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Vinny Testaverde was the first Cane to win the Heisman Trophy, earning college football's top individual honor after the 1986 season.
The Miami Hurricanes have another notable alumnus headed toward the College Football Hall of Fame. Vinny Testaverde, who won the 1986 Heisman Trophy (the first Cane in school history to do so) is one of 14 former players and coaches that will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013.
The National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame announced Testaverde's induction on Monday. The remainder of the 14-member FBS class will be announced Tuesday at a noon press conference from the NASDAQ OMX MarketSite in New York City.
Besides being UM's first Heisman winner, Testaverde also won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Trophy in 1986. He led the Hurricanes to three bowl berths, including the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, where Miami fell to Penn State in its quest for the school's second national championship.
Testaverde, who was a redshirt freshman on Miami's 1983 national championship team, went 23-3 as a starter playing for legendary coaches Howard Schnellenberger and College Football Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson.
Testaverde was the first overall selection in the 1987 NFL Draft, going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His pro career spanned 21 seasons with seven different teams. He was named to the 1998 All-Pro squad in addition to a pair of Pro Bowl selections. Testaverde finished his NFL career seventh all-time in passing yards (46,233) and eighth in touchdowns (275).
Testaverde is one of only four Canes football players to have their jerseys retired at Miami.
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He will become the sixth Miami Hurricane player and 10th Cane overall to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame – joining Bennie Blades (2006), Don Bosseler (1990), Andy Gustafson (1985), Jack Harding (1980), Ted Hendricks (1987), Jimmy Johnson (2012), Russell Maryland (2011), Gino Torretta (2009) and Arnold Tucker (2008).
The 2013 College Football Hall of Fame FBS Class will be inducted on Dec. 10 at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
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