From Berkeley to Lincoln, Los Angeles, Montreal, Buffalo and Green Bay, Vince Ferragamo is a travelin’ man. He is also the only former Nebraska quarterback to start a Super Bowl game.
Ferragamo transferred to Nebraska after falling behind Steve Bartkowski, another future NFL QB, on California’s depth chart. Ferragamo didn’t start right away in Lincoln, but he started to make his mark five games into the 1975 season.
His first start came in a 16-0 win over Kansas, then he relieved injured starter Terry Luck at Oklahoma State and started every remaining game. Ferragamo was the leader in the Huskers’ stretch drive to a 10-2 season and 6-1 conference mark that tied Oklahoma for the Big Eight crown. He passed for 1,153 yards and 12 touchdowns.
As a senior, Ferragamo established himself as one of Nebraska’s premier quarterbacks, throwing for 2,254 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was co-captain of a team that finished 9-3-1 and defeated Texas Tech in the Bluebonnet Bowl.
Ferragamo was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round of the 1977 NFL draft. After two-plus years as a reserve, he was pressed into duty when Pat Haden was injured in late 1979. Ferragamo won four of five games, followed by playoff victories over Dallas and Tampa Bay to put the Rams in the Super Bowl.
Pittsburgh won its fourth title of the decade, 31-19, but knew it was in a battle. Ferragamo passed for 212 yards and the Rams had a 19-17 lead after three quarters.
Ferragamo threw for 30 touchdowns in 1980 before bolting for big money from the CFL’s Alouettes in 1981. He struggled in Montreal and was back with the Rams by 1982. Hand injuries sidelined him in his last Rams season, 1984, and he was dealt to Buffalo in 1985. He finished his career as a backup at Green Bay in 1986.
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