Charles Anthony Fusina was a victim of points in 1978.  Having received the greatest number of first-place votes for the Heisman Trophy that year, one could presume that he would be the winner - but an overwhelming number of second place votes went to Oklahoma RB Billy Sims, giving him more total points than Fusina, and therefore the Heisman as well.

A 5th round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1979, Flutie played three seasons as the back-up to Doug Williams, who later would join him in the USFL.  Fusina had been traded to the San Francisco 49'ers on August 30, 1982 and released a week later - not exactly giving him much of a chance to crack Bill Walsh's depth chart behind Joe Montana.

Signing with the Philadelphia Stars, Fusina expected to be playing for coach George Perles, but Perles left the team for his dream job at Michigan State, leaving the Stars scrambling for a head coach.  When the team picked Jim Mora to replace Perles, the die was cast - in three seasons with the Stars, Fusina threw for 10,051 yards and shepherded the team to all three USFL Championship Games, winning the league title in 1984 and 1985.

After his career in football ended, Fusina returned to the Pittsburgh area where he lives today, working as a medical supply sales representative.


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