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Audio Archive Feature: Danny Wuerffel Heisman Profile on NPR’s Morning Edition

Aired on NPR’s Morning Edition on December 13th, 1996

1361998173DW-w-trophy-in-uniform- - Copy(Original Intro) In New York tomorrow (Dec.14th,1996) the Heisman Trophy will be awarded to the nation’s top college football player.  One of the top finalists is Danny Wuerffel, the quarterback from the University of Florida who’s helped the Gators win four consecutive Southeastern conference titles and a place in this year’s Sugar Bowl.  But in his home state of Florida, Danny Wuerffel is known for being much more than just a great football player.  From member station WUFT in Gainesville, Donna Green-Townsend has this profile.

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Danny Wuerffel 1993 to 1996On December 10th, 2013 Danny Wuerffel was named to the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Induction Class.   Voters said he had one of the most impressive records ever compiled.   Wuerffel was the only player in college football history to start at quarterback for a conference champion four straight years — plus win a national title and the 1996 Heisman.  In addition, Wuerffel, a two-time first-team academic All-American, was awarded the Draddy Trophy (also called the “academic Heisman”) presented annually by the College Football Hall of Fame, to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete.

And then there were his statistics.  In Wuerffel’s career at UF he completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 10,875 yards, 114 touchdowns and 42 interceptions in starting 36 of his 46 games.

During Wuerffel’s four seasons, Florida won four-consecutive SEC title games.  As a senior, Wuerffel’s 3,625 yards passing yards were an SEC record.  He also set a national record for his 39 touchdowns.   In his final two games in a Gator uniform, Wuerffel threw for 401 yards and 6 touchdowns to beat Alabama (which at the time was the No. 1-ranked pass defense) for that fourth-straight league crown.   In the Sugar Bowl national championship rematch over rival Florida State, Wuerffel  threw for more than 300 yards and 3 touchdowns (also rushing for a TD) in a 52-20 victory against the top-ranked defense in the country

Danny Wuerffel on his Christmas CD Project to Benefit Desire Street Ministries

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Cover of Danny Wuerffel’s Christmas CD

Aside from football, Danny Wuerffel has dedicated his time to the work of Desire Street Ministries.  Danny produced “Heaven & Nature Sings” Christmas CD to help with the goals of the ministry which is transforming impoverished urban neighborhoods into flourishing, healthy communities.

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From Donna’s Audio Archives: Former Heisman Winner Danny Wuerffel’s Christmas CD

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Cover of Danny Wuerffel’s Christmas CD

Heisman Trophy Winner and former UF Gator quarterback Danny Wuerffel is known for his passion for mission work.  Just a few years after winning a national college football championship while playing QB for the Gators Danny decided to gather some football buddies and other friends and family together to produce a Christmas CD.

Former Gators Jason Odom, Lawrence Wright and James Bates joined Wuerffel on, Go Tell It On The Mountain.  Members of the well-known band Sister Hazel, Ken Block and Andrew Copeland, performed on He Come From The Glory and Silent Night.  The goal of the music project was to benefit Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans.  Wuerffel wanted proceeds from the Heaven & Nature Sings Christmas CD to go toward helping the ministry with its goal of transforming impoverished urban neighborhoods into flourishing, healthy communities.  From Donna’s 2001 audio archives here’s the feature she produced on Wuerffel’s music venture.

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