- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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He was known as "Danny Wonderful" to the Florida fans, and his career with the Gators was nothing short of wonderful.
Quarterback Danny Wuerffel, who won the 1996 Heisman Trophy and holds the SEC career record with 114 touchdown passes, was selected Tuesday as part of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class.
Kentucky end Steve Meilinger, nominated by the Veterans Committee, will also go into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class. Meilinger, who played for Bear Bryant at Kentucky, was a first-team All-American in 1952 and 1953.
Wuerffel finished his career with 10,875 passing yards (fifth all-time in the SEC) and led the Gators to the 1996 national championship. He was equally accomplished in the classroom and was chosen as the 1995 and 1996 Verizon Academic All-American of the Year. He also received the Draddy Trophy as a senior as the nation's premier scholar-athlete, becoming the only Heisman Trophy recipient in history to receive the Draddy Trophy.
During Wuerffel's four years as Florida's quarterback, the Gators won the SEC championship all four seasons from 1993-96. He threw 74 touchdown passes his last two seasons in Steve Spurrier's Fun 'n' Gun offense, which revolutionized the SEC.
It's no secret that Spurrier can be hard on his quarterbacks. But good luck in trying to get the Head Ball Coach to say anything that's not glowing about Wuerffel, who's as good a guy as he was a passer in college.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said it best in telling The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu, "He is one of the best ever to put on a Gator uniform and will be always remembered as such. He will be remembered just as much, if not more, for the type of individual he is. He is truly a great person."
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