Daniel Carl "Danny" Wuerffel
Danny Wuerffel, recipient of the 1996 Heisman Trophy and member of championship football teams in the FHSAA, NCAA and NFL Europe, follows fellow Gator and Northwest Florida native Emmitt Smith as the second student-athlete to be inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame.
Wuerffel was the quarterback of the 14-0 Class 4A state champion football team for Fort Walton Beach High School in 1991, where he was the Most Valuable Offensive Player on USA Today's All-Florida Team and a SuperPrep All-America selection. Over his career, he totalled 323 pass completions for 5,442 yards and 49 touchdowns. The class valedictorian, Wuerffel also played basketball and competed in track & field, and served as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years.
At the University of Florida, Wuerffel hit his stride as quarterback of the top-ranked Gators, leading them to a national championship in 1996. As the wins mounted, so too did his list of honors and achievements. Wuerffel received the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Player of the Year award, the Maxwell Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and the Sammy Baugh Passer Award over the 1995-96 seasons. He was twice named a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American and Davey O'Brien Award recipient, and received SEC Player of the Year honors. During his time at UF, Wuerffel completed 708 passes for 10,875 yards and 114 touchdowns, throwing six touchdown passes in the 1996 SEC championship game against Alabama. He set four NCAA passing records, 12 SEC records and 32 school records.
Wuerffel was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round of the 1997 draft. He remained with the Saints until 2000, when he signed as a free agent with the Green Bay Packers. He played for the Rhein Fire in the 2000 NFL Europe League season, leading the league with a 7-3 record and winning the World Bowl and All-NFL Europe honors. He led the league with 2,042 yards and a record 25 touchdowns. Wuerffel then played one season with the Chicago Bears in 2001 and one with the Washington Redskins in 2002.