Happy 54th Birthday, Vinny Testaverde
In the middle of November, most folks may be making their Thanksgiving plans and hammering out the what's and how's of the holidays, but like a psychopath I mark November 13th every year in the calendar book for the birthday of my favorite quarterback, nay! My favorite athlete of all time: the one, the only, Vincent Frank Testaverde
Oh, who made that beautifully-timed, beautifully-orchestrated slideshow to Eddie Money's "I Wanna Go Back", you ask? Well none other than senior-year of college me, who instead of writing a pertinent term paper to obtain a degree I can now line a bird cage with, I stayed up all night making a timeless, yet viral masterpiece (23K views on the YouTube, baby)
But back to the task at hand, I cannot express the adoration I have for this man. My dad is a huge Joe Namath fan (his Jets fandom really only runs that deep), so back in 1998 when they got their Willie White Shoes look back, I hopped on that soaring green and white 747 piloted by the Big Tuna himself.
Who was under center at the time? The 6'5" paisan journeyman, Vinny Testaverde, who was lighting up the gridiron that year with Keyshawn, Curtis, and Chrebet. That year was the best one he ever had in his many seasons, but he and the Jets had me as a fan for life.
The several ups and downs his career took after that gave me a roller coaster of emotions year after year even after his tenure on the Jets had ended (and then returned for a season in 2005). The dude played 21 seasons and broke a lot of records for being the oldest QB on the field on more than one occasion (he was 44 when he took his last NFL snap with the Carolina Panthers).
So since this is his first birthday since I launched this site, every day this week you'll be treated (or "burdened" if you wanna be a douche about it) with one Vinny moment, right here on The Keystone Statement.
Get ready for some moments that probably only I will love. Now enjoy this song that some band in 2010 wrote about the man of the hour, they mention him getting a bad break (which I wholeheartedly agree with):