Vinny Testaverde

Twenty questions: Testaverde would love chance to extend TD streak

FOXBORO - Last year, it was Doug Flutie’s drop kick. This year, could it be another touchdown pass for Vinny Testaverde?

As was the case a year ago, the Patriots [team stats] enter their finale with a playoff berth clinched. They’ve got a shot at the No. 3 seed in the AFC, but will more likely finish fourth.

So not a ton is riding on tomorrow’s game against the Tennessee Titans [team stats]. And that’s where Testaverde comes in.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick respects both the history of the game and the players who have served it the longest. He seems to have a particular affinity for Testaverde, who 12 years ago piloted the Browns to the lone playoff berth of Belichick’s tenure.

The voice of experience: Vinny’s wisdom benefit to Brady

FOXBORO - If you think it’s a little strange watching quarterback Vinny Testaverde [stats] come on to the field to take a knee at the end of blowouts, it’s nothing compared to what it’s like seeing him stroll through the Patriots [team stats] locker room on any given Wednesday.

You stand in the midst of huge, young men, tattoos and cornrows everywhere, and suddenly out of the corner of your eye you catch this tall, slender, older gentleman with grey-speckled hair and whiskers slowly walk by. He’s wearing a sweat suit and carrying a ratty old work bag. Picture Harold Ramis, at 6-foot-5, in a Patriots baseball hat. Your first thought is that one of the accountants from upstairs must be coming through to use a treadmill. Or maybe the team dentist.

But it’s just the 43-year-old Testaverde punching the clock.

CNNSI Ranks The Last 20 Heisman Winners

#14: Testaverde played a huge roll in Miami's upsurge as a national power during the 1980s and '90s. In '86, he threw for 2,557, 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.

#20: Torretta threw for 3,080 yards with 19 touchdowns and 7 interceptions and beat out San Diego State sophomore Marshall Faulk.

Vinny Testaverde Update

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said last week that, had their playoff picture been a little clearer, the Cowboys would have been interested in bringing back QB Vinny Testaverde, until the Patriots signed him last week. The Cowboys have only two QBs on the roster -- Tony Romo and Drew Bledsoe -- and don't consider practice-squadder Matt Baker anywhere near ready to contribute.


Vinny tests his arm - Testaverde happy to be back on field

FOXBOROUGH -- Tom Brady liked what he saw after spotting newly signed quarterback Vinny Testaverde for the first time at Gillette Stadium this week.

"He's a very impressive guy, in great shape," Brady said. "I hope I look like that when I'm 43. I'll probably be in a wheelchair."

Testaverde, who turned 43 Monday , participated in his first practice with the Patriots yesterday. He donned jersey No. 14, long associated with former quarterback Steve Grogan.

Pats sign 43-year-old Testaverde - Veteran QB comes out of retirement to join sixth team

FOXBOROUGH, Mass (AP) -- Vinny Testaverde, who came out of retirement last season to help out the New York Jets, was signed on Tuesday by New England.

The 43-year-old quarterback, the first overall pick by Tampa Bay in the 1987 draft, has played 19 NFL seasons and has 269 touchdown passes, eighth in NFL history, and is sixth with 45,252 yards passing.

He becomes the third quarterback on the Patriots roster, behind Tom Brady and second-year man Matt Cassel.


Here comes Vinny

You knew there would be a Vinny Testaverde sighting at some point.

Interesting that it’s coming now.

The 42-year-old, 20-year veteran quarterback was in Foxboro yesterday for a workout and visit with team officials. Of course, Testaverde hardly needs an introduction to Bill Belichick and personnel director Scott Pioli, whom he played under in Cleveland and with the Jets. The fact the Pats felt the need to get a firsthand look at him, and likely give him a physical, means their interest is beyond cursory.

Vinny will appear in World Trade Center fundraising ads

NEW YORK (AP) _ Former New York Jets stars Vinny Testaverde and Wayne Chrebet will appear in fundraising ads for the proposed World Trade Center memorial honoring victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, the team and the WTC Memorial Foundation announced Friday.