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The Countdown: 7 Days Until Oregon Football Opens Season

A.J. Feeley #7

Oregon football is just seven days away from kicking off the 2017 season vs Southern Utah at Autzen Stadium.

If you’ve been following us on Instagram @eugene_levys_eyebrows, then you’ve been counting down the Duck players of past and present this summer.

We started at No. 99 with Canton Kaumatule and it’s almost hard to believe we’re seven days away from opening day.

Let’s take a look at seven interesting facts about Oregon’s former No. 7 A.J. Feeley:

  • During his best season with the Ducks in 1999, Feeley averaged 7.5 yards per attempt
  • He was selected in the fifth round (No. 155 overall) of 2001 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. During his rookie campaign, Feeley threw an interception 7.1 percent of the time. It was the second-highest number during his pro career
  • After two years in Philly, Feeley was traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2004. After completing 7 passes in two games off the bench, Feeley started six straight games to conclude that NFL season. During that span, he led the Dolphins to a 3-3 record, including tossing 9 touchdown passes
  • By his junior year at Oregon, a certain sophomore was nipping at his heels with identical 7.5 yards per pass averages. Of course, that youngster was none other than the legendary Joey Harrington. 1999 was Feeley’s most productive season in college, but it also marked the end of his journey as a starter with the Ducks. As you recall, following an arm injury to conclude his junior year, he finished his career as a senior back-up to Harrington
  • 1999’s Pac-10 opener vs No. 16 USC went down in the history books as one of the greatest games in Duck history! Feeley led Oregon past the Trojans and former Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, 33-30, in triple overtime at Autzen Stadium. Feeley passed for 275 yards and three scores, moving the Ducks to 3-1 on the year and 1-0 in the conference. The massive victory moved an unranked Duck team into the AP Top 25 at No. 25. They would finish No. 19 overall that season following a 24-20 Sun Bowl win vs Minnesota
  • After backing up Harrington in college, Feeley found himself ensuring the Eagles if their starter Donovan McNabb went down at the next level. However, in his rookie season finale, Feeley came off the bench in the fourth quarter for one of the more memorable moments of the 2001 NFL season. Feeley threw two touchdowns in 26 seconds to spur the Eagles from a 13-3 deficit to 17-13 winners
  • Feeley played for five total NFL organization’s, including two different stops in Philadelphia. The product of Idaho represented the Eagles, Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers during his 11-year career. He wore the uniform numbers of No. 4, 7 and 14. He retired after throwing 28 career TDs

Sunday we will feature the No. 6 of my main man De’Anthony Thomas. Keep calm, the Ducks are just seven days away from a new beginning.

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