Dilfer, Trent
Football
As a young athlete, there seemingly wasn't a sport in which Dilfer didn't shine while growing up in Aptos, California. He did them all -- soccer, baseball, basketball, football, golf. But Fresno State football coach Jim Sweeney helped convince him to focus on football, and the result was a career that included one of the Bulldogs' most memorable victories -- 24-7 over USC in the 1992 Freedom Bowl -- and a 14-year NFL career highlighted by quarterbacking the Baltimore Ravens to victory over the New York Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl. _Now an NFL analyst with ESPN, Dilfer's leadership, toughness and strong right arm enabled him to start 113 NFL games and earned him a Pro Bowl selection in the 1997 while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He retired in 2008, having passed for 113 touchdowns and 20,518 yards, with a quarterback rating of 70.2, in a career that included stints with Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Seattle, Cleveland and San Francisco. With the 49ers, in addition to starting six games, he served as a mentor for the team's younger quarterbacks. _Dilfer became a starter for Fresno State as a redshirt freshman and led the Bulldogs to national prominence before leaving for the NFL after his junior season. He helped Fresno State win or share the conference title for three straight seasons and started in two bowl games. In his junior season, Dilfer led the nation in pass efficiency en route to being named the WAC Offensive Player of the Year. He also set the NCAA record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception - 271 - that stood until 2007. _Tampa Bay drafted him in the first round with the sixth overall pick in 1994, and Dilfer was the center of attention at the draft in New York , as the second quarterback taken behind Tennessee 's Heath Shuler, who went with the third pick to the Washington Redskins. Dilfer's jersey (No. 12) was retired by Fresno State -- a fitting tribute for the quarterback who left the Bulldogs with school records for single-season passing yards (3,799) and touchdowns (30) and another NCAA record -- most passing yards in a bowl game (523) set against Colorado in the 1993 Jeep Aloha Bowl. _Dilfer's all-around athletic skills also were showcased by his success in charity golf tournaments featuring professional athletes. He uses his his golf prowess and affinity to raise money for charity, including the TD4HIM Foundation, which he established in 2003 in memory of his late son, Trevin, who passed away from a heart ailment at the age of five. In 2009, Dilfer received Brodie Award," recognizing an individual's accomplishments in both a chosen profession and in the sport of golf. It's given each year by organizers of the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. The award is named for former National Football League Most Valuable Player (1970) John Brodie, the one-time San Francisco 49ers quarterback and Senior PGA Tour player.
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