John Huarte

John Gregory Huarte (born April 6, 1944) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and won the 1964 Heisman Trophy. He then played professionally with a number of teams in the American Football League (AFL), the National Football League (NFL), and in the World Football League (WFL) between 1965 and 1975. Huarte was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

John Huarte
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Personal information
Born:April 6, 1944 (age 74)
Anaheim, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Mater Dei
(Santa Ana, California)
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1965 / Round: 6 / Pick: 76
AFL draft:1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12[1]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years and college career

Huarte was born and raised in Orange County, California; his father Joseph was a former minor league baseball player of Basque descent.[2][3] The family ran an orange and avocado ranch and he graduated from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana in 1961.[2]

Huarte played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. During his sophomore and junior seasons, he averaged only a few minutes per game due to injuries and the Irish went 5–5 and 2–7, respectively. As a senior, however, he became the starting quarterback as the Irish won all but one game during the 1964 season, in which he was selected as an All-American and won the Heisman Trophy.[2][4] By the end of the season, Huarte threw for 2,062 yards with only 205 passes, an average of over ten yards per pass attempt, many to receiver Jack Snow.[5]

Huarte was a member of the College All-Star team in the annual pre-season game against the defending NFL champions at Chicago's Soldier Field. The 1965 game was in early August against the Cleveland Browns and Huarte was named the game's most valuable player.

Professional career

Huarte was drafted in 1965 by both pro football leagues: he was the twelfth overall selection of the AFL draft and the 76th pick of the NFL draft. He signed with the AFL's New York Jets over the NFL Philadelphia Eagles, He signed with the Jets, but was beaten out for the starting position by fellow-rookie Joe Namath, the first pick of the AFL draft.[2] who had finished eleventh in the Heisman voting as a senior at Alabama. The AFL Jets thus signed both the Heisman Trophy winner and the Alabama star away from the NFL. Huarte was third on the depth chart behind co-starters Namath and Mike Taliaferro and was on the taxi squad. Following the 1965 season, Huarte was traded to the Boston Patriots for Jim Colclough and the draft rights to Wichita State linebacker/center Jim Waskiewicz.[6]

Subsequently, Huarte did see action as a back-up quarterback for several other professional teams from 1966 to 1972.[7][8][9] Out of the NFL in 1973, he played his final two seasons of professional football as the starting quarterback of the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League,[5][10] which folded before the completion of the 1975 season.[11]

After football

Huarte is a member of The Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll, and is also the founder and CEO of Arizona Tile Supply, Inc.[5][12] In 2005, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[13][14]

Huarte is married to Eileen Devine from Woodside, LI; they have 5 children and 14 grandchildren.

See also


  1. ^ "1965 AFL Draft". Archived from the original on February 25, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Boyle, Robert H. (July 19, 1965). "Show-biz Sonny and his quest for stars". Sports Illustrated. p. 66.
  3. ^ "Joseph Huarte". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Huarte wins Heisman Trophy". Miami News. Associated Press. November 24, 1964. p. 2B.
  5. ^ a b c Vecsey, George (November 28, 1983). "Huarte: Most unheralded Heisman winner". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (New York Times News Service). p. 16.
  6. ^ "Patriots land John Huarte". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. December 20, 1965. p. 15.
  7. ^ "Huarte makes another stop". Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. November 8, 1967. p. 7.
  8. ^ "Huarte, Flores put on Chiefs' roster". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. October 4, 1969. p. 21.
  9. ^ "Huarte to beef up Bears' roster". Wilmington (NC) Star-News. UPI. September 15, 1972. p. 3C.
  10. ^ "Huarte sparks Memphis win". Ocala Star-Banner. Associated Press. July 19, 1974. p. 3B.
  11. ^ "Troubled World Football League finally makes decision to fold". Florence (AL) Times. Associated Press. October 23, 1975. p. 17.
  12. ^ Our History. Arizona Tile. Arizona Tile has become one of the leading tile and slab distributors in the U.S. Accessed July 24, 2011.
  13. ^ "John Huarte". Our Executive Team. Arizona Tile. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  14. ^ "Heisman winner Huarte finally enters college hall". Wilmington (NC) Star-News. Associated Press. August 11, 2006. p. 8C.

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1964 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1964 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1964 NCAA University Division football season. John Huarte was the sixth Notre Dame player to win the Heisman Trophy. They were crowned national champions by the National football Foundation at the end of the season.

1965 NFL Draft

The 1965 National Football League draft was held at the Summit Hotel in New York City on Saturday, November 28, 1964. The first player selected was Tucker Frederickson, back from Auburn, by the New York Giants.The draft was marked by the failure of the St. Louis Cardinals to sign quarterback Joe Namath of Alabama, who went with the New York Jets of the American Football League. The AFL draft was held the same day.

1965 Philadelphia Eagles season

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Ugarte or uharte is a Basque word meaning "island".

It can also be spelt Huarte or Hugarte in Spanish. Notable people with the surname include:

John S. Ugarte (born 1977), Military Leader

Adriana Ugarte (born 1985), Spanish actress

Agustín Jerónimo de Iturbide y Huarte (1807–1866), Prince Imperial of Mexico

Alfonso Ugarte (1847–1880), Peruvian military commander

Alirio Ugarte Pelayo (1923–1966), Venezuelan politician

Ana Carolina Ugarte (born 1992), Venezuelan model and beauty pageant titleholder

Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte (1915–2006), Chilean military officer and dictator

Jose de la Torre Ugarte (1798–1878), Peruvian lyricist

José Humberto Ugarte (born 1980), Costa Rican footballer

John Huarte (born 1944), American football quarterback

Juan Huarte de San Juan (c. 1530–1592), Spanish physician and psychologist

Juan Ugarte (born 1982), Spanish footballer

Julio Ugarte y Ugarte (1890–1949), Peruvian writer

Manuel Ugarte (1875–1951), Argentinian author

Nicolás Armentia Ugarte (1845–1909), Spanish missionary and bishop

Renzo Pi Hugarte (1934–2012), Uruguayan anthropologist

Salvador de Iturbide y Huarte (1820–1856), prince of Mexico

Víctor Ugarte (1926–1995), Bolivian footballer

Víctor Ugarte (voice actor), Mexican voice actor

Xóchitl Ugarte (born 1979), Mexican voice actressFictional characters:

Guillermo Ugarte, a character in the film Casablanca


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