Gino Torretta

Gino Louis Torretta (born August 10, 1970) is a former American college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons. He played college football for the University of Miami, won the Heisman Trophy in 1992, and was a member of the Miami Hurricanes' national championship teams of 1989 and 1991. A seventh-round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, he was a member of several NFL teams, but never became a regular starter as a pro. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.[1]

Gino Torretta
Head-and-shoulders photo of Gino Torretta, 23-year-old white male, in sweat-stained heather grey athletic t-shirt.
Gino Torretta in 1993
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Personal information
Born:August 10, 1970 (age 48)
Pinole, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Pinole (CA) Valley
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:1993 / Round: 7 / Pick: 192
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:41
Passer rating:35.4
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Torretta was born in Pinole, California. He graduated from Pinole Valley High School, where he was a standout high school football quarterback for the Pinole Spartans.

College career

Torretta accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Miami, where he played for the Miami Hurricanes football team from 1989 to 1992.

1989 and 1990 seasons

As a quarterback for the Hurricanes, Torretta spent his first two seasons mostly on the bench behind then starting quarterback Craig Erickson, with his only significant playing time coming with three starts in 1989 after Erickson injured his throwing hand. During that span, however, the then-unknown Torretta lit up San Diego State for 485 yards, setting a school record for most passing yards in a game that was only broken on September 29, 2012 by Stephen Morris.

1991 season

In his first year as a starter, Torretta garnered further attention by stealing the show in a nationally televised 1991 game versus the Houston Cougars and their Heisman-frontrunning quarterback, David Klingler. As Miami's defense cut down Houston's run-and-shoot offense, Torretta put on the performance that many expected out of Klingler en route to a 40–10 victory; Klingler's lone touchdown pass in the game came with three seconds left in the fourth quarter against Miami's third-string defense, long after the game was decided. Torretta went on to lead Miami to a fourth-quarter comeback win on the road versus #1 Florida State and ultimately to an undefeated season and a co-national championship.

1992 season

Torretta passed for more than 3,000 yards his senior year in 1992 on his way to winning the Heisman and the Davey O'Brien Award that season. He also won the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award, the Johnny Unitas Trophy and the Chic Harley Award. One of the key games of the season came against West Virginia when he threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns in the 35–23 victory. His career as quarterback at Miami was hugely successful, with Torretta leading the team to 26 wins and only one loss.

In the 1993 Sugar Bowl, Torretta's Hurricanes were dominated by the Alabama Crimson Tide's defense. Alabama won the game, 34–13, and the national championship.


Year Comp. Att. Comp % Passing TD INT
1991 205 371 55.3 3,095 20 8
1992 228 402 56.7 3,060 19 7

NFL career


Despite his collegiate-level success, Torretta was not a top NFL draft pick, and his NFL career was fairly unremarkable. He was not selected until the Minnesota Vikings took him in the seventh round in the 1993 NFL draft and then did not play him at all that year. In 1994, Torretta was on the Vikings' roster, and then was picked up by the Detroit Lions. As was the case in 1993, he failed to play at all in 1994, serving the entire season in a backup role with the Lions.


In 1995, Torretta moved to NFL Europe and was also on the roster for the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions but was again relegated to backup roles. He was cut by the 49ers in 1996 and subsequently picked up by the Seattle Seahawks. His only chance to play in an NFL game came in the 1996 season finale when he came off the bench for the Seahawks against the Oakland Raiders. He immediately threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway that put Seattle ahead, leading the team to victory.

In 1997, Torretta was on the roster for Seattle and later the Indianapolis Colts but again did not play. After the 1997 season, he retired from the NFL.

Post-NFL career

Torretta followed his NFL career with a position at Wachovia Securities as a Senior Financial Advisor.

He is Chairman/CEO of Touchdown Radio, broadcasting an NCAA game of the week on national radio. He is also an NCAA football expert on Sirius/XM channel 91—College Sports Nation.

Torretta is Vice President for GAMCO Asset Management, working with Institutional clients nationwide and working out of the firm's Palm Beach office.


  1. ^ "Brown, Torretta in new Hall class". April 30, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2016.

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1991 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1991 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Hurricanes' 66th season of football and 1st as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by third-year head coach Dennis Erickson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 12–0 overall and 2–0 in the Big East while playing a partial conference schedule. They were invited to the Orange Bowl where they defeated Nebraska, 22–0, to win the school's fourth national championship.

1992 College Football All-America Team

The 1992 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and publications that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1992. It is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1992 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); (2) the Associated Press (AP); (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA); (4) the United Press International (UPI); and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). Other notable selectors included Football News, Gannett News Service (GNS), Scripps Howard (SH), The Sporting News (TSN), and The World Almanac (WA) in conjunction with the Newspaper Enterprise Association.Nine players were selected unanimously by all five official selectors. They are: quarterback Gino Torretta of Miami (FL), running backs Marshall Faulk of San Diego State and Garrison Hearst of Georgia, tight end Chris Gedney of Syracuse, tackle Lincoln Kennedy of Washington, guard Will Shields of Nebraska, linebackers Marcus Buckley of Texas A&M and Marvin Jones of Florida State, and defensive back Carlton McDonald of Air Force. Gino Torretta also won the 1992 Heisman Trophy.

1992 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 1992 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1992 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Hurricanes' 67th season of football and 2nd as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by fourth-year head coach Dennis Erickson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 11–1 overall and 4–0 in the Big East while playing a partial conference schedule. They were invited to the Sugar Bowl, which served as the Bowl Coalition National Championship Game, where they lost to Alabama, 34-13.

1992 NCAA Division I-A football season

The 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season was the first year of the Bowl Coalition and concluded with Alabama's first national championship in thirteen years—their first since the departure of Bear Bryant. One of Bryant's former players, Gene Stallings, was the head coach, and he used a style similar to Bryant's, a smashmouth running game combined with a tough defense.

The members of the Bowl Coalition were the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl Classic, and Fiesta Bowl. Under the agreement the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Cotton Bowl Classic hosted the Southeastern Conference, Big 8, and Southwest Conference champions, respectively, and then a pool of at large teams was formed between the Atlantic Coast Conference champ, the Big East champ, Notre Dame, and two conference runners-up from the Big 8, SWC, ACC, Big East and Pac-10. The highest ranked host team would play the highest ranked at-large team. If the two highest ranked teams were both at-large teams, the championship game would be hosted by the Fiesta Bowl.

So for this year, (host) SEC champ Alabama played (at-large) Big East Champ Miami-FL, the Orange Bowl featured (host) Big-8 champ Nebraska and (at-large) ACC champ Florida St., the Cotton Bowl Classic featured (host) SWC champ Texas A&M and (at-large) independent Notre Dame, and the Fiesta Bowl featured (at-large) Big East runner up Syracuse and (at-large) Big 8 runner up Colorado.

The 1992 season also saw the expansion of the SEC and the first conference championship game to be played in the country. Before the 1992 season, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the South Carolina Gamecocks joined the SEC, which expanded the conference to twelve teams. The conference then split into two divisions, and the winner of each division would face off in the SEC Championship Game in Birmingham's historic Legion Field (later moved to Atlanta's Georgia Dome, in 1994). In the first year of the new system, Alabama won the SEC West, Florida won the SEC East, and the Tide won the match-up 28-21 on an Antonio Langham interception return for a touchdown in the closing minutes.

In the Sugar Bowl, to decide the national champion, Miami came in a heavy favorite with even heavier swagger. The Tide defense, however, with its eleven-man fronts and zone blitzes, heavily confused Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta and Alabama won in a defensive rout, 34-13.

In other circles, the Big West Conference lost two members; Fresno State left for the WAC and Long Beach State stopped sponsoring football, but they also gained a member in Nevada, which made the jump from Division I-AA. Nevada went 5-1 in conference, winning the Big West championship and representing the conference in the 1992 Las Vegas Bowl (formerly the California Bowl held in Fresno, California).

1992 Orange Bowl

The 1992 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1 in Miami, Florida. The 58th edition of the Orange Bowl featured the Miami Hurricanes of the Big East Conference and the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference. Played at night, it was the final game of the bowl season and the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Top-ranked Miami entered with an 11–0 regular season record and eleventh-ranked Nebraska was at 9–1–1. It was a rematch of the 1984 and 1989 editions, both Miami wins. This shutout win gave the Hurricanes their fourth national championship (1983, 1987, 1989), capping their "decade of dominance."

1993 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1993 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 33rd in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. With a record of 9–7, the team was unable to match the success of the previous season. Their season ended with a 17–10 loss to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round.

Newly acquired Jim McMahon, who was known for helping the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl in 1985, was the Vikings starting quarterback for the season. He spent only one year with the team and after the season, the rebuilding Vikings decided not to renew McMahon's contract and he would go on to sign with other teams. The Vikings later acquired Warren Moon for next season.

Cris Carter and John Randle were named to play in the Pro Bowl after the season. It was the first Pro Bowl for both future Hall of Famers.

Terry Allen, who had a breakout season the previous year, missed the entire season after tearing his ACL in practice.

Cure Bowl

The Cure Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game played in December of each year at Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando, Florida. The Cure Bowl is so named to promote awareness and research of breast cancer, with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Since its inaugural game in 2015, the game has been sponsored by AutoNation and officially known as the AutoNation Cure Bowl.The Cure Bowl features a match-up of teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. It is the third annual college bowl game at the Camping World Stadium, joining the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl. The inaugural game took place on December 19, 2015, and was nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network.

Frank Costa (American football)

Frank Costa (born September 8, 1972) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for the Miami Hurricanes from 1991 to 1994.

List of Military Bowl broadcasters

List of television broadcasters of the Military Bowl, which was known as the EagleBank Bowl prior to 2010.

List of Outback Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Outback Bowl throughout the years.

List of Redbox Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Redbox Bowl throughout the years.

Malik Rosier

Malik Rosier Jr. (born October 18, 1995) (pronounced Rô-seer) is a quarterback for the University of Miami Hurricanes.

Miami Hurricanes football statistical leaders

The Miami Hurricanes football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Miami Hurricanes football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Hurricanes represent the University of Miami in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Miami began competing in intercollegiate football in 1926, but these lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1926, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.. The Hurricanes have played in 12 bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Mike Rodrigue

Mike Rodrique (born January 17, 1960) is a former Canadian football wide receiver in the Canadian Football League who played for the Montreal Concordes. He played college football for the Miami Hurricanes.

He played quarterback at Miami.

Pinole Valley High School

Pinole Valley High School is a high school in Pinole, California, United States, in Contra Costa County. First opened in 1967, the school is part of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Pinole Valley High serves grades 9–12, and has approximately 1,750 students. The school is noted for its girls' basketball team. Coach Dan O'Shea was named "Coach of the Year" in May 2006 by the Oakland Tribune.

Steve Clarkson

Steven Levert "Steve" Clarkson (born October 31, 1961) is an American football coach. Based in Pasadena, California, he is considered a top quarterback coach. Clarkson has tutored Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Hundley, Matt Leinart, J. P. Losman, Gino Torretta, Matt Barkley, Tim Tebow, Josh Freeman, and Jimmy Clausen, among others. Clarkson is also known for helping to get offers for David Sills from University of Southern California and Tate Martell from the University of Washington at ages of 13. David Sills currently attends West Virginia University and Tate Martell attends Ohio State University.

Torretta (surname)

Torretta is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Gaspare Torretta (1883–1910), Italian athlete

Gino Torretta (born 1970), American football player

Pietro Torretta (circa 1912 – 1975), member of the Sicilian Mafia

Touchdown Radio

Touchdown Radio, also known as Touchdown Radio Productions or Touchdown Radio Network, is a sports radio network specializing in live broadcasts of NCAA football. It was founded in 2007 by Gino Torretta, the 1992 Heisman Trophy winner.Touchdown Radio broadcasts at least one major college football game every Saturday during the college football season, along with select bowl games. Torretta handles color commentary on most broadcasts. Play-by-play announcers have included Taylor Zarzour, Frank Frangie, Roxy Bernstein, Brett Dolan, and Jim Szoke.

In 2008 it was announced that Touchdown had become the national radio partner for the All American Football League. The plan called for Touchdown to air a game of the week which would be distributed nationwide on Touchdown Radio affiliates and on Sports Byline USA. However the league never launched.

Wide Right II

Wide Right II is a colloquial name for the 1992 college football game between the Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles. The game is notable in the Florida State–Miami football rivalry and derives its name from the colloquial name Wide Right I, played during the immediately preceding season. Like its predecessor, the game had decisive national championship implications and ended with a Florida State kicker missing a game-altering field goal in the waning seconds.

Gino Torretta – championships, awards and honors

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