The offense of every dominant football program has a trigger man, a QB adept at getting the ball to the team’s star skill position players in space. For the juggernaut Miami (FL) teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s, that trigger man was Bay Area native Gino Torretta.
Following the 1992 regular season, Torretta was rewarded with the Heisman Trophy. In just barely beating out San Diego State star RB Marshall Faulk in the voting, Torretta delivered the Hurricanes’ second stiff-armed statue following Vinny Testaverde’s win six years before.
After an unremarkable five-season NFL career (1993–1997), Torretta returned to Miami, where he remains to this day. He is the chairman and CEO of Touchdown Radio Productions — which syndicates an NCAA football game of the week to a national audience — and a vice president at GAMCO Asset Management.
Twenty years after Torretta’s win, the 78th Heisman Trophy winner will be recognized this Saturday night in New York City. Gino Torretta profile