Tales From Beyond the Gator Swamp
Mar 09, 2021 11:45 AM
Danny Wuerffel, Heisman, ED Desire St. Ministries
Tales From Beyond the Gator Swamp
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Danny Wuerffel is the Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries, headquartered Atlanta.  Following his career in football, Danny felt called to serve those in under‐resourced neighborhoods, which continues to be his focus.
In 1996, Danny won the highly acclaimed Heisman Trophy. Wuerffel played college football at the University of Florida, where he quarterbacked the Gators to four SEC Championships and UF’s first National Football Title. While at UF, Wuerffel set 17 NCAA and UF records, and won several other awards, including the William V. Campbell Award, given to the nation’s top scholar‐athlete. Danny graduated with high honors earning a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations.
The New Orleans Saints drafted Danny in 1997 where he played three seasons. He transferred to the NFL’s European league, winning the World Bowl Championship and being selected by the European media as the League’s MVP. Wuerffel went on to play for the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Washington Redskins before retiring in 2004.
Danny is the namesake of the Wuerffel Trophy, the premier college football award for community service. And in 2013, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
After retiring from the NFL, Danny joined Desire Street Ministries and was named Executive Director in 2006. The ministry helps under‐resourced areas across the Southeast by partnering with leaders to create thriving and sustainable neighborhoods. When ministry leaders thrive, they can reach hundreds of kids and families.
Occasionally, Danny will speak to corporate and non‐profit groups, sharing inspirational talks drawn from his decorated college and professional career. He weaves his life‐shaping football experiences into a challenge to serve others. You might also enjoy his book, Danny Wuerffel’s Tales from the Gator Swamp: Reflections of Faith and Football
Danny and his wife, Jessica, have three active kids. He enjoys coaching them and playing flag football when he can.