Birthplace: Galveston, TX
Andre Ware’s 1989 season was one of the greatest years ever recorded by a collegiate quarterback. In that memorable 1989 season, Houston’s Heisman winner and consensus All-America quarterback set a staggering 26 NCAA passing records. In the 1989 opener, Ware completed 30 of 48 passes for 390 yards and five touchdowns in a 69-0 win over UNLV. The fourth game of the season, however, is when Ware began grabbing national attention. That week the Cougars met up with Baylor who had the top-ranked pass defense in the country. Ware ripped them to shreds connecting on 33 of 53 passes for 514 yards and six touchdowns in a 66-10 Houston rout. Houston went on to lose two of its next three games but Ware’s personal performances continued to impress. His Heisman chances came down to the final game of the season as the Cougars were set to face nationally ranked Texas Tech. Ware turned in a stellar performance completing 37 of 62 attempts for 475 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-24 win that sealed his selection. Ware and his offense held the NCAA records for passing yards (4,699), passing yards per game (427.2), touchdown passes per game (4.2), and completions per game (33.2) and 23 others. After his junior season, Ware entered the draft and was picked in the first round by the Detroit Lions. He played four years in Detroit followed by four in the CFL.
University of Houston