Danny Wuerffel, former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback has been diagnose with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Danny Wuerffel, who lives in Decatur, Ga., noticed he was losing sensation in his legs and strength in his arms shortly after he battled a stomach virus June 4. It’s thought that his immune system started to attack the nerves that control movement and sensation, mistaking them for the virus.
According to an organization he works with called the Desire Street Ministries, Wuerffel contracted the disease after suffering from a stomach virus. Meanwhile, according to his wife Jessica, “Wuerffel’s strength is currently half of what it was. He’s hanging in there. It’s a distressing situation but, to be honest, his faith is strong.” Danny Wuerffel is not completely paralyzed, but has been advised by his doctors to stay immobile during his recovery, his wife said. But it’s unclear how long that recovery will take.
Danny Wuerffel, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1996 while playing for the Florida Gators, was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1997. He played for the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins before retiring from the National Football League in 2002. He now heads up Desire Street Ministries, a Christian charity that serves impoverished communities in New Orleans.
I hope Danny Wuerffel may have a complete and speedy recovery.