Chris Weinke (Florida State)
Chris Weinke enrolled at Florida State in 1997, when he was already 25 years old (he spent the previous six years pursuing a Major League Baseball career). As the quarterback of one of the best Seminoles teams ever assembled, he won the Heisman Trophy in 2000, ahead of guys like Drew Brees and LaDainian Tomlinson. By the time he was selected in the 4th round of the 2001 NFL Draft, Weinke was already a few months away from his 29th birthday. He played five seasons in the NFL, which included a two-year stint where he was out of the league (2003 and 2004).
After retirement, Weinke teamed with Pro Football Hall of Fame coach John Madden and became the director of the IMG Madden Football Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The Academy offers a comprehensive football training program that emphasizes teaching the fundamental techniques of the game. In 2011, Weinke worked with the Carolina Panthers’ number one draft pick Cam Newton at IMG up to two hours a day during the NFL lockout. Weinke had been hired as quarterbacks coach of the St. Louis Rams for a brief stint. As of December 8, 2017 it has been reported that Weinke will join Jeremy Pruitt’s staff for the University of Tennessee football team.