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1981: Vinny Testaverde Graduates
from Sewanhaka High School

While attending Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, future New York Jet Vinny Testaverde played football on his school’s team. In 1979, the team was awarded the “Rutgers Cup” as Nassau County’s most outstanding team. After graduating in 1981, Testaverde attended the University of Miami, winning the Heisman Trophy during his senior year. He spent the first eleven years of his NFL career playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Baltimore Ravens. In 1998, the quarterback returned to Long Island, joining the New York Jets. That year, his teammates named him their Most Valuable Player. The team trained at Hofstra University, only ten minutes away from his hometown. Testaverde, who will be released from the Jets on June 1, is currently considering different options. He is shown here in a 1987 photograph.

–Cynthia Blair

 

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