Gino Torretta Named to the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Class

The University Alumni Association congratulates alumnus and Alumni Association past president, Gino Torretta, B.B.A. '91, on his upcoming enshrinement into the College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame's signature annual Enshrinement Festival will take place July 16-17 in downtown South Bend gathering football fans from across the country to honor college gridiron legends.

Throughout his time at the University of Miami, Gino Torretta became one of the most decorated players in college football history. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, Torretta was second behind quarterback Craig Erickson, posting a 3-1 record as a freshman. Despite his small amount of playing time, Torretta set the still-undisputed record for most passing yards in a single game (485). Leading his team to the 1991 National Championship, Torretta was named the Big East Player of the Year. As a senior, Torretta led the Hurricanes to a second undefeated regular season and the Big East Championship, passed for 3,000 yards and won multiple awards both on and off the field. These include First Team All-America, Davey O’Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards, Tanqueray World Amateur Athlete of the Year and Big East Player of the Year. Most notably, Torretta became only the second player in Hurricane history to win the Heisman Trophy. Torretta still holds the conference records for lowest career percentage of interceptions (1.94) and longest passing play yards (99), which also remains an NCAA record. Instrumental to Miami’s NCAA record 58-game home winning streak, Torretta also led Miami to a 26-2 record as a starter.

After his senior season, Torretta was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1993 NFL Draft. During his five seasons in the NFL he played for the Vikings, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts. After his career in the NFL, Torretta worked as a color commentator for collegiate and professional football games and founded Touchdown Radio Productions. Currently Torretta is founder, president, and CEO of Touchdown Radio Productions and is vice president for Institutional Sales with Gabelli Asset Management. A member of the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame and University of Miami Hall of Fame, Torretta was inducted into the University of Miami’s Ring of Honor in 2008.

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