Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner, will be honored with the 16th Annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup – a distinction given to the most outstanding role models among athletes – and will be presented with the award by fellow Heisman winner and his former coach at Florida, Steve Spurrier, at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Thursday (April 29).
Joining them will be longtime Boston Globe sportswriter Bob Ryan, who is serving as Master of Ceremonies.
Additionally, Coach Spurrier and Wuerffel will be interviewed together before the ceremony at 5 pm ET in a pre-event reception, which will be live-streamed free online here.
Founded by Athletes for a Better World (ABW), a non-profit organization which celebrates the unselfish generosity of many participants in American sports, the Wooden Cup is unique in that it is open to all athletes in all high school, college and professional or Olympic sports. Annual nominations are open to every division and conference in college sports, and to athletes in public and private high schools across the country in partnership with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. The Wooden Cup is becoming one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports. Previous professional recipients include Jack Nicklaus, Pat Summitt, Drew Brees, Andrea Jaeger, Tim Tebow, Shannon Miller, Peyton Manning, and Mia Hamm.
At Florida, he led the Gators to four SEC Championships and UF’s first National Football Championship under Spurrier. Wuerffel set 17 NCAA and UF records, won the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards as well as the Campbell Award, given to the nation’s top scholar-athlete. In 2014 Wuerffel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Following his NFL career, in which he was drafted by the Saints, Wuerffel returned to New Orleans and joined Desire Street Ministries. He later became its Executive Director and relocated the headquarters to Atlanta to allow the organization to have a larger impact in the Southeast.
In 2005 the All Sports Association established The Wuerffel Trophy, college football’s premier award for community service. In addition to presenting the trophy to a deserving winner, the Wuerffel Trophy organization honors hundreds of college football players who excel in community service and celebrates their positive impact on society.
In 2020 the Wuerffel Foundation was established to inspire, support and honor community service leaders to make a positive impact in the world. Wuerffel speaks at corporate and non-profit events and consults to non-profit leaders and philanthropists. Wuerffel resides in Atlanta with wife Jessica and three children.
The 2021 Collegiate Wooden Cup recipient will be announced at the awards ceremony.