Danny Wuerffel: 1996 Heisman Trophy Winner
While playing four seasons for UF, Wuerffel led the Gators to 4 SEC titles and a 1996 National Title
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Wuerffel - A Champion On and Off the Field
Not only was the 1996 Heisman winner the best on the field, but he was the top performer in the classroom as well.
In four years with the Gators, Wuerffel
threw for an SEC career best 10,875
yards and 114 TD's.  His career 163.56
passing rating was the best in major
college football history.
1996 Heisman Trophy Voting Results
Rank
Player
School
  Pos.
1st Place
Votes
Total
Points
1
Danny Wuerffel
Florida
  QB
300
1,363
2
Troy Davis
Iowa State
  RB
209
1,174
3
Jake Plummer
Arizona State
  QB
116
685
4
Orlando Pace
Ohio State
  OT
87
599
5
Warrick Dunn
FSU
  RB
40
341
Wuerffel became Florida's second
Heisman winner in 1996.
Who's Your 'Draddy'?
Along with being an All-American
on the field, Wuerffel also excelled
as a student.  The Gator's QB won
the 1996 Draddy Award that is
presented to the nation's top
student athlete.
Wuerffel's 1996 Heisman Season
Saving His Best For Last
After already having led the Gators to SEC championships in 1993, 94
and 95, Wuerffel took his game and the University of Florida football
program to new heights in 1996.

While leading Florida to an 11-1 record, the senior QB completed 207 of
360 passes for 3,625 yards and an SEC all-time best 39 TD passes.

Season highlights included:

  • Out dueling  Peyton Manning and Tennessee in a week 3
    showdown as Florida beat the No. 2 ranked Vols 35-29.
  • Directing the offense through a Blizkrieg of opponents in weeks 3-
    7 as Florida beat UK 65-0, Arkansas 42-7, No. 12 LSU 56-13, No.
    16 Auburn 51-10 and UGA 47-7.
  • Leading UF past Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.  
  • Beating FSU 52-20 in the BCS Championship game to secure
    Florida's first national championship in the program's history.
  • Earned a 170.6 Quarterback rating and became the first
    quarterback to achieve a 170+ rating two seasons in a row.
A 'Desire' to Serve
After taking off his football pads, the
1996 Heisman winner began calling
signals for the New Orleans based
Desire Street Ministries.  The faith based
organization develops game plans for
revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods
in New Orleans through spiritual and
community development.
As the 1996 Heisman winner continues
to score results for Desire Ministries,
stay updated with
Danny's Messages
on DesireStreet.org
Saint Danny
Following his collegiate career, the former Gators QB was
drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round of the
1997 NFL Draft.  Wuerffel played for three seasons in New
Orleans and played single seasons in Green Bay, Chicago
and Washington.
Wuerffel Joins the
College Football Hall of Fame
Former Gator quarterback Danny Wuerffel joined another elite team in
May 2013 when he was elected as a member of the College Football Hall
of Fame.  Along with winning a national championship while leading the
Gators offense, Wuerffel set NCAA career passing records with 10,875
passing yards and 114 TD passes.
"I'm thankful for what college football has meant in my life ... and how it
allowed me to help other people," said Wuerffel, who appeared at a news
conference following the announcement of his election to the Hall.
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