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Andre Ware
Andre Ware at Houston.jpg
Ware as a player at the University of Houston
Jersey #(s)
Born July 31, 1968 (1968-07-31) (age 41)
Dickinson, Texas
Career information
Year(s) 19901999
NFL Draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
College Houston
Professional teams
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
TD-INT 5-8
Yards 1,112
QB Rating 63.5
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Andre Ware (born July 31, 1968 in Dickinson, Texas) won the 1989 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback for the University of Houston. In the 1990 NFL Draft, Ware was the first round selection (#7 overall) of the Detroit Lions.


College career

Upon leaving Dickinson High School, Andre Ware played at the University of Houston, where he was the first black quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy in 1989, along with the Davey O'Brien Award, the latter award given to the most outstanding college quarterback of the year. That year, his junior year, he threw for 4,699 yards, 44 touchdowns, and set 26 NCAA records. The Cougars ended the season ranked the #6 team in the nation by the Associated Press. Many of the records were thanks to the innovative use of the Run & Shoot offense, which his successor, David Klingler, also used to great effect. The Cougars ended the season ranked the #14 team in the nation by the Associated Press. He then declared for the NFL Draft, foregoing his senior year.

Pro football career

Ware joined the Lions for the 1990 season, teaming with the previous Heisman Trophy winner from 1988, Barry Sanders. Ware spent four years with Detroit, playing 14 games and starting six: then-coach Wayne Fontes insisted on starting the oft-injured Rodney Peete, and usually replacing Peete with Erik Kramer when Peete was hurt or played poorly. Fontes generally only played Ware when the Lions were out of the playoffs or already losing a game by a wide margin. Ware's best stretch came late in the 1992 season when the Lions were out of the playoffs: he won two of three games. The loss came on Monday Night Football to the San Francisco 49ers. He began 1994 on the roster of the Los Angeles Raiders, but was released after several games.

Ware also played in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Rough Riders, the BC Lions and the Toronto Argonauts (where he backed up fellow Heisman winner Doug Flutie), and five games with the Berlin Thunder, a German NFL Europe team.


Along with Marc Vandermeer, Ware is now part of the Houston Texans' radio broadcast team. He teamed up with Dave Pasch and previously he was paired with Gary Thorne, for college football games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN on ABC. In July 2009, ESPN announced that Ware will team up with long-time SEC broadcaster Dave Neal in the fall of 2009 as color commentator for ESPN Regional Television's coverage of Southeastern Conference Football. The ESPN Regional Television package is expected to be distributed through several local television affiliates throughout the Southeastern United States as well as on other stations in other parts of the country. He also appears as a player in All-Pro Football 2K8.

In 2004 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

See also

Preceded by
Barry Sanders
Heisman Trophy Winner
Succeeded by
Ty Detmer


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