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Dan Persa
Dan Persa
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Persa before the first game of the 2011 season for Northwestern.
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Personal information
Born: (1988-11-20) November 20, 1988 (age 31)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Bethlehem (PA) Liberty
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team Coaches' All-Big Ten honors (2010)

Daniel Vaughn "Dan" Persa (born November 20, 1988) is a former American college football quarterback who played for the Northwestern Wildcats. He attended Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40? Commit date
Dan Persa
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Liberty High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 4.58
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 71 (QB)   Rivals: 22 (QB), 33 (PA)
  • ? Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2006 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved .

Persa committed to Northwestern University on June 23, 2006.[1] He chose Northwestern over football scholarships from the University of Akron, the University of Connecticut, Temple University, and the West Virginia University.[2]

College career


Persa became Northwestern's starting quarterback in 2010 following Mike Kafka's graduation. In the season-opener against Vanderbilt, Persa went 19-for-21 and passed for three touchdowns. In week 2 against the Illinois State Redbirds, Persa went 19-for-23 and passed for 240 yards and two touchdowns.[3]

On November 13 against the Iowa Hawkeyes, Persa went 32-for-43 for 318 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. After throwing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Fields to win the game in the fourth quarter, Persa suffered an Achilles tendon rupture that required season-ending surgery to repair the injury. Evan Watkins replaced him at quarterback for the remainder of the season.[4] Persa finished the season with 2,581 passing yards and 15 touchdowns.[5]

In the 2010 season Persa set the Big Ten single-season record for completion percentage at 73.5%.[6]


Northwestern started a campaign for Persa for the Heisman Trophy before the 2011 season by promoting the slogan "Persa Strong" on billboards in Bristol, Connecticut, and Chicago. Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com had called Persa the strongest quarterback in the country.[7] Persa bench pressed 365 pounds (166 kg), squatted 520 pounds (240 kg), and hang cleaned 315 pounds (143 kg).[8]

He sat out the 2011 season-opener against Boston College on September 3, with Kain Colter starting in his place.[9] Northwestern took Persa's Heisman billboards down on September 9; the University said that the billboard campaign was scheduled to end after one month and it had nothing to do with his injury.[10] He missed the next two games of the season, and, as a result of the injury, stayed in the passing pocket more than he did in 2010.[11] Following the season he participated in the 2012 East-West Shrine Game on January 21, 2012.[11]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft  in
(1.81 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
8 ft 11 in
(2.72 m)
All values from Northwestern Pro Day on March 8, 2012.[12]

After going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, Persa received a tryout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the team's rookie mini-camp in May 2012.[11] He injured his ankle during a practice, and the Indianapolis Colts medical team that examined him also diagnosed him with a second Achilles tear that required surgery.[11] The surgery prevented him from playing in 2012.[11]


  1. ^ "Dan Persa". Rivals.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Dan Persa". Scout.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Hine, Chris (September 11, 2010). "Persa excellent again in NU's 37-3 victory". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (November 13, 2010). "QB Dan Persa done for season". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Powers, Scott (July 29, 2011). "Persa gains mental toughness from injury". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "#7 Dan Persa". Northwestern University Athletics. August 26, 2011. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (July 30, 2011). "'Persa Strong' billboards in Chicago, Bristol for NU QB". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (August 23, 2011). "Dan Persa is Northwestern's iron man". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (September 3, 2011). "Dan Persa to sit against BC". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "NU replaces Persa's Heisman billboard". Chicago Tribune. September 9, 2011. Retrieved .
  11. ^ a b c d e Wogenrich, Mark (June 2, 2012). "Another injury, another surgery and another comeback for Persa". mcall.com. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Dan Persa, DS #30 QB, Northwestern". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved .

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