Danny Wuerffel

Our executive director Danny Wuerffel first joined Desire Street Ministries as a volunteer while quarterbacking for the New Orleans Saints.   As the former quarterback for University of Florida’s 1996 National Champions and Heisman Trophy winner, Wuerffel connected with the DSM youth in a unique way, serving a neighborhood in need of strong male role models.  

Following his NFL career, Wuerffel felt a calling to return to DSM as a full time employee in New Orleans’ lower ninth ward, one of the nation’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Wuerffel led an expansion of DSM to serve the leaders of other Southeastern ministries, relocating HQ to Atlanta and serving as the Executive Director.

Danny and his wife Jessica reside in Atlanta where Wuerffel serves as Executive Director of DSM, hosts the Annual Desire Cup Golf tournament in Sea Island, is a motivational speaker, and President of the Wuerffel Foundation, created to Inspire Greater Service and Unity in our communities. 

“Like any quarterback, I couldn’t do much of anything without a team. When the baton of Desire Street’s leadership was passed to me in 2006, I relied heavily, as I still do, on staff, donors, friends and family—people who are every bit as committed to the vision of revitalizing under-resourced neighborhoods as I am. Today, the real heroes are our ministry partners who live and work in the neighborhoods they love. But it’s not us who is really making the difference, it’s God. Please give Him all the glory.” 

Danny Wuerffel


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