Danny Wuerffel is no stranger to Destin.
The road to the Mid-Bay Bridge carries his name, and now a golf tournament touting the 1996 Heisman trophy winner's living legacy is getting ready to tee up this weekend at Emerald Bay Country Club — The Danny Cup.
"I do love to golf, though it's hard to be good at golf if you don't do it very often," said Wuerffel. "But I do enjoy it and I particularly love playing golf in Destin."
Wuerffel will be in town this weekend for The Danny Cup sponsored by Southern Resorts, Sam's Club, Gulf Coast Boating Center and the Bay House just to name a few. The event will benefit the Fort Walton Beach Touchdown Club.
"Mrs. Couvillon, who is principal at Fort Walton Beach High School, who was also a teacher of mine when I was in high school, reached out to me a few months back about the possibility of participating in a golf tournament to support the high school and the football team," Wuerffel told The Log. "I was thrilled to do it. I'm so thankful for my high school and what it meant to me, and I'm happy to have the opportunity to give back."
Wuerffel, whose parents still live in Destin, led the Fort Walton Beach Vikings as quarterback to a state championship in 1991 and continued to excel on the gridiron and lead the Florida Gators to four SEC championships and a National Title. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1997 and after three years with the Saints, he played with the NFL's European league. He also played one year with the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins.
He retired from professional football in 2004 and decided to work full time in New Orlean’s 9th Ward with Desire Street Ministries.
Five years ago, Wuerffel, along with his wife Jessica and three children, moved to Atlanta, Ga., with Desire Street Ministries. As executive director of DSM, he said they made the move in order to take the mission and model of inner city ministry to several new communities around the Southeast.
"We've been very excited to expand and have a great impact…” Wuerffel said. "But we love to get back to Destin, and we get back as often as we can.So whether it’s for the Wuerffel trophy weekend or other events … or just to come back and see the family. We love to be in Destin."
The FWB Touchdown Club is excited to have Wuerffel play in the tournament as well.
"To have Fort Walton Beach School alumni, Danny Wuerffel, take time out of his hectic schedule to give back to the community that gave him his start is awesome," said Brian LoCicero, FWB Touchdown Club president. "The Danny cup will be a golf tournament that players will want to participate in each year."
Golfers will have a chance on hole No. 8 to win a boat from Gulf Coast Boating Center if they hit a hole-in-one.
"The team was thrilled to hear Danny Wuerffel wanted to come back as our celebrity host of the FWB Touchdown Club golf tournament," LoCicero said. "It shows what an outstanding man Mr. Wuerffel is both on and off the football field. He cares about the community that started his football career and is always looking for opportunities to give back."
For more information about The Danny Cup visit Fort Walton Beach Vikings Football on Facebook or call 615-4438.
"Every now and then I miss playing football but for the most part I'm really thankful to be doing what I'm doing," Wuerffel said. "And some of the things I like most about football were the camaraderie and the working with the team for a common goal and the diversity of a team, and I feel like I really get a lot of that now through my work with Desire Street."
What: The Danny Cup
Where: Emerald Bay Country Club
When: Shotgun start 1:30 p.m., June 22.
Cost: $400 for four person team.