June 16, 2011 by staff
Danny Wuerffel, Alabama News fear today as the Gainesville Sun reports that 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel is now in a hospital in Birmingham and is receiving treatment for a rare nervous system disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. GBS is a disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the bodies own nervous system, which can lead to paralysis or even death. Fortunately, Jacksonville television station WJXT reported that Wuerffel wrote in e-mail that the disorder is detected early and has been in a treatment program for a week in Birmingham. The station is also reporting the former Heisman winner at first did not feel well after a retreat in Colorado last week.
Wuerffel won the Heisman while leading the Gators to their first national championship as long throw for over 3,600 yards and 39 touchdowns this season.
He then played in the NFL from 1997-2002 primarily as a backup; Wuerffel finished his career in the league with more interceptions (22) than touchdowns (12).
A player known for bending very religious hands in prayer after touchdowns, the 37-year-old is currently the executive director of Desire Street Ministries in Decatur, GA, whose goal is “to see the slums to become desirable places to living. ”
Just two months ago, Wuerffel was honored at his alma mater with a statue for each of the winners of the Heisman Trophy School, Wuerffel, Steve Spurrier and Tim Tebow during the game the Gators in the spring. “
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