It's Danny's Turn

There are a few first names in Gators' football history that when said it is understood exactly who that person is. When speaking of Gator Greats and you just say ‘Danny', only one person comes to mind. It's Danny Wuerffel's turn to take his place among college football's greats in the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame. Wuerffel is one of 76 former players on the ballot.

If I said Emmitt, there is zero doubt it would conjure up memories of the NFL's all-time leading rusher and the greatest running back to ever play at Florida. The name ‘Steve' takes you right to the first Heisman Trophy winner and winningest coach in school history, Steve Spurrier. ‘Wilber' still brings smiles to Gators' fans faces while Wilber Marshall may still scare opposing ball carriers that used to face him. ‘Carlos' was a guy with wings and Carlos Alverez is among the rest of the above group that resides in the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

It's Danny's turn.

Wuerffel is one of three Gators to win the Heisman trophy. He is the 1996 winner of NFF Campbell Trophy, the Heisman, Walter Camp, Maxwell, and consecutive Davey O'Brien awards. He is a two-time SEC Player of the Year who led Gators to 1996 National Championship and four SEC championships Upon graduation, Wuerffel held 48 records (4 NCAA, 12 SEC and 32 Florida).

Wuerffel holds the school record with 114 touchdown passes in his four years on campus and was part of a revolutionary offense at Florida that forced a change in the way that SEC teams played defense. He still holds the national passing efficiency record for his single season 178.4 efficiency rating in 1995.

The accolades would be 100 fold if we went into all the philanthropic ventures that Danny Wuerffel has been involved in from his playing days until now.

To be eligible for the NFF ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least ten years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.

If chosen to receive the honor, Wuerffel would be the tenth and join Gator Greats E Dale Van Sickel 1927-29 (Inducted in 1975), QB Steve Spurrier 1964-66 (1986), DE Jack Youngblood 1968-70 (1992), RB Emmitt Smith 1987-89 (2006), LB Wilber Marshall 1980-83 (2008), and WR Carlos Alvarez 1969-71 (2011). This group joins coaches Charles Bachman 1928-32 (1978), Ray Graves 1960-69 (1990), and Doug Dickey 1970-78 (2003) with the distinction.

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