Andre Ware shattered 26 NCAA and 15 Southwest Conference passing and total offense records while at Houston. He finished the 1989 season with 4,299 passing yards and 46 touchdowns. In addition to winning the Davey O’Brien Award, Ware also won the Heisman Memorial Trophy, surpassing the statistics of the 14 previous winners by the eighth game of the season.
He was selected by the Detroit Lions as the seventh overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. After spending four seasons with the Lions, Ware played for the Los Angeles Raiders before moving to the CFL, where he spent three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.