Edmonton Elks add son of longtime NFL QB Vinny Testaverde

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The Edmonton Elks have signed American quarterback Vinny Testaverde Jr., the team announced on Monday.

The 26-year-old earned an NCAA scholarship to Texas Tech University ahead of the 2014 season but transferred to the University of Miami, his father’s alma mater, as a sophomore. He spent two seasons with the Hurricanes before departing for the University of Albany and winning the starting job.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound passer completed 53.4 percent of his passes for 1,714 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions with the Great Danes. He went unselected in the 2019 NFL Draft but signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after participating in the team’s rookie minicamp.

The Tampa Bay, Fla. native was released by his hometown team following training camp and signed with the B.C. Lions during the CFL’s cancelled season in 2020. He was also a member of the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League in 2021.

The quarterback’s father is former Heisman Trophy winner and longtime NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde.

The 59-year-old was selected with the first overall pick in the 1987 NFL draft by Tampa Bay. He played for the Bucs, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, and Carolina Panthers during 21-year NFL career.

Testaverde completed 56.5 percent of his passes for 46,233 yards, 275 touchdowns, and 267 interceptions over 233 career games, earning two Pro Bowl selections.