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Where the 15 Minutes of Fame Never End
Talk to a Florida State football fan and he or she will no doubt recount the greatness of the late 90s, an era led by St. Paul native Chris Weinke. Weinke was first an obscure baseball player, spending six seasons in the Blue Jays’ system, and it’s why he was already 28 when he led the ‘Noles to their second national championship as a junior in 1999. He followed up his ’99 campaign with a Heisman-winning season in 2000, and was drafted in April, 2001, by the Carolina Panthers.
Conversely, talk to a Carolina Panthers fan, and he or she will no doubt recount the stunning wretchedness of the Chris Weinke days of Panther football. Weinke started fifteen games as a 29-year old rookie during the ’01 season, going 1-14, with all fourteen losses coming in a row.
Weinke stuck around in Carolina until the end of the ’06 season, making spot starts in relief of Jake Delhomme, and would get his last hurrah on December 10, 2006, breaking the Panthers’ record for passing yards in a game with 423 in a losing effort against the Giants.
Weinke was let go by the Panthers that offseason, and would only start one more game in his career, in 2007 as part of a brief stint for the 49ers. Chris Weinke’s final numbers as an NFL quarterback include 15 touchdowns, 26 interceptions, and a dismal 62.2 passer rating to go with a 2-18 career record as a starter. The .100 winning percentage is among the worst ever among QB’s with at least 20 career starts.. Given how his NFL career panned out, it’s a good thing he stuck around at Florida State for a good while. Needless to say he’s yet to get the call from the fine folks at Hair Club for Men looking for his endorsement. Not yet, that is.