Ty Detmer

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Ty Hubert Detmer was born on October 30, 1967, in San Marcos, Texas. Detmer is a former American college and professional football quarterback who started at Brigham Young University. Detmer broke many records while he played at BYU and won the Heisman Trophy in 1990. He also won the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien Award. He was named First Team All-America by the Associated Press, UPI, Football Writers, Walter Camp, Football News, Scripps Howard, and the Sporting News. Detmer graduated from BYU with a bachelor of arts degree in recreation administration. He converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon Church during his junior year at BYU. [1]

Detmer was an all-around athlete in his youth. In high school, he lettered in golf, football, baseball, track, and basketball. His father, Sonny Detmer, was his high school football coach. (His brother, Koy, also plays professional football.)

College Career

Detmer red-shirted at the beginning of his BYU career, and then played astonishingly well as a substitute quarterback. He became a full-time starter in 1989, eventually becoming one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, "passing for 4,560 yards and 32 touchdowns during the regular season. His passer rating of 175.6 led the NCAA, and he finished second to Houston's Andre Ware in total offense. He led BYU to a WAC Championship, their first since 1985. Detmer finished the season with a strong performance against Penn State in the 1989 Holiday Bowl, setting NCAA records for most passing yards (576) and most yards of total offense (594) in a single bowl game." [2]

Detmer's junior year season in 1990 was one of the best seasons ever achieved by a college quarterback. The end of the season was marred by losses and injuries (to both shoulders, requiring surgery), but his greatness wasn't diminished. The 1991 season got off to a slow start, but ended with stunning victories for BYU. Detmer was named First Team All-American by several organizations. His final career statistics were 1,530 pass attempts; 958 completions; 15,031 passing yards; 121 touchdown passes; 14,665 yards of total offense; 135 touchdowns responsible for; and 162.7 passer rating. All of these totals established NCAA records. In all, Detmer finished his college career with 59 NCAA records (and tied for three others). Including statistics from bowl games, Detmer totaled 16,206 passing yards and 127 touchdown passes at BYU. [3]

Professional Career

Ty Detmer's relatively small size handicapped him in the professional draft. He was drafted in the 9th round of the 1992 draft, and played four seasons as a backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. He signed a free-agent contract in 1996 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He became the starting quarterback, when Rodney Peete suffered a knee injury. The Eagles posted a 7-4 record with Detmer as the starter during the 1996 season, good enough to enter the NFC playoffs. The following season, Detmer shared quarterback duties with Rodney Peete and Bobby Hoying.

In 1998, he left Philadelphia and joined the San Francisco 49ers as a backup to Steve Young, also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He only spent one season in San Francisco; his lone start came against the Panthers. He passed for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 49ers' 25-23 victory. He was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 1999, then sat out the 2000 season with an Achilles tendon injury. Detmer then played three seasons for the Detroit Lions, then spent the 2004-2005 season with the Atlanta Falcons, not seeing much action. Detmer is now in "unofficial retirement," willing to come back if needed by any team.

External Links

To learn about Ty's code of health, see Word of Wisdom.