Charlie Ward Bio

Heisman Trophy Winner and New York Knicks fan favorite

The most decorated player in the history of college football, Charlie Ward won literally every award he was eligible for as a senior quarterback on Florida State’s 1993 National Championship team. In addition, Ward was the sparkplug on three Seminole NCAA Tournament basketball teams.

A native of nearby Thomasville, Ga., Ward became Florida State’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 1993 after completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,032 yards with 27 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also won the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards and was named Walter Camp Player of the Year and Toyota Leader of the Year.

He ended his college football career at FSU passing for 5,747 yards, 62.3% completion percentage, with 49 passing touchdowns, 10 rushing touchdowns and 910 rushing yards.

On the basketball court, Ward pushed the Seminoles to the brink of the 1993 Final Four, falling one game shy. He also started on FSU’s Sweet 16 team in 1992 and hit the game-winning shot in its Metro Conference Tournament Championship game win over Louisville in 1991. He finished his basketball career at FSU with 740 points, 396 assists and 238 steals.

Charlie Ward was selected in the 1st round (26th overall) in the 1994 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. To this day, Ward is the only Heisman Trophy winner to play in the NBA.

He became a fan favorite in New York for his hard work ethic and unselfish play. During his NBA career, Ward established himself as a good three-point shooter, a reliable ball distributor, and a respected floor leader. He soon helped the Knicks reach the 1999 NBA Finals before falling to the San Antonio Spurs. Ward was traded to the Phoenix Suns in February 2004 as part of the blockbuster trade that brought Stephon Marbury. After maintaining relatively good health over his first decade in the league, injuries caused Ward to miss most of the 2004–05 season. Because of his injuries Ward retired.

In his 12 NBA seasons, Charlie played 630 games scoring 3,947 points, dishing out 2,539 assists and had a total of 1,648 rebounds. 

Off the court, Ward became known for his extensive charitable work through groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2011, at the NCAA Final Four, Ward received the John Wooden Keys to Life award given for continued excellence and integrity on and off the court. Ward established The aWard Foundation to enhance the lives of young people through sports-based mentoring and educational programs.


Special Opportunity to Meet Charlie Ward.

We will be having a Pre-Dinner "Photo Op" session with Charlie.  This includes an autographed photo of Charlie, have an opportunity have your photo taken with him and have a brief opportunity to talk with him. The Photo Op will be taking place before the start of dinner service from 6:30pm to 7:30pm (You will be assigned a time slot).   If you would like to participate in this Photo Op session, we request a $100 donation per person.  A few days after the session you will receive a jpeg via email of your photo with Charlie.  Space is limited to 40 people on a first come first serve basis.  You must have tickets for the dinner in order to participate.

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