British Columbia Lions

Andre Ware - Quarterback - 1995-1997 - Houston

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Andre Ware won the Heisman trophy with the Houston Cougars in 1989 under coah John Jenkins high powered run & shoot offence. Ware was a first round selection of the Detroit Lions in the 1990 NFL draft 11th overall and had high expectations. Ware would never live up to the expectations and by 1995 was out of the NFL picture.

 

Andre brought his talents north to the CFL first with Ottawa in 1995 he was given the opportunity as a starter but struggled with 8 interceptions in limited action.

 

Ware signed with the British Columbia Lions in 1996 joining the unstable ownership of Nelson

Skalbania. Ware had solid results as the clubs starter but when the money dried up and new ownership arrived in the form of David Braley Ware was replaced as quarterback by CFL legend Damon Allen. Ware would spend 1 final season with Toronto in 1997 backing up Doug Flutie. Ware saw limited action behind Flutie but it would mark the first time in pro football history that 2 Heisman winning quarterbacks would be employed on the same team. Following a Grey Cup championship Ware briefly signed with the Montreal Alouettes in 1998 but he would never play with the club and his playing career would end with the Argonauts in 1997.

 

An excellent collegiate player with a number of 'what ifs' Ware did spend 3 seasons in Canadian Football with middling results.

  

-- statistics --

 

 

Andre Ware       Houston  
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1995 Ott 126 70 759 55.6 3 8 80
1996 BC 97 49 590 50.5 5 2 39
1997 Tor 26 15 193 57.7 2 0 71
Total 3 249 134 1,542 53.8 10 10 80

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1995 Ott 20 148 7.4 25 0
1996 BC 14 108 7.7 27 0
1997 Tor 6 60 10.0 39 1
Total 3 40 316 7.9 39 1

 

-- NFL --

 

 

Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1990 Det 30 13 164 43.3 1 2 33
1991 Det              
1992 Det 86 50 677 58.1 3 4 59
1993 Det 45 20 271 44.4 1 2 47
Total 3 161 83 1,112 51.6 5 8 59

 

Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1990 Det 7 64 9.1 30 0
1991 Det 4 6 1.5 10 0
1992 Det 20 124 6.2 32 0
1993 Det 7 23 3.3 8 0
Total 3 38 217 5.7 39 0