Danny comes home to Destin, Florida once or twice a year or so to relax.
The truth is that this guy never slows down.
Less than 24 hours after he hit ground, he was gracious in helping host the “Danny Cup”, a golf tournament fundraiser for his high school’s booster club on a hot Saturday afternoon. He hit a tee shot with each team, posed for photos with everyone who asked, and signed every autograph with Jessica and the kids in tow.
Following the next weekend’s trip to Jacksonville for a commitment and a Wuerffel Trophy Board Meeting the next Tuesday, he took a breath and sat down with us to talk about his health, the Wuerffel Trophy, his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame and Desire Street Ministries.
With regard to his health, specifically with his battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, as always, the cup is half full. “Looking back, this was definitely two of the hardest years of my life, I mean without question. And yet, and in some way it was two of the best. It was one of those difficult, redemptive, transformative times and so glad I hopefully won’t have to do it again but am thankful to have been through it,,” he said.
Talking about the Wuerffel Trophy, he’s equally as positive. “I’m really, really shocked to look back and to think about starting something, the selection committee members that have gotten involved are a pretty impressive group of folks,” Danny said.
When asked about the future of the award he said, “My sense with life and with this, is to be faithful, and not worry so much about being successful, and I just believe whether it’s life or in practicing for your game, or whatever it is you are doing, if you focus more on being faithful to the process and then leaving the results to God,” he added.
We couldn’t let Danny go without talking about his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. “It’s quite an ordeal. We’ve been overwhelmed with all that’s a part of this. There’s the announcement where I went to New York, the great big banquet in New York before the Heisman, an honoring at the Sugar Bowl and the enshrinement next summer in Atlanta. It’s humbling looking at the process and the people in this class, and has been particularly great to cause me to look back and reflect at the people that have been a part of my life and my football career. There’s been a lot of people that have been a part of my life to help make this happen,” said Danny.
Upcoming for Desire Street Ministries is the 3rd Annual Desire Cup, a golf tournament to support Desire Street Ministries, will be held on November 1 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Oak Mark Plantation Golf Course. For information on how you can help, click HERE.