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Collection: 1957 Births, All-American College Football Players, American Football Quarterbacks, American People of Italian Descent, Green Bay Packers Players, Living People, Maxwell Award Winners, Penn State Nittany Lions Football Players, People from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars Players, Players of American Football from Pennsylvania, Sportspeople from Pennsylvania, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Players
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Chuck Fusina

Charles Anthony Fusina (born May 31, 1957) is a former American college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and United States Football League (USFL) for seven seasons during the 1970s and 1980s. He played college football for Penn State University, and was recognized as an All-American. Fusina played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers of the NFL, and the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • Personal 4
  • Hall of Fame 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Fusina was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He played quarterback for the Pittsburgh area Sto-Rox High School in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, where his old football jersey is on display outside of the gymnasium.

College career

Fusina capped an outstanding career at Penn State by winning the 1978 Maxwell Award, All-America honors and finishing runner-up in the 1978 Heisman Trophy balloting. He led the Nittany Lions to a 29-3 mark as a starter, including an 11-0 regular season in 1978. He passed for 1,859 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Penn State in 1979. He also earned an MBA from La Salle University in 1988.

Professional career

At 6'1" 195-lb., Fusina was a 5th round draft pick (#133 overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1979 NFL Draft. He spent his first three professional seasons as back-up to Doug Williams. In 1983, he left for the fledgling USFL. Fusina signed with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars where he blossomed under coach Jim Mora. In his three seasons with the team, he passed for over 10,000 yards and led all USFL quarterbacks with 66 touchdowns and a QB rating of 88.6 and led the Stars to back-to-back USFL titles in 1984 and 1985. He was named MVP of the 1984 USFL Championship Game. When the league folded in August 1986, Fusina returned to the NFL for one season with the Green Bay Packers.


Fusina has been an instructor at the Purcell Quarterback School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his wife, Jacquelyn, and his children Matt and Shannon currently live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he is partner in a sporting goods business AD STARR.

Hall of Fame

In 2015 Fusina was elected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (PSHF) along with his head coach Joe Paterno and fellow teammate, kicker Matt Bahr.

External links

  • All-Time USFL Team
  • "Packers Sign Fusina" The New York Times, October 2, 1986.
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