ATLANTA -- A famous Gator is overcoming a health crisis to focus on transforming neighborhoods in Bulldog country.
Danny Wuerffel, former Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, moved to Atlanta four years ago as CEO of the nonprofit Desire Street Ministries.
"I felt the Lord leading us here," Wuerffel told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie. "I couldn't be more thankful to be in a city where so many people have reached out to be part of what we're doing."
Wuerffel joined Desire Street when he played for the New Orleans Saints.
It was founded in the 9th Ward as a way to transform inner-city neighborhoods.
In Atlanta, there are many success stories, including the SummerHill Community Ministries.
"We have started and helped start churches, after-school programs, schools, medical clinics, housing," Wuerffel said.
The list was growing when the game suddenly changed for Wuerffel.
In June of 2011, the football star was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or GBS. It's an auto-immune disorder that attacks the nervous system.
"There were moments when I wondered if my breathing was stopping. It was really difficult," he said. "After that initial jarring of my body and partial paralysis, there were long-term limitations with energy, even up until today."
But Wuerffel said it forced him to focus his energy on his family and his mission.
He'll use the Florida-Georgia football weekend to raise money for Desire Street.
He's hosting a big golf tournament in Jacksonville.
It's a Florida-Georgia Ryder-Cup style tournament with Herschel Walker playing for the Georgia team.