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Encyclopedia > Charlie Ward
Charlie Ward
Date of birth October 12, 1970
Place of birth Thomasville, Georgia
Position(s) Quarterback
College Florida State
Awards 1993 Heisman Trophy
1993 Johnny Unitas Award
1993 James E. Sullivan Award
1993 Walter Camp Award
1993 Maxwell Award
1993 Davey O'Brien Award

Charlie Ward (born October 12, 1970 in Thomasville, Georgia) is an American football, basketball, and baseball player. Ward won the 1993 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback for Florida State University, and subsequently led the Seminoles to their first-ever National Championship when FSU defeated Nebraska 18-16 in the 1994 Orange Bowl. The Seminoles had suffered their only defeat of the season to a second-ranked Notre Dame team, but their path to the National Championship was cleared a week later when the Irish were upset at home by an unranked Boston College squad. Charlie was only the second African-American quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy, following Andre Ware in 1989; the third African-American quarterback to win was Troy Smith in 2006 . When Ward won the Heisman, he set the record (it has since been eclipsed) for the greatest margin of victory in the voting. He also won the Sullivan Award that year. In 2006 he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Thomasville is a city in Thomas County, Georgia, United States. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU) is a public research university located in Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is given annually in the United States to the nations outstanding senior quarterback in college football. ... The James E. Sullivan Award is awarded annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top amateur athlete in the United States. ... The Walter Camp Award, named in honor of the father of football, is given annually to the College football Player of the Year, as selected by Division 1A coaches and Sports Information directors. ... The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. ... The Davey OBrien Award, officially the Davey OBrien National Quarterback Award, is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by the Davey OBrien Foundation to be the best of all National Collegiate Athletic Association quarterbacks. ... October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Thomasville is a city in Thomas County, Georgia, United States. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... The Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU) is a public research university located in Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida. ... Seal of the University of Nebraska The University of Nebraska is one of two public university systems in the state of Nebraska, USA. The system has four universities and a technical college: University of Nebraska-Lincoln University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska Medical... The Orange Bowl can refer to: The Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, Florida. ... This article is about the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. ... For similarly-named academic institutions, see Boston (disambiguation). ... An African American (also Afro-American or Black American) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Andre Ware (born July 31, 1968 in Dickinson, Texas) won the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback for the University of Houston and was later drafted #7 in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. ... An African American (also Afro-American or Black American) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Ohio States Troy Smith hands off to Antonio Pittman vs the 2006 Texas Longhorns Troy Smith (born July 20, 1984) is the starting quarterback for the Ohio State University football team and the winner of the 2006 Heisman Trophy. ... The James E. Sullivan Award is awarded annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top amateur athlete in the United States. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ...


Though Ward did not play baseball in college, he was drafted as a pitcher by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1993 free agent draft and by the New York Yankees in 1994. Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,19,34,44 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970-2000) Sicks Stadium (Seattle) (1969) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as Americans...


Ward was a model student-athlete at Florida State. As a senior and captain of the team in 1993, he voluntarily approached Seminoles Head Coach Bobby Bowden about a difficult situation surrounding incoming freshman Warrick Dunn, whose mother, policewoman Betty Smothers, was killed in the line of duty during Dunn's senior year of high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Charlie served as a surrogate big brother to Dunn during the latter's first year in Tallahassee, helping him through a trying time by becoming his roommate and friend. Because of his integrity, Ward also managed to escape the fallout that many of his teammates received for the notorious "free shoes" scandal that surfaced in the months after FSU won the National Championship in 1994. In his senior year at Florida State, he also served as Student Government Vice-President, after he was asked to run by the Monarchy Party, a student government reform organization. Robert Cleckler Bowden (born November 8, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama), better known as Bobby Bowden, is the winningest coach in in NCAA Division I-A football history with 366 career wins. ... Warrick DeMon Dunn (born January 5, 1975 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American Football player who currently plays running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. // At Catholic High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dunn played quarterback, cornerback, and running back. ... Nickname: Red Stick Motto: Authentic Louisiana at every turn Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish East Baton Rouge Parish Founded 1699 Incorporated 16 January 1817  - Mayor Melvin Kip Holden (D) Area    - City 204. ... Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, a state of the United States of America. ... The Bear Bryant Trophy, the AP national championship trophy Division I-A football is the only NCAA-sponsored sport without an organized tournament to determine its champion. ... A Student Government Association is a body of students in a high school, college, or university who are elected by their peers and serve on a type of council that advises the education administration on matters affecting students and desires which the student body wishes to see come about. ... The Monarchy Party was a student political party that formed independently on two campuses across the United States. ...


Upon graduation, Ward made his intentions clear that should he not be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft his desire would be to play in the NBA. Accordingly, Ward was not selected in the NFL Draft, so instead of pursuing a career as a football player in the NFL like most Heisman winners, he began his career in the NBA as a point guard and was chosen in the 1st round of the 1994 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. Ward was also selected to the participate in the 1998 NBA All-Star three-point competition. The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... Point guard (PG), also called the “one guard” or “lead guard“, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... 1994 NBA Draft - 29 June 1994 - Indianapolis, Indiana Round 1 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft Category: ... The New York Knicks, short for Knickerbockers, are a professional basketball team based in New York City. ...


During his NBA career, Ward established himself as a good three-point shooter, a reliable ball distributor, and a respected floor leader. He soon helped the Knicks reach the 1999 NBA Finals, before falling to the San Antonio Spurs. After maintaining relatively good health over his first decade in the league, though, injuries caused Ward to miss most of the 2004-05 season and put his career in jeopardy. Because of the injuries, Ward retired, and was, for a short time, an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets. The 1999 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1998-99 National Basketball Association season. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


Off the court, Ward is one of the NBA's best role models, as he is known for his extensive charitable work through groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Mission The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a not-for-profit organization that has been based in Kansas City, Missouri since 1956. ...


Controversy

In 2001, while a player for the New York Knicks, it was discovered that Charlie Ward had made some disparaging comments about Jews during a Bible-study session, comments that were eventually leaked to the press. Among the comments made: "Jews are stubborn... tell me, why did they persecute Jesus unless he knew something they didn’t want to accept... They had his blood on their hands."[1] 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Knicks, short for Knickerbockers, are a professional basketball team based in New York City. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library of Congress. ...


There was an expected amount of outrage directed at Ward from Jewish groups, as well as the Knicks organization and the public at large. Ward defended himself by indicating that "I didn't mean to offend any one group because that's not what I'm about. I have friends that are Jewish. Actually, my friend is a Jewish guy, and his name is Jesus Christ."[2] He also noted that the quotes were taken out of context, as he had stated that "Jews are stubborn" in speaking to what he perceived to be their disinclination to convert to Christianity.[3] Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Eventually Charlie did apologize for his statements, with his apology being accepted by the Anti-Defamation League.[4] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Preceded by
Gino Torretta
Heisman Trophy Winner
1993
Succeeded by
Rashaan Salaam
Preceded by
Christian Laettner
ACC Male Athlete of the Year
1993-1994
Succeeded by
Randolph Childress

Gino Torretta Gino Torretta was an American football player who won the Heisman Trophy and played in the National Football League. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... Rashaan Iman Salaam (born October 8, 1974 in La Jolla, California) is a former professional American football player. ... Christian Donald Laettner (born August 17, 1969 in Angola, New York) is a former professional basketball player who has played 13 seasons in the NBA on six different teams. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference Athlete of the Year award is given to the male and female athlete who show extraordinary talent throughout the entire season. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Randolph Childress (born September 21, 1972, in Washington, D.C.) is an American professional basketball player who was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (19th overall) of the 1995 NBA Draft. ...

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.trincoll.edu/depts/csrpl/RINVol4No2/jamming_jews.htm
  2. ^ http://www.trincoll.edu/depts/csrpl/RINVol4No2/jamming_jews.htm
  3. ^ http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30E16FF35540C718EDDAD0894D9404482&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fPeople%2fW%2fWard%2c%20Charlie
  4. ^ http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASUS_12/3816_12.asp

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Charlie Ward - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (550 words)
Ward won the 1993 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback for Florida State University, and subsequently led the Seminoles to their first-ever National Championship when FSU defeated Nebraska 18-16 in the 1994 Orange Bowl.
Though Ward did not play baseball in college, he was drafted as a pitcher by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1993 free agent draft and by the New York Yankees in 1994.
Upon graduation, Ward was not selected in the NFL Draft, so instead of pursuing a career as a football player in the NFL like most Heisman winners, he opted to enter the NBA as a point guard and was chosen in the 1st round of the 1994 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.
Heisman.com - Heisman Trophy (308 words)
Ward responded not only with many a marvelous performance at passing and running, but also with the kind of inspired leadership which is present in only the finest of quarterbacks.
But it was as a passer that Ward ruined a defense, with an almost unbelievable- near 70 percent- completion average, and the ability to throw the long pass as well as the short.
Charlie is the starting point guard for the New York Knickerbockers of the NBA, who selected him 26th overall in the 1994 NBA draft.
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