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Joe Germaine     

Born: November 16, 1975
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
6' 2", 220
College: Ohio State
Other Pro Experience: NFL 

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Top 25 QBs in AFL history: NO. 1-5
AFL Press Release
Completing its countdown of the 25 Greatest Quarterbacks in AFL History, the Silver Anniversary Committee has announced the five greatest quarterbacks in Arena Football history.

Ex-Rattlers QB Germaine new Queen Creek coach
AZ (blog)

Rattlers sign QB Germaine

If league survives, Blaze will return, owner says
Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Blaze unplugged: Franchise hopes for return after canceled season
Deseret News
"This isn't exactly the kind of Christmas present you want to get," said Videtich, the Utah Blaze's record-setting kicker.

Former Blaze coach signs with Arizona; QB might follow
Salt Lake Tribune
Former Utah Blaze head coach Danny White was signed as the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League on Wednesday. It is expected that quarterback Joe Germaine, who opted out of his Blaze contract, will also sign with the Rattlers once the league's free-agent signing period begins.

White to rejoin Rattlers coaching staff
Danny White, who led the Rattlers to their only Arena Football League championships in 1994 and 1997, will return to the team next season as the offensive coordinator, a source said Monday.

Danny White to return as Rattlers’ offensive coordinator
East Valley Tribune
Danny White, who led the Arizona Rattlers to two Arena Football League titles, is set to return to the team as offensive coordinator, a league source confirmed on Monday.

Blaze tryout attracts talent
Deseret News
Ron James held his first open tryout as the new head coach of the Utah Blaze on Friday morning at the University of Utah, and he couldn't have been happier with the talent that showed up.

Germaine could be headed back to Rattlers
Joe Germaine, a former Rattlers player and one of the most successful quarterbacks in recent years in the Arena Football League, is negotiating a return to Arizona.

Blaze QB Germaine opts for free agency
Deseret News
Utah Blaze record-setting quarterback Joe Germaine signed a five-year contract prior to the 2008 season, the longest in Arena Football League history. Yet, now he is a free agent.

Germaine opts out of Utah contract
East Valley Tribune
Former Mesa Mountain View quarterback Joe Germaine has opted out of his contract with the Arena Football League's Utah Blaze and hopes to sign with the Arizona Rattlers

Blaze quarterback opts for free agency
Salt Lake Tribune
One year after signing the longest contract in the history of the Arena Football League, Utah Blaze quarterback Joe Germaine has exercised an option in his contract and decided to pursue free agency.

Kimbrough named new offensive coordinator for Blaze
Daily Herald
Utah Blaze head coach Ron James announced Monday afternoon the hiring of Tony Kimbrough as the team's new offensive coordinator.

ESPN Magazine
Despite months of fanfare, there's a good chance the ArenaBowl has snuck up on you.

Utah Blaze: Uncertainty for White, free agents
Deseret News
The only head coach and general manager in the three-year history of the Blaze has an expiring contract, and it's not a sure thing the former Dallas Cowboy star quarterback and AFL coaching legend will return.

Second-half drives keep 7-10 Crush in it
Denver Post
History did not favor Colorado as it faced the task of beating the Utah Blaze in its home arena.

AFL playoffs: Blaze get knocked out
Salt Lake Tribune
While putting together their unlikely late-season run to make the Arena Football League playoffs and earn the right to host a wild card game, the Utah Blaze got more than their share of fortuitous breaks and game-swinging calls, winning six of their last seven games after a forgettable 0-9 start.

Blaze: Second-half errors doom Utah
Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Blaze were haunted - not by old wounds but by their performance in the second half. Again.

Playoff mode nothing new for Blaze
Deseret News
Nine games into the Arena Football League season, with his team 0-9, even the ever-optimistic Danny White knew it was highly unlikely his Utah Blaze would be playing during the final days of June. To do so, Utah would have to qualify for the playoffs.

Blaze aim to keep fire burning vs. Crush
Daily Herald
Nine weeks ago, the Utah Blaze looked about as playoff-bound as the Miami Dolphins did the entire 2007 NFL season, as the Blaze got off to an 0-9 start in the 2008 AFL season.

Three receivers instrumental in turnaround
Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Blaze have created their own version of the "Three Amigos," and the guy who delivers the ball, quarterback Joe Germaine, understands and is thankful for the luxury of having multiple targets.

Utah Blaze blasted Crush in regular season
Deseret News
The most lopsided win of the season for the Utah Blaze came May 10 when they blasted their opponent 71-36. Not only were the 36 points the fewest Utah gave up in a game this season, but the 71 points it scored were also a season high.

Blaze pair earn All-Arena honors
Utah Blaze Press Release
The Utah Blaze QB JOE GERMAINE (6-2,238, Ohio State) and WR HUEY WHITTAKER (6-5, 228, South Florida) have earned All-Arena honors for their performances this season by the Arena Football League.

Comeback try too little, late for Rattlers
In a matter of six days, the Rattlers went from being one of the Arena Football League's upstarts to a team unable to start a game.

Blaze clinch playoff spot
Salt Lake Tribune
With very little help from the rest of the league the past two weeks, Utah was forced to win its final regular-season game at Arizona on Saturday night where it appeared to be a team poised to make something happen in the playoffs.

Utah Blaze: How did they do it?
Deseret News
Damon Mason has been around the Arena Football League a long, long time. The veteran defensive back has played for Orlando, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Carolina, Orlando again, Grand Rapids, Austin and Orlando for a third time.

Germaine's thoughts on ill son, playoffs
Arizona Republic
Quarterback Joe Germaine's lows this Arena season had nothing to do with Utah's 0-9 start.

Blaze: Utah all fired up
Salt Lake Tribune
OK, it wasn't the 17-point win that the Utah Blaze needed to even the score with the Los Angeles Avengers, but it sure felt satisfying nonetheless for a team that opened the season with nine losses and a crowd that two months ago was booing these guys off the EnergySolutions Arena field.

Blaze can move into fourth with win
Deseret News
Before the current season began, Utah Blaze coach Danny White said the goal for his third-year Arena Football League team was to host at least one playoff game.

Blaze: Playoff possibilities starting to congeal
Salt Lake Tribune
Here's a phrase we didn't think we would be publishing a month ago: The Utah Blaze can clinch an Arena Football League playoff berth this weekend with. . ." Yet, almost unbelievably, it is true.

Rampage's mistakes pile up in loss to Blaze
In their most important matchup of the season, the Grand Rapids Rampage crashed and burned in a 63-56 loss to the Utah Blaze in an American Conference showdown Sunday afternoon at Van Andel Arena.

Utah Blaze: Team faces Rampage with playoffs in mind
Deseret News
The Utah Blaze, after a miserable start to the season, have won three of their last four games to move into playoff contention.

Rampage look to put out high-powered Blaze
Grand Rapids Rampage coach Steve Thonn acknowledged that the Utah Blaze are a lot better than their record indicates.

Three keys to Rampage-Blaze matchup
The Utah Blaze enter Sunday's game 3-10 on the season, but they've won three of their last seven games.

Pool of quality QBs running thin
GMs looking to the Arena Football League for the next Kurt Warner will have to pick him out of a lineup featuring current AFL passing leaders Matt D'Orazio, Joe Germaine, Russ Michna, Tony Graziani, Chris Greisen, Aaron Garcia, Raymond Philyaw, Matt Nagy, Shane Stafford and, well, best of luck to ya.

Rampage need all their wins now
Because of a 52-48 loss to the Arizona Rattlers on Saturday night in Phoenix, Ariz., Grand Rapids now finds itself in a must-win situation the last quarter of the season if it wants to make the Arena Football League playoffs.

Utah Blaze: What a Blaze-ing finish
Deseret News
The Chicago Rush came into EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday night as, arguably, the best team in the Arena Football League.

Blaze: Blaze field goal burns Chicago
Salt Lake Tribune
With less than a minute remaining in Saturday night's Arena Football League game, a fan walked by Utah Blaze coach Danny White and questioned the Hall of Famer's late-game strategy for an onside kick that was unsuccessful and pretty much gave the Chicago Rush an easy touchdown.

Utah Blaze: Utah plan vs. Rush: Get lead
Deseret News
On paper, it appears like a huge mismatch. The Utah Blaze have just two wins in a dozen games. The Chicago Rush has only two losses in 11 starts.

Blaze: Easy as 1, 2, 3
Salt Lake Tribune
Conventional wisdom would suggest that the last team in the Arena Football League that the Utah Blaze want to play right now is the Chicago Rush. The 2006 ArenaBowl champions are 9-2, have won five straight games and are coming off Monday night's 72-28 thrashing of the Los Angeles Avengers on national television.

Utah Blaze QB Germaine misses practice for family matter
Deseret News
Germaine's newborn boy, not yet two weeks old, was having complications that required surgery on his heart, according to Blaze coach and general manager Danny White.

Blaze: Safeties still proving to be dangerous
Salt Lake Tribune
If there has been one particular kind of play that has just killed the Utah Blaze in their three-year existence, it has been the safety.

Errors prove costly to Blaze
Salt Lake Tribune
In a wild shootout where both quarterbacks were tossing touchdowns passes almost at will, Utah Blaze coach Danny White said it was a lowly safety that really cost his team a chance at victory Saturday night.

Blaze are playoff contenders
Deseret News
Having put together back-to-back wins after a miserable 0-9 start to the season, the Utah Blaze truly have — believe it or not — put themselves back into the Arena Football League's playoff chase.

Blaze get another shot at 'Cats
Salt Lake Tribune
It was a remarkable night for an Arena Football League franchise just getting started. On Jan. 29, 2006, the Utah Blaze marched into HP Pavilion for the first game in team history and stunned the San Jose SaberCats, 48-35.

San Jose blazing through the West
Andy Lopusnak,
The San Jose SaberCats can wrap up a playoff berth this weekend with a win over the Utah Blaze and some help (Arizona, Colorado and Kansas City must lose as well). This despite the fact that San Jose would earn just its seventh win while seven teams in the National Conference could have at least seven wins without any possible way to notch a playoff berth.

Blaze looking to run win streak to 3
Salt Lake Tribune
Fresh off two straight wins at EnergySolutions Arena, the Utah Blaze (2-9) have turned their attention to the division-leading San Jose SaberCats and, believe it or not, the Arena Football League playoff race.

Blaze: Winning jogs team's memory
Salt Lake Tribune
Having won last week for the first time all season, the Utah Blaze (1-9) spent this week working on their short-term memory as they prepared to host the 4-5 Colorado Crush at EnergySolutions tonight (7 p.m., KJZZ).

Germaine is AFL Player of the Week
Salt Lake Tribune
"Joe has been a true leader on and off the field," Blaze coach Danny White said. "He has been everything that we expected him to be and is truly deserving of this recognition."

White believes the Blaze are ready to start winning
Deseret News
There was a time in the not-so-distant past when a Danny White-coached Arena Football League team was expected to win 10-plus games per season. Now his team is on the verge of its first 10-loss regular season.

Blaze: KC brings one win to town
Salt Lake Tribune
At least Utah Blaze coach Danny White is keeping a sense of humor through what has become, by far, the worst season in his playing or coaching career.

Blaze receivers just fine sans Burley
Deseret News
Siaha Burley of the Utah Blaze set the all-time Arena Football League record for receiving yardage last season, earning him the league's Offensive Player of the Year honor. Utah went 8-8 and qualified for the playoffs.

Blaze remain winless after loss to Voodoo, 70-56
The New Orleans VooDoo (7-2) scored a franchise-high 28 third quarter points en route to their victory over the Utah Blaze (0-9) at the New Orleans Arena. Utah's losing streak was extended to nine in front of 15,041 fans on Friday night.

NO's offense too much for Utah
The Times-Picayune -
The VooDoo easily extinguished the winless Utah Blaze 70-56 before a crowd of 15,041 on Friday night at the New Orleans Arena.

Blaze: Utah spellbound
Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Blaze needed a witchdoctor to break their winless spell. What they got instead was another loss against the VooDoo on Friday at New Orleans Arena in front of a crowd of 15,041.

Winless Blaze looking to exorcise VooDoo
Deseret News
Damon Mason hasn't become the all-time leading tackler in Arena Football League history without picking up some well-earned perspective.

Utah Blaze: Ice-cold Blaze still searching
Deseret News
It's sounding like a broken record week after week, but the Utah Blaze still feel like they are much better than their record indicates and are just one victory away from climbing back into playoff contention.

Utah Blaze notebook: Team trying to shake that losing feeling
Deseret News
Devin Wyman was an all-league lineman for an Arena Football League team that was nearly perfect during the regular season in 2007, the 15-1 Dallas Desperados.

Avengers brush aside the Blaze
Los Angeles Times
The Avengers' Tim Hicks made his second Arena Football League start even more memorable than the first.

Blaze: Forget revenge
Blaze just want win - Salt Lake Tribune
Tonight's game against the Los Angeles Avengers at Staples Center was supposed to be about payback for the Utah Blaze, after the Avengers knocked them out of the Arena Football League playoffs last year.

Blaze: Playoffs? Coach of 0-6 Utah says maybe
Salt Lake Tribune
If there is a silver lining to the Utah Blaze's 0-6 start - and that's a big if for a team yet to win a game in 2008 - it is that most of the other teams in the Arena Football League's American Conference are off to bad starts, too.

Soul's defense smothers Utah
Philadelphia Inquirer
Utah has struggled to finish its Arena Football League games this season. The Soul's defense made sure the Blaze never got the chance to redeem their late-game woes last night.

Unbeaten Soul wary of winless Blaze
Philadelphia Inquirer
The 5-0 Soul sit atop the Arena Football League, sharing that coveted perch with the Dallas Desperados. At 0-5, the Utah Blaze are looking up at the league's 16 other teams.

Soul not taking winless Blaze lightly
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The 5-0 Soul will take on the 0-5 Utah Blaze in a 7 p.m. Arena Football League game today at the Wachovia Spectrum, and the records indicate this shouldn't be a very tough game for the home team.

Utah Blaze: Blaze still looking for first victory
Deseret News
On paper it looks as lopsided as can be. The 0-5 Utah Blaze, owners of the worst record in the Arena Football League, facing the hottest team around, the 5-0 Philadelphia Soul.

AFL: Soul stay unbeaten, keep Blaze winless
Salt Lake Tribune
Matt D'Orazio threw six touchdown passes and ran for a score to help the undefeated Philadelphia Soul beat the winless Utah Blaze 64-56 on Saturday night in the Arena Football League.

Soul stay undefeated
Philadelphia Inquirer
Utah has struggled to finish its Arena Football League games this season. The Soul's defense made sure the Blaze never got the chance to overcome their late-game woes tonight.

0-5 Blaze face critical stretch
Deseret News
It's hard to believe, after starting the season with five consecutive losses, that things could get any worse for the Utah Blaze.

Winless Blaze fizzle badly
Deseret News
It's an indisputable fact that the Utah Blaze are the best 0-5 team in the Arena Football League following their 70-49 loss to the Georgia Force on Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

Heartless Blaze blown out
Salt Lake Tribune
On a night when the Utah Blaze honored the player with perhaps the biggest heart, drive and desire in franchise history - deceased former receiver Justin Skaggs - and announced that they are retiring his No. 3 jersey, they played like they had no heart themselves, their veteran Arena Football League coach said.

Blaze to honor Skaggs during game
Deseret News
Justin Skaggs certainly wasn't the most talented player Danny White ever coached. He may have been the hardest worker, however.

Blaze get veteran DB in deal with LA
Salt Lake Tribune
One of the top quarterbacks in the Arena Football League is coming to EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday night - Chris Griesen of the Georgia Force - and the Utah Blaze will be ready for him with three veteran defensive backs.

Blaze may be winless but feeling confident
Deseret News
One-quarter of the Arena Football League season is over for the Utah Blaze and they still have a big goose egg in the win column. Utah, a team with championship aspirations entering the season, is one of only two winless teams in the 17-team league.

Team to remember Skaggs
Salt Lake Tribune
It has been a little more than nine months since the Utah's Blaze's Justin Skaggs died due to a cancerous brain tumor, but the Arena Football League franchise does not want to wait for the one-year mark to honor the popular receiver and linebacker.

Utah offense falls flat
Salt Lake Tribune
The team that keeps inventing ways to lose did it again Friday night, only this time there was a scapegoat not normally mentioned when the Utah Blaze play at EnergySolutions Arena: The offense.

Blaze eye removal of goose egg
Deseret News
Two Arena Football League teams that entered the 2008 season with high expectations will play tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.

Breaking it down - 2008 Week Three
Andy Lopusnak,
With Week Three of the 2008 Arena Football League season in the books, here are some breakdowns of this past week’s AFL action based on interesting statistical and historical notes, weekly leaders and other things from each game.

Blaze lose to Predators, drop to 0-3
Deseret News
For the third consecutive week to start out the 2008 Arena Football League season, the Utah Blaze found a way to lose on Friday night.

2 teams without a victory square off
Deseret News
After two frustrating losses to open the Arena Football League season, a win tonight could do wonders for the Utah Blaze.

Blaze: Rough journey ends with first 0-2 Utah start
Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Blaze lost a lot of time getting to Cleveland for Sunday's Arena Football League showdown with the Gladiators, thanks to a massive winter storm that dumped almost 2 feet of snow in Ohio and caused their connecting flight from Chicago to be canceled Saturday.

No joke: Defense has Gladiators 2-0
Two games into the 2008 Arena Football League season, the undefeated Gladiators have already won as many games as they did in all of 2007, when they were playing home games in Las Vegas.

QB returns in a blaze of glory
Akron Beacon Journal
Joe Germaine is the type of guy who wants to look back on his football career and not have any regrets. The resident of Chandler, Ariz., and former quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes returns to the state today as his team, the Utah Blaze, takes on the Cleveland Gladiators at 12:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.

Blaze: Blaze hope to avoid 1st 0-2 start
Salt Lake Tribune
For all his years in the Arena Football League, Utah Blaze coach Danny White can't remember being dealt a more bizarre early-season schedule than this one.

Germaine finds his pro niche
The Plain Dealer -
Utah Blaze quarterback Joe Germaine plays ice-cold. He does not faze easily even when his coach puts him on the griddle in happy times. In the off-season, Germaine signed a four- year extension that will keep him with the Blaze at least through 2012.

Rattlers bring intrigue to opener
Salt Lake Tribune
Either the Arena Football League's schedule-makers have a twisted sense of humor, or they realize the potential for a dramatic start to the league's 22nd season when they see it.

Week 1 Power Poll Rankings
Bleacher Report
Here is the first power rankings going into week 1 of the Arena Football season.

Ground game gets shot in arm
Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Blaze have been known for their offensive prowess in their first two seasons, pumping out record-setting seasons by their quarterbacks and receivers since opening in 2006.

Tickets going fast for home opener
Salt Lake Tribune
Plenty of unknowns surround the Utah Blaze as they prepare for their third season-opener in the Arena Football League, a rematch on Saturday with the Arizona Rattlers at EnergySolutions Arena.

New linemen expected to aid Blaze pass rush
Deseret News
If there's one thing the Utah Blaze have been struggling with over their first two years of existence, it's defense.

What's this? Blaze may actually try to run the ball, too
Deseret News
Arena football is a pass-happy game. Running the football just isn't usually an effective way of moving the football down the field in the AFL. The running back is really more of a fourth lineman protecting the quarterback than he is a ball-carrier.

Blaze coach talking about winning title
Deseret News
You have to believe there are coaches that would love to strangle Danny White — and not just because he's won two championships in the Arena Football League.

No ordinary Joe: QB Germaine looks to Blaze frontier for Utah's AFL team
Deseret News
The quarterback, no matter what the league or level, is always a focal point of a football team.

Spotlight shines on Germaine
Salt Lake Tribune
Utah Blaze receiver Aaron Boone has a theory, which wouldn't seem like that big of a deal if it weren't coming from a player who catches passes for a living.

Utah Blaze: Germaine signs four-year extension
Salt Lake Tribune
It appears that Joe Germaine will be the Utah Blaze's starting quarterback for a long, long time. Germaine, the former Ohio State quarterback, has agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep him in a Utah uniform through the 2012 season.

Blaze suffer a big loss as Olsen ends career
Deseret News
Olsen, the former BYU star, has been released from his contract by the Blaze at his request, Olsen confirmed Tuesday afternoon on 1280 AM (the Zone).

Former OSU, UM players reflect on game's intensity
Tribune Chronicle
Joe Germaine, who led the Buckeyes to a 31-16 victory over Michigan in 1998, said Cooper was a good mentor for him.