Wuerffel Discusses Ministry, Tebow Part 1

In 1996, Danny Wuerffel was clearly the most popular player in Gator Football history. His combination of on-field success and off-field demeanor and priorities made him the favorite of all Gator Nation. Among those who idolized Danny was a Jacksonville kid named Timmy Tebow who has since supplanted Wuerffel as the most popular Gator ever, and that's just fine with Wuerffel.

I had the pleasure of having Danny on my radio program Tuesday and he talked about his Desire Street Ministries (desirestreet.org) which is now in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Atlanta and has plans to expand to a dozen cities in the next five to ten years. We spoke about that and we spoke about Tim as a player, person and professional prospect.


LV: Danny, give us an update on Desire Street

DW: "We're continuing to do a lot of work in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. In face we are re-opening our medical clinic at the end of August which is the four year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. We've got a lot going on there but we've also transition into thinking about how we can help people start and grow inner city ministries and community development in several cities."

LV: Are you doing this mostly through your NFL and Gator connections or is there other outside involvement?

DW: "A whole variety of people have gotten involved and several NFL guys have participated but far and away it's been the Gator Nation that has really stepped forward and been supportive of what we've been doing."

LV: How gratifying has that been for you that you still get that kind of support from Gators a dozen years after your last game in Orange and Blue?

DW: "It's incredibly humbling. It's one of those things where I thought I was walking away from being a celebrity to work in ministry but actually the opposite happened. Instead of (sort of) disappearing to help folks a whole bunch of people rallied and joined the team. It's been great to have so many people reach out and participate."

LV: You and Tim Tebow couldn't be more alike as people and more dissimilar as football players. Talk about Tim and your relationship with him.

DW: "It's been a great pleasure and a privilege to get to know Tim and his family. We've been to several events from time to time and it's been a pleasure to watch him develop as a football player. I actually once coached him at a football camp with Kerwin Bell and Shane Matthews and to see him grow up and be such a dominant player for the Gators have been great. I think even more than that to see how he handles himself off the field; to see how he has in a very tasteful way been a wonderful ambassador in using his platform to share who he is and what he believes and his faith has been great to see. He is who he is. He's not putting on a show. He's a legitimate and real person and it's refreshing to see."

LV: What are your thoughts on the way he plays as almost a fullback, quarterback combination?

DW: "It really is. He runs like Mike Alstott and throws like Dan Marino. I don't think he gets as much credit for his passing because he's a good runner. I think he is a much better passer than people give him credit for. He made some phenomenal throws in the SEC Championship and the BCS Championship threading passes within inches of where they had to be on time. I think he's a great athlete and a very unique combination of different types of athletes."

Wuerffel went on to point out the uniqueness of Time Tebow is not limited to his combination of physical gifts.

DW: "In one sense he has this very smart, calm mind where he's a thinking quarterback and he's making good decisions. On the other hand he has this intense passion like a wedge-buster on the kickoff or a middle linebacker so he's pretty fun to watch."


In part two, Wuerffel talks about Tebow as a professional prospect, Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer.

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