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Ty Detmer Won a Heisman Trophy, But Where is He Now?
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Ty Detmer was a superstar college football player when he played for the BYU Cougars.

In his four-year college career, he threw for 121 touchdowns, was a Heisman Trophy winner, and brought Provo’s team an endless supply of victories.

The QB went on to have a lengthy career in the NFL, but what has Detmer been up to in his post-retirement days?

Ty Detmer at Brigham Young University 

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Ty Detmer began his career at Southwest High School in San Antonio, Texas, and after graduation, he traveled to Utah to play under legendary football coach Lavell Edwards.

The Cougars were immensely successful while Detmer played on the team, and they reached bowl games in four straight seasons.

Detmer was named an All-American twice, and in his 1990 Heisman-winning season, he threw for 5,188 passing yards (an NCAA record at the time) and 41 touchdowns.

After his senior year at BYU, Detmer decided to play professionally.

Ty Detmer in the NFL

The Green Bay Packers drafted Ty Detmer in the ninth round of the 1992 NFL Draft, but he did not play often.

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His most notable contributions in the NFL came with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 19 games, one of which was in the playoffs, Detmer generated nine victories and threw 22 touchdowns.

Detmer started games with the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, and Detroit Lions as well, but never did much to rival his 1996 season. His last year on a roster was in 2005 with the Atlanta Falcons.

Ty Detmer Now

Today, Detmer is still involved with football, but it is on the sidelines as a coach. In 2010, he became the leader of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s football team, and after five years, he left Austin to join his alma mater again.

Detmer was the BYU quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator under head coach Kalani Sitake for three seasons. Unfortunately, Detmer was let go by the school’s athletic director due to poor on-field performance. Detmer didn’t get the chance to coach Zach Wilson, who led the Cougars to a victory over UCF in the Boca Raton Bowl in 2020.

Interestingly, Detmer did get to mentor someone important to him. His nephew, Koy Detmer Jr., walked onto the team in 2015.

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After his firing, Detmer moved to Arizona. He has been volunteering with Queen Creek Casteel High School since 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic limited workouts early in the year, but the Colts were able to play a full season.

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Ty Detmer was a great college football player who stuck around in the NFL for nearly 15 years. Despite all of that time dedicated to his craft, it is great to see that his passion for the game hasn’t let up one bit.

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Matt is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Sports Management. He is a passionate New York Yankees, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Vikings fan. He also has a podcast about minor league baseball called "On the Farm."
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