Winning the Heisman doesn't mean NFL success
Seventy-seven players have won a Heisman Trophy. Fifteen of those players have never played one game in the NFL, including the first Heisman Trophy winner, Jay Berwanger. Fifteen Heisman winners went undrafted in the NFL, most recently 2003 Heisman winner, Jason White of Oklahoma.
As a running back at Ohio State, Archie Griffin became the only player to win the Heisman Trophy twice. Heisman winner Tim Tebow’s 12 NFL rushing touchdowns are nearly twice as many as Griffin’s 7, and Heisman winner Mark Ingram’s 17 rushing touchdowns are more than twice as many Griffin’s 7. Charles Woodson, a defensive player, has scored more NFL touchdowns (11 interception return touchdowns, 2 fumble return touchdowns) than Griffin. 19 Heisman Trophy winners had more career rushing yards than Griffin’s total of 2,808 in the NFL, including Ron Dayne (3,722).
Some Heisman winners found Super success
Heisman Trophy winners have combined for nine Super Bowl wins. Jim Plunkett and Roger Staubach are the only Heisman Trophy winners to win multiple Super Bowls (two apiece).
Winning in the NFL is rare for Heisman QBs
Since 1950, 27 quarterbacks have been selected as the Heisman Trophy winner. Of those 27, only 20 started at quarterback in at least one NFL game. Among those 20, only four quarterbacks have a winning record in the NFL (regular season). Robert Griffin III is the only Heisman winner with a career passer rating over 90 in the NFL (90.8). Since 1950, the combined NFL winning percentage for quarterbacks who won the Heisman Trophy is under .500 (480-501-4, .489).
Heisman winners on the field together
Five teams in NFL history have featured three Heisman Trophy winners on the same roster, and four of those teams were the Raiders. The 1988, 1989 and 1990 Los Angeles Raiders featured Marcus Allen, Tim Brown and Bo Jackson. The 1998 Oakland Raiders featured Tim Brown, Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson. The only non-Raiders team to contain three Heisman winners was the 1970 Chiefs, with Billy Cannon, Mike Garrett and John Huarte. Despite the Raiders collecting Heisman winners, just seven games in NFL history featured four Heisman Trophy winners. The last was Week 15 in 1998, when the Raiders met the Bills. 1984 Heisman winner Doug Flutie quarterbacked the Bills to a 44-21 victory over that Raiders team that featured Brown, Howard and Woodson.
A real Pro
How many Pro Bowl selections did former Heisman Trophy winners receive? 105. Barry Sanders leads the way with 10.
Heisman winners a hit in sports other than football
Three Heisman Trophy winners played a professional team sport other than football. Vic Janowicz and Bo Jackson played Major League Baseball, and Charlie Ward played in the NBA. Another Heisman winner, Herschel Walker, competed for the U.S. on the 1992 Olympic bobsled team and more recently competed in MMA, where he has a 2-0 record.
Testaverde tops among passers
Which Heisman Trophy winner had the most career passing yards in the NFL? Not Roger Staubach (fourth), Jim Plunkett (third) or Carson Palmer (second). It's Vinny Testaverde, who had 46,233 passing yards -- ninth-most in NFL history -- over the course of 21 seasons.
64 years and counting
Only two times in NFL history has a former Heisman Trophy winner led the NFL in passing yards, but it hasn't happened since 1950. Davey O'Brien (1939) and Johnny Lujack (1949) are the only Heisman winners to do it.
Although a Heisman winner has not led the league in passing since 1950, a Heisman winner has led the NFL in rushing yards 16 times. Eight running backs have combined for 16 NFL rushing titles.
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