Ty Detmer attended Southwest High School in Texas where he earned letters in golf, football, basketball, baseball, and track.
During his senior year he won All-American honors in football and was also named the Texas Player of the Year. Detmer also won All-State honors in baseball and All-District in basketball.
During his attendance at Brigham Young University, Detmer was named Most Valuable Player of the 1988 Freedom Bowl and emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, passing for 4,560 yards and 32 touchdowns. He set NCAA records at a bowl game for most passing yards (576) and most yards of total offense (594).
His junior season in college ranks as one of the greatest seasons in college football history for a quarterback. He passed for 5,188 yards and 41 touchdowns, finishing the season with 42 NCAA records and tied for 5 others.
Detmer was awarded the Heisman Trophy and received many other honors including the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien Award. Detmer's final career statistics included: 1,530 pass attempts; 958 completions; 15,031 passing yards; 121 touchdown passes; 14,665 yards of total offense; each shattering NCAA records. Detmer finished his college career with 59 NCAA records and tied for three others.
Aside from his playing time for the Eagles and the 49'ers, Detmer spent three seasons with the Detroit Lions from 2001-2003. He set career highs with 50 attempts and 31 completions, finishing with 303 passing yards. He closed out the season with 242 yards and 2 touchdowns. During the 2004 and 2005 seasons Detmer played with the Atlanta Falcons.
Throughout his 14 total seasons in the NFL, Detmer has played in 54 games of which he has started in 25. He totals 6,351 yards passing with 34 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.