Testaverde Week: 43-Year-Old Vinny Wins For The Panthers Five Days After Signing With The Team
The year: 2007. The month: October. Arizona Cardinals' QB and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart goes down with a broken collar bone. Cardinals' coach, Ken Whisenhunt gets on the phone (probably a Motorola Razr) and dials up the number of active player, yet literal armchair quarterback at the time, Vinny Testaverde.
Whisenhunt wanted the Vin-man to play for Arizona and the Vin-man accepted until he thought about being away from his wife and kids in a whole different timezone from his residence in New York. He called the former Steelers' offensive coordinator back and rescinded his acceptance of the offer. Later that morning, however, who comes calling but those Carolina Panthers and conveniently enough, they happen to be in the Eastern Time Zone. To Carolina he went, ready to back up David Carr, the shell-shocked sacked brother to Derek, that is until Dave had back problems on the flight to Arizona (who ironically enough they were playing that Sunday).
Vinny soon had to live the life any any good-partying college student and crammed to learn the playbook in three days so he could start under center on Sunday, which he did so quite successfully.
Testaverde went 20 for 33, throwing for 206 yards, no interceptions and a 65-yard TD pass to future Hall of Famer and sensitive man to suit criticisms Steve Smith:
Oh yeah, and he won the game, making him the oldest quarterback to ever start and win a football game. He also broke his own record of consecutive seasons with a touchdown pass (21) all while looking like Tom Cruise out of Collateral.