September 3, 2001



Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Monday that the club has acquired QB JOE GERMAINE from St. Louis in exchange for the Chiefs sixth-round selection in the 2002 NFL Draft. As per Chiefs policy, no other terms of the agreement were made available.

Germaine (6-0, 203), a three-year NFL veteran, had spent his entire pro career with St. Louis after entering the league as a fourth-round choice (101st overall) of the Rams in the ’99 draft. Last season, Germaine did not appear in any contests and was inactive for 11 games and did not see action in five others. He began the season as the third quarterback but moved up to work as the backup to current Chiefs QB Trent Green when starter Kurt Warner was injured.

In his rookie season Germaine played in three games in a relief role. His most extensive action came in the regular season finale at Philadelphia (1/2/00) when he completed nine of 16 passes for 136 yards (56.3 percent) with one touchdown and two interceptions. Germaine threw his first NFL touchdown and longest pass of his career, a 63-yarder, in the fourth quarter to WR Torry Holt in that contest.

A product of Ohio State, Germaine was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and tied or set eight school records. He completed 230 of 384 passes (59.9 percent) for 3,330 yards and 25 touchdowns with only seven interceptions in ‘98. He shared QB duties in ‘97 with Stanley Jackson but still ranked third nationally in passing efficiency with 160.4 rating, completing 129 of 210 passes for 1,847 yards and 16 touchdowns. He completed 80 of 147 passes during his sophomore campaign, finishing with 1,193 yards with 15 touchdowns and four INTs. He did not play as a freshman after transferring from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Germaine was a prep standout at Mountain View (Mesa, Ariz.) high school setting career records with 3,782 yards passing. He completed 123 of 209 passes for 2,081 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior. Germaine was drafted as a shortstop by the Colorado Rockies coming out of high school.

In order to make room on the roster for Germaine the Chiefs released QB Bubby Brister. As the number three QB Brister appeared in all four preseason games this season for the Chiefs. The NFL’s oldest quarterback, he spent 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, the N.Y. Jets, Denver and Minnesota. In 99 career games (75 starts) Brister completed 1,207 of 2,212 passes for 14,445 yards with 81 touchdowns and 78 interceptions. He set career highs in ‘90 with Pittsburgh when he started 16 games and connected on 223 of 387 passes for 2,725 yards with 20 TDs and 14 INTs. With Denver, he started four games of the ’98 season for the injured John Elway and posted a 4-0 record as the Broncos compiled a 14-2 regular season record and claimed a victory in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Patrick Herb

Kansas City Chiefs

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