Danny Wuerffel

Danny Wuerffel

Humanitarian. Heisman Winner. National Champion.

Danny’s accurate arm and ability to make split second decisions was first recognized when playing in Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. and named Florida’s player of the year his senior year, as well as Valedictorian.

At University of Florida, Danny led the Gators to four SEC Championships and the National Championship, under the leadership of Coach Steve Spurrier. Wuerffel set 17 NCAA and UF records, led the nation in touchdown passes, earned the SEC Player of the Year title and culminated his career with the coveted Heisman Trophy in 1996, exactly 30 years after his legendary coach had won the distinguished award. Danny’s 3.7 GPA and leadership off the field awarded him the Campbell Award presented to the nation’s top scholar athlete, one of only two athletes to earn both the Heisman and the Campbell Award.

During his NFL years with the Saints, Danny volunteered after practice with Desire Street Ministries, serving in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, a neighborhood ranked by HUD as one of the worst in the country. He felt so strongly about the pivotal role Desire Street plays in reshaping communities he became their Executive Director following his NFL career with the Packers, Bears and Redskins. Under Danny’s leadership, Desire Street expanded its reach to support leaders and ministries in under-resourced neighborhoods throughout the Southeast. Desire Street provides coaching, training, retreats and many other resources to the heroes leading change in neighborhoods that need the most support.

Wuerffel resides in Atlanta with his wife Jessica and three children. An avid pickleball player, Danny was drafted for the second time in his professional athlete career to the Denver Iconics in the National Pickleball League. In addition to his role as the Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries, he serves as the President of the Wuerffel Foundation. 

Desire Street Ministries supports under-resourced neighborhood leaders to positively influence their communities through leadership training, economic development, spiritual and educational resources.

Taking on the role of Executive Director allowed Wuerffel to lead an expansion of the community development work Desire Street Ministries offered to impact neighborhoods throughout the Southeast.

Each year, the Desire Cup “Rivalry for a Cause” raises funds through a Florida/Georgia golf tournament and gala on the eve of the annual football game in Jacksonville.