Daniel Carl Wuerffel (born May 27, 1974) is a former college and professional American football quarterback who won the 1996 Heisman Trophy and the 1996 national football championship while playing college football for the University of Florida. Wuerffel was a prolific passer in coach Steve Spurrier‘s offense. He led the nation in touchdown passes in 1995 and 1996, and set numerous school and conference records. Wuerffel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
After graduating from Florida, Wuerffel was drafted by the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He spent six years in the league with four teams, and also played a season in NFL Europe, where he led the Rhein Fire to a league championship and was named MVP of World Bowl 2000.
In the 1996 national collegiate championship against Florida State, in the last minutes of the fourth quarter, Wuerffel threw an incredible pass that won the game and the championship. Immediately after the game, the news media thrust a mike in his face and asked him what it was like to throw that pass and win the national championship game.
Without missing a beat, Wuerffel replied that he gives all the glory to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all that he is able to do. The news media immediately switched to another announcer, but it was too late. Danny Wuerffel’s witness to the Lord was broadcast on national television.
While few people have Danny Wuerffel’s talents with the football, all of us have God-given gifts and talents. You may never have an opportunity to speak before a nation-wide television audience. But there will be other critical moments when all eyes are on you, and you have a brief opportunity to tell what is most important in your life – who is on the throne of your life.
Will you be a Danny Wuerffel and witness to the sovereign, living God of the universe, or will you give credit to your colleagues or to yourself? You will have an opportunity to proclaim on whose team you serve.