Charlie Ward has excelled in more sports than Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders. This three sport talent has won a Heisman Trophy in college football, drafted by Major League Baseball, and played 12 years in the National Basketball League.
Before Charlie accomplished all that, he was the quarterback in a small Georgia town. Central of Thomasville High School, located in Thomasville, Georgia, later named their stadium after him.
With the leadership of Charlie Ward, Bobby Bowden finally won a College Football National Championship in 1993. The Florida State Seminoles, despite being upset by Notre Dame during the regular season, rebounded to beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers and win a title.
At the end of the 1993 college football season, Ward won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Davey O'Brien Award. Ward passed for 5,747 yards and rushed for 910 yards during two seasons as starting QB for the Seminoles. In his last season, Ward had a completion percentage of 69.5 to help his total statistics.
In basketball, Ward and the Seminoles made the elite eight in the NCAA tournament. He was the 26th overall pick in the NBA Draft and played point guard for the New York Knicks. Ward made the NBA Finals in 1999 with the help from a superstar, Patrick Ewing. Ward played 12 seasons in the NBA with one season a piece with the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets. His career NBA stats were 3,947 points, 2,539 assists, and a field goal percentage of 41 percent.
Even though Ward didn't accept being drafted in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs asked him to become the back up QB to Joe Montana. Ward declined on the offer and stayed in the NBA.
He was also drafted by the New York Yankees in the Major Baseball Draft, even without playing any baseball in college.
If all of this wasn't enough, Ward won the Arthur Ashe Amateur Tennis Tournament in 1994.
Charlie and I have a lot in common. We will do whatever it takes to get the hell out of Georgia.