Danny Wuerffel undergoing treatment

Updated: June 16, 2011, 1:01 AM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel is undergoing treatment for a potentially debilitating disease called Guillain Barre Syndrome.

Desire Street Ministries -- a nonprofit, faith-based organization with which Wuerffel works -- said in a statement Wednesday that the former quarterback contracted the disorder from a stomach virus.

Spokeswoman Sara Pace said Wuerffel was initially hospitalized in Montgomery, Ala., and later transferred to Birmingham but is now receiving outpatient treatment at a location that the family would like to remain private. He expects to make a full recovery.

The syndrome occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the nervous system.

Wuerffel played for Florida from 1993-96 and then spent six season in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins.


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