Testaverde elected to College Hall

Posted May 7, 2013

Former Browns quarterback Vinny Testaverde has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Vinny Testaverde, a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns from 1993 to 1995, has been selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) Class.

The 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class will be inducted at the National Football Foundation’s 56th annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The class also will be honored at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2, 2014, with the enshrinement scheduled to take place in the summer of 2014.

Testaverde quarterbacked the University of Miami (Fla.) in 1982, and again from 1984-86 and will be the sixth former Hurricane honored with induction. He is joined in the class by Ohio natives in offensive lineman Orlando Pace (Sandusky/Ohio State) and linebacker Percy Snow (Canton/Michigan State).

For a player to be selected, they must have been a first-team All-American, be at least 10 years removed (but no more than 50) from last playing at the college level and is a good citizen in the community.

With the Browns, Testaverde completed 578 of 998 attempts for 7,255 yards and 47 touchdowns against 37 interceptions. In 1994, Testaverde led the Browns to a second-place finish in the AFC Central Division and a Wildcard berth into the playoffs, where the team defeated the New England Patriots, 20-13, before losing at Pittsburgh in the Divisional round.

During his senior season, Testaverde completed 175 of 276 attempts for 2,557 yards and 26 touchdowns against nine interceptions, and finished the year with a 165.8 quarterback rating en route to earning first-team All-America recognition and winning the Heisman Trophy, as well as the Walter Camp, Maxwell, and United Press International Player of the Year awards.

For his career at Miami, Testaverde threw for more than 6,000 yards and 48 touchdown passes and went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the first pick in the 1987 NFL Draft. After being drafted by the Buccaneers, Testaverde completed 3,787 passes for 46,233 yards and 275 touchdowns against 267 interceptions in his NFL career.

Founded in 1947 with leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, and scholarships of over $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF presents the MacArthur Bowl, the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings.

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