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Vinny Testaverde


Vincent Frank Testaverde

Inducted 2013

Date of Birth



Brooklyn, NY


University of Miami (1982-1986)


One of the most celebrated players in a Hurricane history, Miami’s Vinny Testaverde claimed virtually every major award during his senior season in 1986. As a senior, Testaverde earned unanimous first-team All-American honors, and he won the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and UPI Player of the Year awards. He led the Canes to three consecutive bowls, including the 1987 Fiesta Bowl National Championship game. He finished his collegiate career with more than 6,000 passing yards and 48 touchdown passes, and ranked in the top five in virtually every passing category in school history. Testaverde, who was a redshirt on Miami’s 1983 national championship team, went 23-3 as a starter playing for legendary coaches Howard Schnellenberger and Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson. In 1985, he was a second team All-America and placed fifth in the Heisman voting. Tampa Bay selected Testaverde as the No. 1 overall selection in the 1987 NFL Draft, and his pro career spanned 21 seasons with seven different teams. He was a 1998 All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection.


Height 6'5

Weight 218

Career Highlights

  • 1986 Heisman Trophy Winner
  • 1986 Led nation in passing
  • 1986 Maxwell Award Winner
  • 1986 O'Brien Award Winner
  • 1986 Unanimous All-America
  • 1986 Walter Cammp Award Winner
  • 1985 Heisman - Fifth
  • 1985 Second Team All-America
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