
Charles Woodson
Big Ten Football MVP
Succeeded by
Ron Dayne
Preceded by
Stanley Jackson
Ohio State Buckeyes
Starting Quarterbacks

Succeeded by
Steve Bellisari


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