Danny Wimprine

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Danny Wimprine
No. 18
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-08-06) August 6, 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth: River Ridge, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: River Ridge (LA) John Curtis Christian
College: Memphis
Undrafted: 2005
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Al Lucas Hero Team (2008)
  • University of Memphis Hall of Fame (2016)
Career CFL statistics
Completions: 19
Attempts: 46
Yards: 270
Touchdowns: 2
Interceptions: 3
Career Arena statistics
Completions: 552
Attempts: 939
Yards: 6,557
Touchdowns: 131
Interceptions: 28
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Daniel "Danny" Wimprine (born August 6, 1981) is a former American football quarterback.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born the son of Barbara and Ronnie Wimprine, Danny attended John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge, Louisiana. There he was a three-year starter, leading the school to four consecutive state championships (1996–1999) while playing for legendary high school football head coach J.T. Curtis. Over his four-year career, Curtis had an overall record of 53-2. As a senior, he rushed for 567 yards and 11 touchdowns, and passed for 800 yards and 11 scores. Named to the New Orleans Times Picayune Top Prospect List for 1999. Was listed among Dandy Don's Top Prospects in Louisiana. Rushed for over 900 yards as a junior. Was the starting quarterback as a sophomore and a part-time starter as a freshman. Also an outstanding pitcher in baseball, where he had a record 9-2 as a pitcher as a junior, 11-1 as a senior. He was selected in the 2000 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Was named an All-American as a senior. Instead of signing to play baseball, Wimprine signed to play college football at the University of Memphis.

College career[edit]

Wimprine was afour-year starter at quarterback for Memphis. He left the Tigers as the all-time leader in most major passing categories. Owns Tiger records for career completions (808), pass attempts (1,469), yards (10,215), touchdown passes (85), touchdowns responsible for (99) and interceptions (49). Tossed for over 300 yards eight times in his career, which still stands as the most 300-yard games in Tiger history. Had 22 games of 200 yards or more, also No. 1 in the Memphis record books. Started 42 of the 46 games that he played in, where he was 21-25 as a starter. Still remains in the Top 100 for most yards in NCAA History. His first career start came against the University of Houston in 2001, where he defeated the Cougars 52-33. He finished that game by completing 14-of-21 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, while also carrying 15 times for 85 yards and a score. He went on to guide the Tigers to back-to-back eight win seasons as a junior and senior. Won the 2003 New Orleans Bowl, defeating the University of North Texas 27-17. Lost the 2004 GMAC Bowl to Bowling Green State University, 52-35. As a senior in 2004, was named All-Conference USA second team, completing 199 of 359 passes for 2,568 yards and 18 TDs, while rushing for two more.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

After the 2005 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns signed Wimprine to a one-year deal. He was able to go to camp with the Browns and compete for a spot behind Trent Dilfer, with Charlie Frye and Josh Harris.[3] Wimprine failed to beat out the other two, and was granted his release.

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

Following his release by the Browns, Wimprine quickly signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He completed 19 of 46 passes, for 270 yards, with two touchdowns and three interceptions.[4]

New Orleans VooDoo[edit]

In 2008, Wimprined signed with the New Orleans VooDoo. He had not played organized football since 2005, and considered himself lucky to have an opportunity to play again.[5] Wimprine went on to have tremendous success with the VooDoo in 2008, where he threw for 85 touchdowns, and only 11 interceptions. After the season, the AFL folded, and Wimprine went back to his life working the family business. In 2011, after the AFL was able to restructure itself, Wimprine once again signed up to be the quarterback for the VooDoo.[6] After a decent return to the VooDoo, Wimprine retired in November after he and his wife Ashley Wimprine had their first child.[7]

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