GAINESVILLE — Danny Wuerffel, the former Florida Heisman Trophy-winner who led Florida to its first national championship, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.
Wuerffel, 38, led Florida to four-consecutive SEC Championships (1993-96) and one national championship (1996). When he completed his collegiate career, he held 48 records (four NCAA, 12 SEC and 32 Florida), and threw for 10,875 yards with 114 touchdowns. He is the seventh Florida player to be inducted into the College Hall of Fame.
"What an incredible honor," Wuerffel said. "To think about the guys in this class, and looking over the history of it, to be included in this is a tremendous honor for me. … I just can't thank the Gator Nation enough. It is great to be a Florida Gator."
The Class of 2013 was announced Tuesday by the National Football Foundation, and includes former Miami Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde. Also in the class: Ted Brown (N.C. State), Tedy Bruschi (Arizona), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin), Tommie Frazier (Nebraska), Jerry Gray (Texas), Steve Meilinger (Kentucky), Orlando Pace (Ohio State), Rod Shoate (Oklahoma), Percy Snow (Michigan State) and Don Trull (Baylor). Former coaches Wayne Hardin (Navy, 1959-64; Temple 1970-82) and Bill McCartney (Colorado 1982-94) also will be inducted.
One of the first calls Wuerrfel made after he learned he had been named an inductee was to former coach Steve Spurrier.
"I just took the opportunity to really thank him for all that he's done in my life, and the way that his coaching has impacted much more than just football for me," Wuerffel said. "And so, it was really nice to get that moment."
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