Wuerffel announces retirement as player

Updated: February 19, 2004, 12:35 PM ET
Associated Press

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel is finished with the NFL.

Wuerffel spent six seasons as a backup quarterback with New Orleans, Green Bay and Washington. The Redskins cut him last year during training camp, and he turned down an offer to return at midseason.

The 1996 Heisman winner said at a news conference Wednesday that he is taking a job as associate athletic director of Desire Street Ministries, which works with inner city youth in New Orleans.

In six seasons, Wuerffel completed 184 of 350 passes, with 12 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He also spent one season in NFL Europe.

"It's difficult to say goodbye to a dream," Wuerffel said. "At the same time, I'm thankful that I'm not leaving because I have to."

Wuerffel said he also will pursue opportunities in broadcasting, public speaking and motivational speaking and is discussing a book deal.

"Being in and out, I feel like I've been faced with this reality for years now," Wuerffel said. "Even as I was still in football I started working at the ministry and being a part of other things, and I can't imagine wanting to go back and play."

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