Danny Wuerffel To Receive Humanitarian Award

The World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame and the Heisman Foundation have selected Danny Wuerffel, Heisman winner from University of Florida in 1996, to receive the "Tradition of Excellence Award" for 2005. The Award, co-sponsored by the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame and the Heisman Memorial Trophy program, was initiated for the purpose of honoring a former Heisman recipient who has gone on to a successful career and who is an outstanding humanitarian.

"Danny Wuerffel has always exemplified a winner, both on and off the field," said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Memorial Trophy. "His football ability earned him the 1996 Heisman Trophy, but it is his charitable endeavors and his compassion for those in need, that will continue his legacy far beyond the playing field."

"I'm very blessed to receive this award, particularly because it pays tribute to those who have discovered the inner joy from being outward focused," said Wuerffel. "Self-fulfillment really does come when we learn to worry less about ourselves and more about the needs of others.

Wuerffel's time is now spent with the Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans whose mission is to improve communities by bringing the gospel to the impoverished.

Representatives from the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, and Heisman Memorial Trophy will present the award to Wuerffel on September 17, 2005 at the University of Florida game vs. Tennessee in Gainesville and accepting on behalf of Florida will be Athletics Director, Jeremy Foley. The award will also be presented to Wuerffel at the Hall of Fame's annual Induction Ceremony in spring 2006.

Former winners of the "Tradition of Excellence Award" are; Jim Plunkett, Stanford; Archie Griffin, Ohio State; the graduates from the Military Academies, Glen Davis, Doc Blanchard, Pete Dawkins, Roger Staubach, Joe Bellino; John Lattner, Notre Dame; and Steve Owens, University of Oklahoma.

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