Danny Wuerffel, Florida
Head coach Steve Spurrier had many quarterbacks put up some crazy numbers when he coached the University of Florida Gators, but few quarterbacks ran his “Fun ‘n’ Gun” offense as marvelously as Danny Wuerffel. During his time in Gainesville, Wuerffel completed 708 of 1,170 passes for 10,875 yards and 114 touchdown passes, setting SEC records and piling up the second-most passing yards in major college history.
But Wuerffel, like many of Spurrier’s quarterbacks, was the modern precursor to the concept of “system quarterbacks.” Wuerffel lacked the arm strength, and the general ability to adapt to the pro game. At one point, people began to call him “Danny Awful.” He played for four teams in six years, the last of which coming in Washington when Spurrier was the coach of the Redskins. Since retiring, he has dedicated most of his time to Desire Street Ministries, a non-profit organization that’s now based in Atlanta.