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Vinny Testaverde Wins Election to College Football Hall of Fame

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A file photo shows quarterback Vinny Testaverde after leading the New York Jets to a 14-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during October 2005. Testaverde won election to the College Football Hall of Fame following a career that included a Heisman Trophy. Photographer: Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

May 7 (Bloomberg) -- Vinny Testaverde won election to the College Football Hall of Fame following a career that included a Heisman Trophy.

The 49-year-old former University of Miami quarterback was the first of 12 players and two coaches to be named to the Hall by the National Football Foundation, the organization said in a news release yesterday. The others will be announced today.

Testaverde was a unanimous first-team All-American as a senior during the 1986 college football season. He also won the Heisman, given to the sport’s top player, and finished his college career with a 23-3 record as a starter, passing for more than 6,000 yards while throwing 48 touchdown passes. Testaverde was the No. 1 overall selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1987 NFL draft, starting a pro career that ended in 2007.

The 2013 Hall class will be inducted at the National Football Foundation’s 56th annual awards dinner on Dec. 10 in New York.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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