“Touchdown Tommy” starred for the Stanford Cardinal football squad in the early 90s before embarking on an NFL career that saw stops in Cleveland, Detroit and San Francisco. Vardell had two separate one-year stints with the Niners, in 1996 and 1999.The hard-nosed fullback was a stud blocker and was seen as the heir apparent to the Tom Rathman-William Floyd legacy, but alas, the Stanford alum was plagued by injuries throughout his career. He retired after the 1999 season, his professional career unable to equal his outstanding collegiate one.
Since retiring, Vardell–along with former Niners Steve Young, Brent Jones and Mark Harris–founded Northgate Capital, a multi-million dollar financial company. He is the Managing Director at the firm and happens to be a very religious fellow. He attributes his success to Jesus and in an interview with Biblewise, he describes his Pedro Cerrano-esque approach to the game:
It was an approach of competing with love and appreciation for your competitor. I took the verse from the Bible, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28), and used it in my prayers: “There is neither 49er nor Cowboy, Brown nor Steeler; ‘all are one in Christ Jesus.’”
Don’t discriminate against Steelers … Yes, Tommy, that is exactly how God Junior meant that to be interpreted. Because, you know, Jesus is a football fan.
Guest of the month – Tommy Vardell [Biblewise]