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Gino Torretta


Gino Louis Torretta

Inducted 2009

Date of Birth



Pinole Valley, CA


University of Miami (1989-1992)


A key factor in many of Miami’s national championship-contending teams, Gino Torretta became one of the most decorated players in college football history, claiming consensus first -team All-America honors, the Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards in 1992. As a freshman on the 1989 National Championship team, Torretta posted a 3-1 record as a starter while filling in for injured quarterback Craig Erickson. As a junior, Torretta led the Hurricanes to the 1991 National Championship game and was named the Big East Player of the Year. During his senior season in 1992, Torretta once again led Miami to the National Championship game and a Big East Championship. Torretta again took home Big East Player of the Year as well as the 1992 Tanqueray World Amateur Athlete of the Year. He set the conference record for lowest career percentage of interceptions (1.94), passing yards in a single-game (485) and longest passing play (99) yards, also an NCAA record. Torretta led Miami to a 26-2 record as a starter and was part of Miami’s NCAA record 58-game home winning streak. Torretta was drafted in the seventh round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The quarterback played five seasons in the NFL and spent time with the Vikings, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.


Height 6'3

Weight 205

Career Highlights

  • 1992 All-Conference
  • 1992 Camp Award winner
  • 1992 Conference MVP
  • 1992 Consensus All-America
  • 1992 Heisman Trophy winner
  • 1992 Maxwell Award winner
  • 1992 O'Brien Award winner
  • 1991 All-Conference
  • 1991 Conference MVP
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