Chuck Fusina
No. 14, 4
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1957-05-31) May 31, 1957 (age 66)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Sto-Rox
(McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania)
College:Penn State (1975–1978)
NFL draft:1979 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing attempts:37
Passing completions:22
Completion percentage:59.5%
TDINT:1–2
Passing yards:198
Passer rating:60.4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Charles Anthony Fusina (born May 31, 1957) is an American former football quarterback who played for seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and United States Football League (USFL) from 1979 to 1986. He played college football for the Penn State Nittany Lions, and was recognized as an All-American. Fusina played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers of the NFL, and the Philadelphia / Baltimore Stars of the USFL.

Early years

Fusina was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He played quarterback for the Pittsburgh area Sto-Rox High School in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, where his old football jersey is on display outside of the gymnasium.

College career

Fusina capped an outstanding career at Penn State by winning the 1978 Maxwell Award, All-America honors, and was the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He led the Nittany Lions to a 29–3 (.906) mark as a starter, including an 11–0 regular season in 1978.[1] He passed for 1,859 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Fusina earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Penn State in 1979. He also earned an MBA from La Salle University in 1988.

College statistics

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NCAA record
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Bold Career high
Penn State Nittany Lions
Season Team GP Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
1975 Penn State 3 4 9 44.4 42 0 1 61.4 8 37 4.6 0
1976 Penn State 11 88 167 52.7 1,260 11 10 125.8 31 -88 -2.8 3
1977 Penn State 11 142 246 57.7 2,221 15 9 146.4 29 -53 -1.8 1
1978 Penn State 11 137 242 56.6 1,859 11 12 126.2 51 -116 -2.3 2
Career[2] 36 371 664 55.9 5,382 37 32 132.7 119 -220 -1.8 6

* Includes bowl games.

Professional career

At 6'1" 195-lb., Fusina was a 5th round draft pick (#133 overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1979 NFL Draft. He spent his first three professional seasons as back-up to Doug Williams. In 1983, he left for the fledgling USFL. Fusina signed with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars where he blossomed under coach Jim Mora. In his three seasons with the team, he passed for over 10,000 yards and led all USFL quarterbacks with 66 touchdowns and a QB rating of 88.6 and led the Stars to back-to-back USFL titles in 1984 and 1985. He was named MVP of the 1984 USFL Championship Game. When the league folded in August 1986, Fusina returned to the NFL for one season with the Green Bay Packers.

Regular season

Year Team Games Passing
GP Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg
1983 Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars 18 15–3 238 421 56.5 2,718 6.5 15 10 78.1
1984 Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars 18 16–2 302 465 64.9 3,837 8.3 31 9 104.7
1985 Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars 18 10–7-1 303 496 61.1 3,496 7.0 20 14 84.0
Career 54 41-12-1 843 1,382 61.0 10,051 7.3 66 33

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Personal life

Fusina has been an instructor at the Gus Purcell Quarterback School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his wife, Jacquelyn live in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and his children Matt and Shannon currently live in Washington, DC.

Hall of Fame

In 2015 Fusina was elected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (PSHF) along with his head coach Joe Paterno and teammate, kicker Matt Bahr.

References

  1. ^ Underwood, John (November 13, 1978). "A Lionized Defense". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  2. ^ "Chuck Fusina college statistics". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.usflsite.com/players/Chuck_Fusina/p-fusinchu001