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Testaverde’s Named a College Hall of Famer

Posted by Randy Lange on May 7, 2013 – 12:47 pm

Updated, 5:35 p.m. ET

Champagne and congratulations are on the menu for ageless No. 16 in green and white.

Before Vinny Testaverde came to the Jets in 1998, he had already made NFL stops with Tampa Bay and with the Cleveland Browns, who turned into the Baltimore Ravens. But before the Buccaneers, Testaverde was a great college quarterback for the University of Miami.

And it was that superb four-season career with the Hurricanes that led to Vinny T’s honor today of being named one of 14 members of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Testaverde was selected the College Football HOF on a national ballot of 77 candidates from a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees. The announcement was made from the NASDAQ OMX MarketSite in Times Square, which has hosted the event for the past five years, and televised on ESPN3 for the third consecutive year.

The 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class will be inducted at the 56th annual NFF awards dinner on Dec. 10 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2, 2014, and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014.

Needless to say, Testaverde’s accomplishments as a Jet — leading them to an 12-1 record as the regular-season starter and on to the AFC Championship Game at Denver, guiding another 10-win season and playoff visit in 2001, compiling a 35-26 record as a Jets starter from ’98-03 and ’05 — had nothing to do with his achievements in South Florida in the Eighties, but Jets Nation will be among the well-wishers for Testaverde, a Long Islander and New Yorker and one great football player and human being.

Here is the profile that the NFF has provided today on Testaverde’s exploits at “the U”:

One of the most celebrated players in a Hurricane program stocked with mythical talent, Miami’s Vinny Testaverde claimed virtually every major award during his senior season in 1986. He becomes the sixth Hurricane to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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 he still ranks 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.

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. The 1998 All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection finished his NFL career seventh all-time in passing yards (46,233) and eighth in touchdowns (275).

The Elmont, N.Y., native currently resides in Florida, where he plays an active role with the Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa. Testaverde remains among only four Hurricanes to have their jerseys retired at Miami.

Who’s Number One?

Two late transactions were announced late this afternoon. The waivings of WRs Emmanuel Arceneaux and Thomas Mayo brought the Jets’ roster down to 90.

With a cut this early in the offseason, it’s not likely we’ll get to know these two in green and white. But here are a few trivia items to clutter up your mind two days before the Jets rookies report for this year’s three-day minicamp.

Arceneaux is considered a second-year NFL player. In fact, he has some NFL production to point to, but only a little. He was limited to one pro catch for the Vikings in ’11. But he had an outstanding two seasons with the CFL’s BC Lions, including 7 TD catches in ’09, 1,114 receiving yards in ’10 and 147 receptions in all north of the border.

For Mayo, one is also the loneliest number. That was his uniform number, assigned to him by equipment manager Gus Granneman and his crew shortly after Mayo was signed as a first-year man out of California (Pa.) in March.

And thus for today’s quick three-part trivia quiz: Who was the last player to wear uniform No. 1 for the Jets at any time. Who was the last to wear it in a regular-season game? And who was the last non-kicker to wear it in a game?

And one more for you Radar nightbirds: Who will be the next Jet to wear Numero Uno?

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36 Responses to “Testaverde’s Named a College Hall of Famer”

  1. By Jet Fan Since 1964 Frank on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulation’s on your nomination to the College Hall Of Fame Vinny, you earned it….

  2. By IRA on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats to Vinny he sure earned it and he gave me lots of great Sundays while he played for the Jets. And i still loved when he came off the couch to beat Tampa in 05.

  3. By RONBO on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Geez, what would have happaned if Vinny had not blown out his achilles? I remember we started out slowley that year but I believe we would have picked it up and at least contended.Still cant believe we lost the championship game to Denver the year before. Ya gotta wonder what may have happaned had he gone to a good team with good coaching?The guy had the whole package,size,arm strength and enough escapeability to avoid the rush to make a play. I will always believe he could have had a Tom Brady like career in the right situation.

  4. By Jack on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    So happy for you Vinny hope you get to the NFL HOF as well too. Never forgot the 1998 season Most wins in Jets history 12-4 we were so close just wish Jets have had gotten a younger Testaverde’s.

  5. By Mike Jet Vet on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Vinny, deserves to be nominated, elected, for any honor he’s in line for, man had Character, Class, Big strong, granted, he wasn’t fast, but, he made it up with savvy.. He truly could spin the ball down the field . with grace and style. GL Vinny …

  6. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats Vinny

  7. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Ronbo, I remember that game like it was yesterday. It wa the AFC Championship in Denver we were up 10 to zip at the half. I swear to god my buddy & I had the phone book open we were booking our flights to the Super Bowl. We turn the ball over 3 times in the second half give up 20 unanswered points & lose 20 to 10. Also the next year if Vinny does not hurt his leg WHO KNOWS?

  8. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom Ready for Rex to Step Up or Step Out on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, congrats, Vinny, and congrats for playing for the Jets in the almost pre-Internet days before writers like Cimini sat up all night trying to come up with garbage like this: “For the second consecutive offseason, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is defending the decision to acquire a polarizing quarterback — first Tim Tebow, now Geno Smith.” Right, Rich, that REALLY takes into account the whole range of issues involving Smith, the Jets at QB, etc. I liked Eric’s Q&A today because it went some ways toward addressing, directly and indirectly, the kind of unthinking kneejerk attacks that are made on the Jets by both fans and detractors alike.

  9. By ELI RODRIGUEZ--If it's FAIR and OPEN G-MAC will win. on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    SCJOE and SCfromNY— IMO—-McElroy would be place on the practice squad and be pick up by one of the following team. Jaguars-Pats-Dallas or Browns and a few others. Believe it.

  10. By scjoe on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats Vinny, one of my favorite Jets. If only the Parcells/Testaverde team had more time I think they would have brought that elusive SB title home. Will never forget the Miracle in the Meadowlands and what Vinny accomplished in the 4th quarter.

  11. By IRA on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    Ronbo, The Jets were the best team in the NFL entering the 1999 season. If Vinny didn’t go down they would have won the SB that year. They should have won it the year before if they didn’t have that melt down in Denver. That game should have been over in the 1st half if not for all the turnovers.

  12. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    Owner Woody Johnson said second-round QB Geno Smith “got a very high score” from the Jets in intangibles. “We evaluate all those traits, skills and communication and leadership and all that,” he said. “We evaluated that, and [Smith] got a very high score with us.”

  13. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    Randy, The Jets rookie camp starts this Friday 5/10 right? Could you do us a favor & let us know what number Geno Smith wears?

  14. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    Randy, Also would it be possible to do a story pointing out some of the highlights of Geno Smiths career (stats, award & stuff like that)?

  15. By Randy Lange on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    Tom, we’ve already had several stories on Geno Smith on the site and we’ll continue to post them going forward, beginning with his first practice and first postpractice media session at the rookie minicamp on Friday. We’ll also have a story on uniform numbers for all the rookies as soon as we’re cleared to post it.

  16. By GaryC on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    Tom,were those the same intangibles that were used on Erik Ainge and Kenrick Ellis before they were drafted.

  17. By scjoe on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    Eli Rodriguez, unfortunately, politics does exist, and with McElory being a 7th round pick it will be an uphill battle. Impossible? No. Difficult? Yes. As for placing him on the PS? I am not 100% certain they can do that either, with him being a 3rd year player and some playing time. Randy, is he still eligible for the PS?

  18. By scjoe on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    I see a few comments re: that championship game in Denver following the 98 season and the meltdown in the 2nd half, and I think back at the other championship games they were involved in since their last (and only) SB appearance, all have been on the road, they had a better then even chance in all, until the unforeseen happened to appear. The mud bowl in Miami, where it was the elements that prevented the NYJ from going to the SB, the meltdown in the 2nd half at Indy that prevented them from going to the SB, and the meltdown in the 1st half at Pitt that prevented them from going to the SB. Strange indeed!

  19. By Frank on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    We haven’t had a down field passer since Vinny was here. That goes to show how poor our QB play has been over the years. I am not including Favre who was effective for only a half year.
    Spicer turning your love for Sanchez around to Smith. You think you would have learned the first time with your stats but your going right down that same path.
    We should have drafted Arthur Brown with that pick and Jones at 13 we would have had Jones, Davis, Harris and Brown what a LB core that would have been. Of course the Steelers and Ravens know how to draft and took both those guys. Back to Smith 32 fumbles in 34 games sound familiar?

  20. By RONBO on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    IRA,SPICER, you guys are better with the history details than I am so please correct me if I’m wrong but I believe we have been in only 4 AFC championship games since the Namath Jets beat the Colts.The mud bowl when Richard Todd threw 3 picks to A.J.Duhe, the Bronco game we spoke of and the Colt and Steeler losses in 2009 & 2010? Again, feel free to correct me if I left any out. As bad as all those loss’s felt it was that Bronco game that hurt the most. I just felt like we were poised to win that game and like you said Ira, the turnovers just did us in.I know many here expect us to contend this year but unless some guys step it way up I think the following season with a strong draft we will be factors.

  21. By Jet Fan Since 1964 Frank on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    Congradulations VINNY you made it….

  22. By GaryC on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    Frank,see you like my guy Arthur Brown,the jets would have added speed to all three layers of their defense with Brown added,no rush to draft Geno with Sanchez here for this year,we might not need Geno at all if they give McElroy a fair shot.And if all else fails this year they can bring in a higher rated quarterback next year.

  23. By Eli Rodriguez on May 8, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for the info SCJOE, I didn’t realize there was a time limit.

  24. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on May 9, 2013 | Reply

    Frank I would have loved to take Jarvis Jones I talked about him for months on this site. But you & Gary C talk about Arthur Brown the problem is he playes middle linebacker so where would we have played him?

  25. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on May 9, 2013 | Reply

    Frank, I have tried not to bring up stats with Smith. There was something going around about how he could not play in cold weather. I read the post about his play in games under 40 degrees I thought it was interesting so I posted it. But at least what I posted was accurate. Geno Smith played 44 games not 34.? Also it is funny that you bring up his 1 negative stat. I am not going to bring up stats cause I “bring up stats to much” But how about his rating, yards, TD’S, picks, competions percentage & experience (44 starts at West Virginia). You post his stats & let eveyone else say how they think he did? Also for arguments sake lets say in the 3 1/2 years that he started he lost all 32 fumbles (which we all know did not happen) 1 He worked

  26. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on May 9, 2013 | Reply

    out of the shotgun so if the snap went to high, low to the left or to the right & he never even touched it he was charged with that fumble (so how many of those fumbles were his & how many did he lose?). 2 Again lets say he lost all 32 & add in his 21 picks. That is 53 turnovers in 44 starts that is not bad at all it averages 1.2 turonvers per start. 53 turnovers in 1,465 attemps is nothing! I would estimate he probably lost half of those 32 fumbles as well. So he probably had 37 turnovers in 44 games which is less than 1 per game.

  27. By scjoe on May 9, 2013 | Reply

    GaryC, I like your logic and Franks as well, Imagine if the draft went like this, Warmack at 9, Jones at 13, and Brown at 39? A LB core of Jones, Harris, Davis and Brown, along with the top rated OG AND Ryan Nassib at 106 (4th rd) instead of the trade. But, no such luck. I don’t want to get reprimanded again from “anyone” but I have my own questions re: Smith. I can only hope that they are answered positively. After all, he is now a NYJ

  28. By scjoe on May 9, 2013 | Reply

    Spicer, moot point anyway, but either Brown or Davis would move outside, I am sure Rex would have made the right choice, both have the speed that can be utilized more on the outside.

  29. By RONBO on May 9, 2013 | Reply

    s.c.Joe, Shame on you! You promosed to be a good boy!

  30. By GaryC on May 9, 2013 | Reply

    Scjoe,yes Warmack was a guy I liked but seeing Milliner dropped to the jets and he was a definite need,him and Winters and Obushay,kinder eased my angst against not getting Warmack.

  31. By RONBO on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    GARY C, let me start by stateing the obvious fact you are one of the most underrated posters here! I dont always agree with you but I respect your opinion and you are one of the few who have been able to change my mind on some of the topic’s we discuss here.Good job keepin it real bro! I see a lot of people showing a lot of love for the Winters kid we drafted and after doing a bit of research I think he has a shot to be a very good player.I’m not sure I’d compare him to Warmack at this point simply becaus playin in the MACC is a lot different than the SEC.If I had my preference I’d go with S.C.Joe’s proposal but Winters is a Jet now so lets hope he is who we think he is?

  32. By GaryC on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    Ronbo,thanks for the kudos,I try to travel under the RADAR,no pun intended,enjoy the college game,that is why I post more during this time then any other.

  33. By Jet Fan Since 1964 Frank on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    RONBO, interesting that you compared the SEC to the MACC. I would like to take that one step further. How about GAMBLE. They put a few stars on the field over the years. How about HOFSTRA, didn’t they put a few stars into the NFL. One never knows where a super star can come from, including with undrafted players. One player that comes to mind is a wide receiver by the name of Wayne Chrebet. There are several players on the Undrafted list I truly feel have a good shot such as Mike Shanahan, Zach Rogers, K.J. Stroud, Mark Popek , Dalton Freeman, there are a couple of more players I like. Dalton Freeman will bring much needed depth to the Center position and is also able to play other offensive positions, I am looking forward to .

  34. By Jet Fan Since 1964 Frank on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    see what the MINI-CAMP brings us….

  35. By RONBO on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    JET FAN FRANK,No questions there are always hidden gems through out the college football universe.Most of them are either kids that had academic or personal issues that prevented them from playing at one of the larger schools.In a few cases there are simply late bloomers as everyone physically matures at their own pace.That said the vast majority come from the big schools and an even larger percentage from the SEC.From what I’ve seen and read the only guys with a remote shot to make this team are the w.r Rogers(who at his current weight of about 175 will have a problem finding a special teams roll) and the S Miles who has the physical skills but lacks
    experience vs. top fleight comp.I would be shocked if any of the others made an NFL rostr

  36. By Jet Fan Since 1964 Frank on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    RONBO one thing I appreciate about you is, you say it the way you see it. But I was glad to see you did agree that great players come from the strangest areas. That being said, I agree on Zach Rogers, but I also had to take a good look at Dalton Freeman. Let me explain why… This kid has fantastic statistics at the Center position and brings a much needed back up for Marigold. There is no backup for him. He is also capable of playing other offensive positions. So I will stick with these 2 players…

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