Former Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde received the news yesterday that he will be one of twelve inductees into this year’s College Football Hall of Fame. Testaverde had a decorated college career with the Miami Hurricanes that was capped off by winning the Heisman Trophy his senior year. He went on to become the #1 overall draft pick in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers. His career got off to a rocky start however, he gradually improved before he was shipped to the Cleveland Browns turned Baltimore Ravens. He joined the Jets in 1998 where he received a Pro Bowl nod after joining forces with Parcells to send the Jets on their AFC Championship run.
A ruptured Achilles tendon in 1999 in the season opener prematurely ended his season. After the retirement of Parcells and the infamous Benedict Arnolding the Jets were handed by Bill Belichick, Testaverde returned in 2000 under Al Groh. The Jets did not qualify for the playoffs however, Testaverde helped to engineer one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history during the Monday Night Miracle. He helped guide the Jets to the playoffs the following year under Herm Edwards but came up short against the Oakland Raiders. In 2002, he would be replaced by Chad Pennington following a poor start to the year. He saw limited playing time thereafter making six starts in 2003 with Pennington dealing with a wrist injury.
He left for a year to join Parcells in Dallas but returned in 2005 with Pennington and his back-up Jay Fiedler lost to injuries. He had brief stints with the Patriots and Panthers thereafter before retiring in January 2008.
Despite the twists and turns his career took, Vinny was always a solid quarterback and had a calming veteran presence on the sidelines. We congratulate him on this well deserved honor.