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Charles Anthony Fusina (born May 31, 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker), is a former professional American football quarterback. He played in both the National Football League (NFL) and United States Football League (USFL) and was an All-American and Maxwell Award winner at Penn State Universitymarker in 1978.

Professional football

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 following the 1985 season, Fusina returned to the NFL for one season with the Green Bay Packers.

College highlights

Fusina capped an outstanding career at Penn Statemarker 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 Statemarker in 1979. He also earned an MBA from La Salle Universitymarker in 1988.

High school

Fusina played quarterback for the Pittsburgh area Sto-Rox High Schoolmarker in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvaniamarker, where his old football jersey is on display outside of the gymnasium.


Fusina has been an instructor at the Purcell Quarterback School in Charlotte, North Carolinamarker. He and his wife, Jacquelyn, and their one daughter Shannon and one son, Matt, currently live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker where he works in pharmaceutical sales. Chuck is also the godfather of his recently adopted son, Spencer Wheeler.

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