Five fun facts about quarterback Vinny Testaverde
Vinny Testaverde had a long career in the National Football League and ended up playing for seven different teams. He dressed as a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets (twice), New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. When he retired, he had accumulated quite a bit of mileage. An interesting race like that had to have included some unique situations.
Here’s a look at five cool facts about Vinny Testaverde.
# 1 – Vinny Testaverde’s first career touchdown pitch came in the third quarter of a 44-34 loss to the New Orleans Saints and went for 37 yards to Mark Carrier. Then, 274 touchdown passes later, he threw the last touchdown pass of his career in the fourth quarter of a 31-14 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in 2007 while playing quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. That was a one-yard touchdown pass to Jeff King.
# 2 – In all Vinny Testaverde’s years in the league, when it comes to which team he threw the most TD passes to, it’s a draw. He threw a total of 77 touchdown passes for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Jets.
# 3 – No player caught more touchdown passes from Vinny Testaverde than Michael Jackson. Jackson was teammates with Testaverde on the Browns and then on the Ravens after the team moved to Baltimore. During that time, he and Vinny bonded for 29 plays that resulted in touchdowns.
# 4 – Similar to number two, in all of Vinny’s years in the league, when it comes to which team he threw the most touchdown passes against, it’s once again a draw. He threw 23 TD passes against the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots.
# 5 – Testaverde played for various teams throughout his long career, compiling 275 touchdown passes along the way, a very impressive number. It started with the Buccaneers to whom he threw 77 touchdown passes. He then went to Cleveland, where he threw 47 before the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens for whom Vinny threw another 51 touchdown shots. He then went to the Jets for the first of two periods for which he pitched a total of 77 TDs. He also threw 17 touchdown passes for Dallas, one for the Patriots and then five for the Panthers before hanging him for good.