Jim Druckenmiller

James David Druckenmiller, Jr. (born September 19, 1972) is a former American football quarterback.

In his career, Druckenmiller played for the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, and Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League, as well as the Memphis Maniax of the XFL and the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League.

Jim Druckenmiller
No. 18, 14
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:September 19, 1972 (age 46)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school:Northampton (PA)
College:Virginia Tech
NFL Draft:1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT:1–4
Yards:239
QB Rating:29.2
Player stats at NFL.com

College career

After attending high school at Northampton Area High School in Pennsylvania, Druckenmiller prepped at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, before committing to Virginia Tech.

Druckenmiller started two years at quarterback for the Virginia Tech Hokies football team. As a senior, he won all-Big East accolades. Druckenmiller's Hokies won the Big East Conference championship in 1995 and 1996. In 1995, they defeated the Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl. In December 1996, Druckenmiller graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in physical education.[1]

  • 1995: 151/294 for 2,103 yards with 14 touchdowns vs. 11 interceptions, ran for 57 yards
  • 1996: 142/250 for 2,071 yards with 17 touchdowns vs. 5 interceptions, ran for 205 yards

Professional career

National Football League

Druckenmiller was drafted in the first round (26th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, which intended to groom him as Steve Young's successor; after the draft, 49ers coach Steve Mariucci commented about Druckenmiller: "I would like to think he's our quarterback of the future."[1] Because Young had a concussion, Mariucci decided to start Druckenmiller for the week 2 game (September 7, 1997) against the St. Louis Rams.[2] Although the 49ers won 15–12, Druckenmiller completed only 10 of his 28 attempted passes for 102 yards with one touchdown pass and three interceptions. In the fourth quarter, Druckenmiller was 0-for-5 with one interception and two near-interceptions.[3]

Druckenmiller played in three more games: first in week 3 backing up Steve Young in the 49ers' 33–7 win over the New Orleans Saints. In that game, Druckenmiller completed 4 of 6 pass attempts for 41 yards, was sacked once for 9 yards, and lost one yard on a rush attempt. The following week, the 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34–7. Druckenmiller was 2-for-7 for 32 yards and a 6-yard sack, and -3 yards rushing. Druckenmiller's next game action was in the 49ers' final 1997 regular season game, a 38–9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in which Druckenmiller was 5-for-11 for 64 yards, one interception, one sack, and one rushing yard. He finished the 1997 season 21-for-52 with one touchdown pass and four interceptions.[4]

In the 1998 season, Druckenmiller played only two games: week 2 against the Washington Redskins and week 6 against the New Orleans Saints.[5] After the season, General Manager Bill Walsh belittled his football skills and implied that Druckenmiller would have been released but for salary-cap ramifications.[6]

On September 6, 1999, the 49ers traded Druckenmiller to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional draft choice.[7] Druckenmiller did not play a down in 1999.[8] In a preseason game on August 9, 2000, Druckenmiller completed 13 of 21 pass attempts in the Dolphins' 13–10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers for 141 yards including the 78-yard first touchdown drive.[9] The Dolphins cut Druckenmiller on August 16.[10]

In 2008, ESPN named him the 11th-biggest bust since the AFL-NFL merger.[11]

Later career

In 2001, he had limited action as a backup with the Arena Football League's Los Angeles Avengers.

He also played for the Memphis Maniax of the XFL in 2001. The XFL used the angle of Druckenmiller's history and his unusually strong arm and passing range to promote Maniax games. He ranked 13th in the league in rushing yards (208, leading all quarterbacks) and fourth in passer rating, with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was one of only three of the league's eight Opening Day starting quarterbacks to survive the entire ten-week XFL season as starter without being injured or losing his starting position.

In 2003, just as Druckenmiller was offered a job as a sales manager for a Little Rock, Arkansas-based cargo trailer company, the Indianapolis Colts offered Druckenmiller a tryout to be Peyton Manning's third-string backup, but the Colts ultimately signed Jim Kubiak.[12][13]

Legal troubles

Malicious wounding

In 1996, Druckenmiller was charged with malicious wounding in connection with a bar brawl. One witness quoted Druckenmiller as saying to him, "Did you see me kick that guy's butt?" The judge held that the evidence against Druckenmiller was not sufficient to convict him and threw out the charge.[14]

Rape allegations

On April 24, 1999, police in Blacksburg, Va., reported that Druckenmiller had been charged with rape, stemming from an incident in a house between 3 and 4 a.m. on March 4 of that year.[14] According to Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Curtis "Skip" Schwab, Druckenmiller "went downstairs to have sex with a woman who had vomited twice and fallen on a couch," and that Druckenmiller did not know the woman's correct first or last name.[15]

The accuser testified that she vaguely remembered a friend putting her to bed after a night of drinking. She passed out and awoke to find Druckenmiller on top of her. When asked what he was doing by a Montgomery County assistant commonwealth's attorney, the accuser responded, "Having sex. It took me a while to realize what was going on. I was disoriented. I had no idea where I was."[16] According to Druckenmiller, he had carried the woman to a bed after she vomited for the second time that night and slumped on a couch, and stated he went to check on her a few minutes later and asked how she was. When she told him she was drunk but doing fine, he asked her if she was going to make good on a promise she made to him earlier in the evening to have sex.[15]

On July 22, 1999, Druckenmiller was acquitted. As the verdict was read, Druckenmiller breathed a sigh of relief and winked at a supporter sitting in the courtroom.[17]

After-football career

Since 2004, Druckenmiller has lived in Memphis and worked in various sales, business management, and information technology positions with companies including ChoicePoint, LexisNexis, and A.S. Barboro. [12][18]

References

  1. ^ a b Fox, John Jay (April 20, 1997). "Druckenmiller A 49er". The Morning Call. Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Miller, Ira (September 4, 1997). "Young Likely to Sit, Druckenmiller to Start". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Ostler, Scott (September 8, 1997). "An Ugly Win Is Still a Win". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "Jim Druckenmiller game log, 1997". NFL. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "Jim Druckenmiller game log, 1998". NFL. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "49ers' Druckenmiller Indicted in Rape". Chicago Tribune. Tribune News Services. April 24, 1999. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "Druckenmiller Gets a Chance With Dolphins". Associated Press. September 7, 1999. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  8. ^ "Jim Druckenmiller game log, 1999". NFL. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  9. ^ Associated Press (August 6, 2000). "Steelers' Stewart struggles, but Dolphins QBs also bad". CNNSI.com. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  10. ^ Associated Press (August 16, 2000). "Former first rounder Druckenmiller cut loose by Dolphins". CNNSI.com. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  11. ^ "Phillips couldn't outrun off-the-field troubles". ESPN. April 18, 2008.
  12. ^ a b King, Randy (September 29, 2005). "'Druck' can't wait for return to the 'Burg". The Roanoke Times. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  13. ^ "Druckenmiller Looking For Another Shot at NFL Career". Associated Press. June 4, 2003. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  14. ^ a b Sward, Susan; Gay, Nancy (April 24, 1999). "Rape Charge Filed Against 49er Backup / QB Druckenmiller's lawyer denies allegation". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Larimer, Terry (July 23, 1999). "Druckenmiller Doesn't Testify, Beats Rape Count; the Former Northampton Athlete Gets His Tale Across By Playing a Police Tape". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  16. ^ CBSNews.com Staff (July 10, 1999). "Woman Testifies Against Niner". CBS News. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  17. ^ http://onlineathens.com/stories/072399/spo_0723990034.shtml#.VhQDtSBViko
  18. ^ Jim Druckenmiller on LinkedIn. Accessed July 9, 2012.
1995 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

The 1995 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University during the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Frank Beamer. The Hokies finished the season 10–2 (6–1 Big East) and won the Sugar Bowl 28–10 over Texas.

1996 Orange Bowl (December)

The 63rd Orange Bowl, also known as the 1996 Orange Bowl, was a 1996–1997 Bowl Alliance game played on December 31, 1996, between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Virginia Tech Hokies. Virginia Tech, champions of the Big East Conference, came into the game with a 10–1 record and #10 AP ranking, whereas Nebraska, members of the Big 12 Conference, came into the game with a 10–2 and No. 6 ranking. In a high-scoring affair, Nebraska defeated Virginia Tech, 41–21.

Due to Bowl Alliance (predecessor to the Bowl Championship Series) rules, the Orange Bowl following the 1996 season was played on December 31, instead of January 1 or later. This marked the first time that an Orange Bowl was played prior to New Year's Day: there were two Orange Bowls in the same calendar year—one in January, following the 1995 season, and the other in December, following the 1996 season. The Orange Bowl Committee, which had the fourth and sixth selections of eligible Bowl Alliance teams, selected Big East champions Virginia Tech and Nebraska, an at-large selection that appeared to be a national championship game contender before its loss to Texas in the inaugural Big 12 Championship Game.

The weeks before the game were filled with controversy, as both teams had multiple players arrested or charged with crimes. Despite having lost their last game before the Orange Bowl, Nebraska was heavily favored over Virginia Tech, as spread bettors favored the Cornhuskers by 16 or 17 points, depending on the source used. The Cornhuskers had won the 1994 and 1995 national championships, and presented an imposing history when compared with that of Virginia Tech, which had posted its most important win in school history at the end of the previous season, defeating Texas in the 1995 Sugar Bowl.

On December 31, the weather was clear and warm at the start of the game, though a light rain began to fall in the fourth quarter. Virginia Tech scored first, taking a 7–0 lead at the end of the first quarter—its only advantage in the game. In the second quarter, Nebraska scored three times for 17 points, taking a 17–7 lead before Virginia Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller threw a touchdown pass with 19 seconds remaining in the first half, cutting Nebraska's lead to 17–14. In the third quarter, the two teams alternated scores, with Nebraska maintaining a three or 10-point lead throughout. At the end of the third quarter, Nebraska had a 31–21 lead. In the final quarter of the game, Nebraska scored 10 unanswered points as the Cornhuskers used their large number of backup players to advantage. The final score was 41–21, Nebraska.

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