Testaverde makes it to the (college) Hall of Fame

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University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde emerged from college with a Heisman Trophy and the most can’t-miss of all can’t-miss projections for the next level.

And then he ended up being a bust.  For a while.

Eventually, Testaverde developed into a very good NFL quarterback, proving that where a quarterback ends up has a huge influence on whether he ends up being very good or very bad or somewhere in between.

Though never good enough to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Testaverde will join the College Football Hall of Fame.  Testaverde is among 12 players and two coaches who will be inducted later this year.

The class includes running back Ron Dayne, tackle Orlando Pace, linebacker Tedy Bruschi, and quarterback Danny Wuerffel, a 1996 Heisman winner who was a complete and total bust at all stops in the NFL.

23 responses to “Testaverde makes it to the (college) Hall of Fame

  1. I remember as a kid when the local Tampa Q-Zoo morning show would make jokes like Reagan should hire Testaverde to overthrow Libya or Panama or whoever it was. Morning radio really stunk in the 80s (now it stinks and it’s politically correct).

  2. I must’ve blinked and missed the time Vinny “developed into a very good NFL quarterback.” Was that when he was with the Brown? Those were the days!!!
    Gimme a break. Vinny Testaverde wasn’t even the caliber of Kerry Collins in the NFL.
    In college, Vinny was outplayed by a Penn State QB named John Shaffer for the National Championship.

  3. His performance against Penn State (which I completely enjoyed as a Philly kid who loved the Nittany Lions) should automatically disqualify him from consideration from the college football hall of fame.

  4. To hitchhike on onebucpaces comment – I remember in the 80s vacationing in st Pete and one rainy day going to the movies where they showed a bucs pr piece before the film. When testeverdes’ face came on screen it was like flounder from animal house- there was so much stuff thrown at the screen they had to stop the film and turn up the lights and clean up before showing the feature

  5. bobzilla1001 – If you want to speak on a subject, make sure you know what you’re talking about. Testaverde led the Browns (and the Ravens when they moved) to the playoffs. He then went to the Jets and led them as far as the AFC Championship. He was a league leader numerous times over his career, and is top ten in every all-time QB statistic.

    Oh, and teams thought he was good enough to start halfway through a season when he was over 40, and started 20 years in the NFL.

  6. Interception machine. Never could really command an offense.

    A major indicator of a good QB is that they transform their flaws or at least have the smarts to know what their strengths are & play to them.

    One of the most frustrating things about watching Testaverde is that in certain situations you could always count on him to repeat the same mistakes over and over. Drew Bledsoe would be another one who did that.

  7. Vinny wasn’t too bad durIng the middle of his career. He was never great, and I always felt like teams that picked him up we’re really throwing up a hail mary on him as a last resort. Gotta give him a TON of credit for his longevity. That resulted in him being top 10 all time in most categories, good and bad.

  8. Love me some Vinny T.. cant forget the 98′ season or that Monday Miracle. 250 yards and 4 touchdowns… in the 4th quarter! Hate all you want but that guy slung it for the Jets

  9. “Eventually, Testaverde developed into a very good NFL quarterback”

    Seriously, why does the media want everyone to forget how suck this guy really was?

    He lost 33 more games than he won, posted 4 winning seasons in 20 years, had a career 2-5 playoff record and only posted a QB rating of 90 or more TWICE. He also threw 267 INTS and had a career completion percentage of 56.5.


  10. I don’t understand the cheap shot against Wuerffel. I realize you have a raging hatred of Tebow, which is fine, but is this manifesting itself in hatred of all things Florida?

    The guy was a mid round pick, was not highly regarded and had a nondescript career. He went on to do some great things after his NFL career was over.

    I don’t see you cracking on Tommy Frazier another stellar CFB star who had a career cut short due to blood clots. Its highly dubious what kind of NFL career Ron Dayne had as well, but I digress.

    Don’t understand the dig

  11. If I remember correctly, the public found out Vinny was color blind when Terry Bradshaw announced during a game against the Lions that Vinny’s wife had to pack his luggage for road trips since otherwise nothing would match. I have the game on VHS — also future Temco Super Bowl star Wayne Haddix had 2 INTs in that game.

  12. cardmagnet:
    PFT said Testaverde “developed into a very good NFL quarterback.” I take issue with that. He was no better than a Kerry Collins, who once upon a time played in a Super Bowl.
    Quarterbacking a team to the playoffs is so difficult, even Vince Young, Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman, and Vinny Testaverde can do it.
    To me, “developing into a very good NFL quarterback” means more than simply qualifying for the postseason.
    But I’m sure Vinny appreciates your support.

  13. What’s with the shot at Wuerffel? He’s a great guy, one of the all-time great Gators and his NFL career was twice as long as your boy Tebow’s.

  14. As a Browns fan it’s unreal to think the last time we won a playoff game he was our QB throwing to the likes of Michael Jackson and Mark Carrier……I always thought Vinny was underrated. Good for him.

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