Wounded Panthers Lure Vinny Out of Retirement

Testaverde will back up Carr in his 21st season
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2007 8:30 PM CDT
New England Patriots newly-acquired third team quarterback Vinny Testaverde smiles aftertalking to reporters while standing in front of his locker at the team's football facility in Foxborough, Mass.,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With Jake Delhomme out for the season—and his oft-sacked understudy David Carr feeling woozy—Carolina scrambled to shore up depth at quarterback, signing a 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde out of retirement. Testaverde won college football's Heisman trophy in 1986, the year that one of his new teammates, rookie receiver Dwyane Jarrett, was born.

Undrafted rookie Matt Moore, whose father is two years older than Testaverde, is the only other signal-caller on the Panthers roster. The Carolina offense is similar to the New England offense, in which Testaverde played last year. "He's a guy who takes extremely good care of himself," asserted Carolina's GM to the Charlotte Observer.