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Andre Ware Broadcaster ESPN Bio, Age, Wife, Net Worth

Andre Ware is an American sports analyst and commentator and a former American football player. Ware was the 1989 Heisman Trophy winner as a quarterback for the University of Houston. He was the first African American quarterback to receive this honor. In the 1990 NFL Draft, He was the first round selection (#7 overall) of the Detroit Lions. In 2004, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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Andre Ware Biography

Andre Ware is an American sports analyst and commentator and a former American football player. Ware was the 1989 Heisman Trophy winner as a quarterback for the University of Houston. He was the first African American quarterback to receive this honor. In the 1990 NFL Draft, He was the first round selection (#7 overall) of the Detroit Lions. In 2004, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Andre Ware Age

Andre Ware was born in Syracuse, New York, U.S. though the exact dates he was born are not known.

Andre Ware Wife

Ware is a married man to his lovely wife Donya Ware. The two got married in 1996.

Andre Ware Net Worth

The American sports analyst and commentator and also a  former professional football player, Andre Ware has a net worth of $1.5 million.

Andre Ware Broadcating ESPN

Ware joined the the Houston Texans’ radio broadcast team in 2002. He is teamed up with Marc Vandermeer. Ware became a college football analyst for ESPN in 2003. He called games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN on ABC from 2003 until 2008. ESPN announced in July 2009 that Ware would team up with long-time SEC broadcaster Dave Neal in the fall of 2009 as color commentator for ESPN Regional Television’s coverage of Southeastern Conference Football. Ware continued in this role until 2013 and since 2014 has been an analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network.

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Andre Ware College Career

Ware grew up in the Galveston, Texas region, hoping to play football at the University of Texas. He said “I was going to Texas. All they had to do was lie to me and tell me I was going to play quarterback once I got there. Thank goodness they told me the truth [that] they were going to move me to defense”.

After graduating from Dickinson High School, Ware instead played at the University of Houston, where in 1989, he won the Heisman Trophy, together with the Davey O’Brien Award, the latter award given to the most outstanding college quarterback of the year. That year, his junior year, Ware threw for 4,699 yards, 44 touchdowns and set 26 NCAA records.

Many of the records were thanks to the innovative use of the run and shoot offense, which his successor, David Klingler, also used to great effect. The Cougars ended the season ranked the #14 team in the nation by the Associated Press. Ware then declared for the NFL Draft, foregoing his senior year.

Andre Ware Professional Football Career

Ware was made the #1 draft pick of the Detroit Lions when head coach Wayne Fontes overrode the advice of the team’s scouting director, who resigned the next day. He joined the Lions for the 1990 season, teaming with Barry Sanders, the previous Heisman Trophy winner from 1988. Ware spent four years with Detroit, playing 14 games and starting six: Wayne Fontes insisted on starting the oft-injured Rodney Peete and usually replacing Peete with Erik Kramer when Peete was hurt or played poorly.

Fontes generally only played Ware when the Lions were out of the playoffs or already losing a game by a wide margin. His best stretch came late in the 1992 season when the Lions were out of the playoffs: he won two of three games. He started 1994 on the roster of the Los Angeles Raiders, but was released after several games. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995, one of the NFL’s two expansion teams that year.

As a former Heisman Trophy winner, his presence gathered much local excitement in Jacksonville, but ultimately, Ware was cut from the team the week before the regular season started. It is debated why Ware failed in the NFL despite a prolific college career. While some have argued that Ware was never given a fair chance to develop by his coaches, others have noticed that he was unable to adapt to an offensive system other than the run and shoot offense at Houston.

He also played in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Rough Riders, the BC Lions and the Toronto Argonauts (where he backed up fellow Heisman winner Doug Flutie) and five games with the Berlin Thunder, a German NFL Europe team.