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Heisman Trophy Winners

A Complete List of All Heisman Trophy Winners in College Football History

By Loot, College Football Handicapper, Lootmeister.com

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, also known in most circles as simply the “Heisman Trophy,” is annually given to the best player in college football. Candidates must not only exhibit fine play on the field, but must also embody the virtues of perseverance, hard work, and diligence. The Heisman is named after John Heisman, the former president of the Downtown Athletic Club and a former college gridiron player. It was originally meant to be an MVP award given to the best football player in the east. When Heisman passed away in 1936, the award then took his name, with candidates for the award spanning the entire country. In its first year, in 1935, it was called the Downtown Athletic Trophy Award. Here are all the Heisman Trophy winners since 1935 and why they won college football’s most-coveted award:

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2016: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
The sophomore Jackson was able to lift a Louisville team to nation prominence in 2016 on the strength of one of perhaps the best dual-threat season of any quarterback in history. Jackson threw for 3390 yards and 30 touchdowns, while also posting 1538 rushing yards with 21 touchdowns on the ground. For one player to put up the totals of a solid quarterback and a top-flight running back in the same season is pretty amazing and good enough to earn Jackson the cherished award.

2015: Derrick Henry, Running Back, Alabama
Henry was a major part of a big season for the Crimson tide in 2015. At times, he was nearly untoppable, as he set the SEC single-season rushing record, breaking Herschel Walker's record with 1986 run yards with 23 total touchdowns. He was a workhorse all season, surpassing 189 yards on the ground five times, including a 271-yard performance against Auburn. The 6'3" 242-pound standout earned 378 first-place votes.

2014: Marcus Mariota, Quarterback, Oregon
Mariota was on fire in 2014, making easy work out of a tough Pac-12 Conference. His presence under center was a humongous part of his team’s success. His statistics were eye-popping, with 38 touchdowns through the air, along with 3783 yards. He also ran for 14 touchdowns and caught a TD reception. And only 2 of his 372 pass attempts were caught by the opposing team. It was a season for the ages and one of the biggest landslide wins in Heisman history.

2013: Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Florida State
Many thought Winston would be good, as the big freshman obviously had talent, but he surpassed everyone’s expectations. leading Florida State to a BCS National Championship, while throwing for over 4000 yards and 40 touchdowns.

2012: Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M
He threw for over 3700 yards and ran for more than 1400 yards, as Manziel was clearly the most-compelling player on the field, making Texas A&M a scary team to play while just a freshman. All told, Manziel scored 47 touchdowns--26 through the air and 21 on the ground.

2011: Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Baylor
A huge year for the Baylor quarterback. He threw for 37 touchdowns and ran for 10 more. The precise and electric RG3 completed over 72% of his passes and was always a threat with his legs. Griffin, III made Baylor must-watch TV.

2010: Cam Newton, Quarterback, Auburn
Newton used his extreme talent to steward Auburn to a 14-0 record and a national championship while scoring 50 touchdowns, with 30 passing TDs and 20 more on the ground. Newton showed a steely attitude and toughness in shredding SEC defenses and standing out as the cream of the crop of all college players in 2010.

2009: Mark Ingram, Running Back, Alabama
With quarterbacks becoming an automatic Heisman choice, Ingram temporarily broke the pattern with a big season for the National champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Ingram ran for 1658 yards and scored 17 rushing touchdowns, while catching 32 passes for 3 receiving touchdowns.

2008: Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma
It was hard to ignore such a prolific season of passing, with Bradford throwing for 4720 yards and a mind-blowing 50 touchdowns in 14 games. The future number-one pick led Oklahoma to a 12-2 record, establishing himself as one of the more prolific passers in college history.

2007: Tim Tebow, Quarterback, Florida
Tebow combined for 55 touchdowns--32 passing and 23 more on the ground. The sophomore would win the BCS Championship the following year, but 2007 was his best statistical season, as Tebow was dominant and compelling.

2006: Troy Smith, Quarterback, Ohio State
The Buckeyes quarterback may not have gone on to successful pro career, but he was great in 2006, leading Ohio State to a 12-1 record. He threw for 30 touchdowns and threw only 6 picks in 311 pass attempts.

2005: Reggie Bush, Running Back, USC
While NCAA sanctions have removed Bush’s names from the record books, he did in fact win the Heisman, despite what findings the NCAA may have later made. Bush was the most electric player in college football and ran for 1740 yards in just 200 attempts, while catching 37 passes--combining for 20 touchdowns, while also being a threat on returns.

2004: Matt Leinart, Quarterback, USC
Leinart led USC to an 13-0 and the national championship in 2004. The stats only told part of the story, with Leinart throwing for 33 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions. Again, NCAA sanctions affected this team, with two wins taken off their record for violations. Leinart would pass on a high draft pick to come back the following season.

2003: Jason White, Quarterback, Oklahoma
Oklahoma went on to have a 12-2 record in 2003, due in large part to the exemplary play of quarterback Jason White. Though already forgotten, White threw for 3846 yards with 40 touchdown passes.

2002: Carson Palmer, Quarterback, USC
Beginning a string of 3 USC players winning in 4 years, this was Palmer’s year to shine, as the Trojans field general led his team to an 11-2 record. Palmer threw for almost 4000 yards, while completing 33 touchdown passes--good enough to become the first Trojans player to win the Heisman since Marcus Allen did it over 20 years before.

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2001: Eric Crouch, Quarterback, Nebraska
A critical part of the Cornhuskers’ success from this period, Crouch’s passing stats were dismal, but he made up for it with his legs, rushing for 18 touchdowns on over 1000 yards rushing. In 4 years at Nebraska, Crouch rushed for 59 touchdowns.

2000: Chris Weinke, Quarterback, Florida State
A year after winning the national championship, Weinke earned the ultimate persona honor in 2000, bringing home the Heisman on the strength of a 4167-yard season, including 33 touchdowns. Weinke became the oldest man to win the trophy at age 28.

1999: Ron Dayne, Running Back, Wisconsin
Dayne had 4 big years at Wisconsin, but 1999 stood out as perhaps his best, with 2034 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns. He also won his second straight Rose Bowl MVP after a 200-yard performance. Dayne was a key part of some of Wisconsin’s best years.

1998: Ricky Williams, Running Back, Texas
Williams was one of the great workhorses in college history. He ran the ball 361 times in 11 games for 2124 yards and an incredible 27 rushing touchdowns. He dominated Big 12 defenses, becoming one of the more dominant forces in conference history.

1997: Charles Woodson, Cornerback, Michigan
A rarity--a defensive player who won the Heisman Trophy. Woodson was good enough to break the mold, even though he did see some play at wide receiver and as a punt receiver. What he excelled at was at being a great defensive back, as he would later make the Pro Bowl 8 times.

1996: Danny Wuerffel, Quarterback, Florida
Wuerffel led his Gators to a national championship, with his quarterback play being a major ingredient to the team’s success. Wuerffel set SEC passing records and in ’96, threw for 3625 yards and 39 touchdowns.

1995: Eddie George, Running Back, Ohio State
George would later go on to forge a great NFL career. Before that, he starred for Ohio State and his senior year, ran for 1927 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also catching 47 balls. At the time, this was the closest-ever Heisman voting, with George narrowly beating Nebraska QB Tommie Frazier.

1994: Rashaan Salaam, Running Back, Colorado
One of the more bruising backs of the time, Salaam was one of many San Diego-based backs to excel in the college ranks. In ’94, Salaam ran for 2055 yards and 24 touchdowns, while leading Colorado to an 11-1 mark and a win in the Fiesta Bowl.

1993: Charlie Ward, Quarterback, Florida State
Ward led Florida State the national championship with a 12-1 record. Ward was one of the best athletes seen at the college ranks ever. In ’93, he completed almost 70% of his passes for over 300 yards and 27 touchdowns while throwing only 4 interceptions in 380 attempts. Also drafted by the MLB, Ward ended up playing 12 years in the NBA.

1992: Gino Torretta, Quarterback, Miami
A choice that still ruffles some feathers, with many feeling the award should have gone to Marshall Faulk. Still, the Hurricanes won 26 of 27 games with Torretta at the helm. In 1992, he threw for over 3000 yards and led Miami to the national championship game.

1991: Desmond Howard, Wide Receiver, Michigan
Howard, the future Super Bowl MVP, caught 61 balls for the Wolverines in ’91, 19 of them for touchdowns. Meanwhile, he scored 4 more touchdowns as a back and returner. One of the more explosive offensive talents ever seen in the Big Ten.

1990: Ty Detmer BYU
Broke a slew of NCAA passing records and though he failed to follow in the footsteps of other great BYU signal-callers like Steve Young and Jim McMahon, he was a handful and in just 12 games, threw for 5188 yards and 41 touchdowns. In upending number-one Miami, Detmer threw for 406 yards.

1989: Andre Ware, Quarterback, Houston
With 46 touchdowns and 4699 passing yards, Ware was the perfect quarterback for the high-flying Houston Cougars, leading his team to a 9-2 record. Ware never panned out in the NFL, but in college, led a high-wire circus act that was one of the funnest offenses to watch.

1988: Barry Sanders, Running Back, Oklahoma State
Virtually unstoppable, Sanders served notice to what lied ahead in 1988, with one of the finest seasons ever recorded by a football player. He led the Cowboys to a 10-2 record, with a 2628 yards on the ground, an insane 7.6 average, and an even more eye-popping 37 touchdowns.

1987: Tim Brown, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame
The most electrifying player in college ball in 1988, Brown averaged over 20 yards a reception, was a constant threat on reverses, and a deadly punt returner who returned 3 punts for touchdowns, with a slew of other great returns. He would go on to have a great career in the NFL.

1986: Vinny Testaverde, Quarterback, Miami
This was during some of the better Miami years, with the ‘Canes compiling an 11-1 record and were nearly unstoppable during Testaverde’s two years as a starter. The future NFL mainstay threw for 26 touchdowns and though he went out on a bad note after being upset in the national championship game against Penn State, he will be remembered as a winner by faithful Miami fans.

1985: Bo Jackson, Running Back, Auburn
One of the greatest athletes of all-time, Jackson was a very special running back--a man amongst boys during his tenure at Auburn. Jackson ran for 1786 yards and 17 touchdowns, offering a glimpse of the electric play he would later show in the NFL.

1984: Doug Flutie, Quarterback, Boston College
Though short in stature, his winning spirit suggested a giant, with his incredible late-game theatrics and booming arm that belied his lack of size. Flutie led B.C. to a 10-2 record, while throwing for 3634 yards and 30 touchdowns.

1983: Mike Rozier, Running Back, Nebraska
Rozier became the 11th consecutive running back to win the Heisman and may have been one of the better ones of the lot after one of the great performances in college history. He ran for 2148 yards and 29 touchdowns, averaging a ridiculous 7.8 yards per carry and was a huge part of Nebraska’s 12-1 season.

1982: Herschel Walker, Running Back, Georgia
in ’82, Walker has a year that was a lot like his first two seasons as a Bulldog. This season, Walker led his team to a 11-1 record, while rushing for 1752 yards and 16 touchdowns, clearly the class of college football as a running back.

1981: Marcus Allen, Running Back USC
One of the great all-time Trojans, Allen was unstoppable and ran roughshod over Pac-10 defenses, while leading USC to a 9-3 mark. He averaged over 200 yards per game, compiling 2427 yards and 22 touchdowns. The workhorse ran the ball an incredible 433 times in just 12 games. A great NFL career would await.

1980: George Rogers, Running Back, South Carolina
The eventual number-one pick in the NFL draft, Rogers had a phenomenal 1980 campaign, leading all college runners with 1781 yards, adding 14 touchdowns as he led South Carolina to an 8-4 mark.

1979: Charles White, Running Back, USC
Another in a long line of running back stars out of USC, White led the way for USC to have an undefeated record with 2050 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. It was the second straight season White led the college ranks in rushing yards.

1978: Billy Sims, Running Back, Oklahoma
The future Detroit Lions star made a big impact with the Sooners, as Oklahoma had an 11-1 record in ’78, largely on the strength of Sims’ dominating campaign. Sims ran for 1762 yards with 20 touchdowns and a 7.6 yards per rush average.

1977: Earl Campbell, Running Back, Texas
One of the more bruising and punishing backs of all-time, Campbell was a handful. Texas used Campbell’s dominant play to forge an 11-1 record. Campbell scored 18 touchdowns on 1744 yards rushing.

1976: Tony Dorsett, Running Back, Pittsburgh
The future Dallas Cowboys star was a terrific college player and a big part of Pittsburgh’s undefeated national championship season. Dorsett carried the ball a remarkable 370 times, compiling 2150 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns.

1975: Archie Griffin, Running Back, Ohio State
The first and only player to win consecutive and multiple Heisman Trophies, Griffin was a key part of these Woody Hayes-led great Ohio State teams. Griffin compiled 1450 yards rushing with only 4 touchdowns, but was a leader and one of the top players in the country.

1974: Archie Griffin, Running Back, Ohio State
In winning his first of two Heisman Trophies, Griffin had his best year as a Buckeye in ’74, leading the nation with 1695 yards, while adding 12 rushing touchdowns. His contributions were invaluable to this Buckeyes team.

1973: John Cappelletti, Running Back, Penn State
Joe Paterno said the big back was the best player he ever coached. Prior to a 10-year NFL career, Cappelletti starred for the Nittany Lions. In 1973, he helped Penn State to an unbeaten mark, running for 1522 yards and 17 touchdowns. His touching relationship with his younger brother, Joey, who died of leukemia in 1976, was later made into a movie. In a game against West Virginia, Cappelletti’s brother asked him to score 4 touchdowns and he obliged his brother’s wish.

1972: Johnny Rodgers, Wide Receiver, Nebraska
Rodgers caught 58 balls for over 1000 yards, while rushing for 10 more touchdowns in his 1972 Heisman campaign. Rodgers was a critical part of some great Huskers teams from this period, including their 13-0 championship year in ’71. Rodgers overcame a felony conviction for robbery in his freshman year and was always at his best in the biggest games.

1971: Pat Sullivan, Quarterback, Auburn
Sullivan led the Tigers to a 9-2 season on the strength of his arm and legs. In ’71, Sullivan threw for 21 touchdowns and later served as TCU’s head coach, where he helped recruit LaDainian Tomlinson. He edged out Ed Marinaro for the award.

1970: Jim Plunkett, Quarterback, Stanford
The future NFL Cinderella story was one of the greatest quarterbacks in Pac-10 history, as he captained the Cardinal to a 9-3 record. Plunkett nearly threw for 3000 yards, which was a huge total for the times. He threw for 19 touchdowns and ran for 3 more. To cap off his career, he led his team to their first Rose Bowl win in 20 years by beating the favored Ohio State Buckeyes.

1969: Steve Owens, Running Back Oklahoma
One of the best in a long line of great Sooners running backs, Owens was electric in 1969. In just ten games, he carried the ball a mind-blowing 358 times, scoring on the ground 23 times. In 3 seasons with the Sooners, he scored 57 touchdowns.

1968: O.J. Simpson, Running Back, USC
One of the all-time great running backs in both the college and pro ranks, Simpson was the key to the Trojans going 11-1-1. For the second straight season, he led the nation in carries and yards on the ground. In ’68, he ran for 1880 yards and 23 touchdowns in 11 games. The previous season, Simpson came in second in the Heisman voting.

1967: Gary Beban, Quarterback, UCLA
One of the more unpopular Heisman choices, Beban was nonetheless a fine player. Beban’s stats are not mind-blowing, especially when held to modern standards. Beban threw for 1359 yards, with 8 touchdowns and 7 picks. He also ran for 11 touchdowns and had a total of 58 total touchdowns in 3 seasons as Bruins’ starter.

1966: Steve Spurrier, Quarterback, Florida
One of the biggest names in college football as a coach, Spurrier’s career started as a terrific quarterback for the team he would later coach. Spurrier threw only 8 picks in 291 attempts, while passing for 16 touchdowns and over 2000 yards, as he carried the Gators to a 9-2 mark.

1965: Mike Garrett, Running Back, USC
Another in seemingly an endless line of great USC running backs, Garrett ran for 1440 yards and 13 touchdowns. One of the classier players, Garrett later became the athletic director for USC for 18 seasons and also played in the NFL for 8 seasons. In his Heisman-winning season, Garrett led the nation in rushing.

1964: John Huarte, Quarterback, Notre Dame
Huarte helped the Fighting irish get to a 9-1 record, as the steely field general threw for over 2000 yards (a big deal at the time) with 16 touchdown passes and 3 more touchdowns rushing. And he only threw 205 passes, meaning he made it count. He later played for the Jets, Patriots, Eagles, Chiefs, and Bears.

1963: Roger Staubach, Quarterback, Navy
The future hero for the Dallas Cowboys was a terrific college player. He led Navy to a 9-2 record. The future NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl hero threw for 1702 yards and threw in 9 rushing touchdowns for good measure. With military commitments. the ’63 Heisman winner wouldn’t see his first NFL snap until 1969.

1962: Terry Baker, Quarterback, Oregon State
The state of Oregon got their first and only Heisman winner with Beavers signal-caller Terry Baker leading the team to a 9-2 record. Baker threw for 1738 yards with 15 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. He also added 9 rushing touchdowns. In 1962, Baker became the only person to this date to win the Heisman and play in the NCAA Final Four in the same season.

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1961: Ernie Davis, Running Back, Syracuse
The hard-hitting back scored a total of 14 touchdowns. Considered one of the finest people for everyone who knew him, Davis would tragically pass away from Leukemia at the age of 23. He was also the first pick in the 1962 NFL draft, but never played in the league. He will be remembered for his undying grace and class.

1960: Joe Bellino, Halfback, Navy
The multi-dimensional Bellino had a great year in 1960, doing seemingly everything well. He ran for 834 yards, caught three touchdown passes, returned kicks and punts, and averaged an amazing 47.1 yards per punt.

1959: Billy Cannon, Running Back, LSU
Cannon led the Tigers to a 9-2 record and was known as a great all-around athlete. His role in a counterfeiting scheme led to his induction to the College Football Hall of Fame being rescinded. He ran the 40 at a reported 4.12. The previous season, Cannon led the Tigers to their first national championship.

1958: Peter Dawkins, Running Back, Army
Dawkins ran for 428 games and caught 6 touchdown receptions. He had a robust 491 yards passing in 9 games on only 16 receptions, averaging over 30 yards per catch. Dawkins later became a brigadier general. The former Rhodes scholar later became a CEO of Primerica.

1957: John David Crow, Running Back Texas A&M
Despite a bad finish to the season, Crow took the Aggies to the number-one ranking after starting off 8-0. He rushed for 562 yards with 6 touchdowns. He threw for 5 passing touchdowns and caught two more. To top it off, he intercepted 5 passes. He later made the Pro Bowl 4 times as a member of the Cardinals and 49ers.

1956: Paul Hornung, Quarterback, Notre Dame
The future NFL hero for the Packers won the Heisman, despite the Fighting Irish having one of their worst seasons at 2-8. Hornung ran for 6 touchdowns at a time when judging quarterbacks was a bit different. No one questions whether Hornung was a good college player. It’s still hard nowadays to imagine a QB winning the Heisman after throwing for 3 touchdowns and 13 picks with under 1000 yards passing.

1955: Howard Cassady, Halfback, Ohio State
Cassady set many Ohio State records that remained intact for decades. Cassady scored 37 touchdowns in his career. More impressive is that a pass was never completed on him in 4 years as a defensive back. The previous season, Cassady led Ohio State to the championship and a 10-0 record.

1954: Alan Ameche, Fullback Wisconsin
The future Baltimore Colts star was one of the all-time great Badgers. He set a career rushing record with 3212 rushing yards and also played linebacker. He helped Wisconsin to a 7-2 record in 1954.

1953: John Lattner, Halfback, Notre Dame
Lattner was a key part of Notre Dame’s unbeaten 1953 campaign. Lattner was a typical jack-of-all-trades, shining as a running back, receiver, defensive back, and returner. In 1953, he scored 11 touchdowns, picked off 4 passes, and scored a touchdown on 40% of his kick returns.

1952: Billy Vessels, Running Back, Oklahoma
The first of five Oklahoma Sooners players to win the Heisman Trophy. In 1950, he scored 15 touchdowns to lead Oklahoma to the national championship. In 1952, he ran for 1072 yards and 17 touchdowns--mind-blowing stats for the time.

1951: Dick Kazmaier, Running Back, Princeton
The Princeton quarterback was a threat with both his arm and legs. Kazmaier completed only 77 passes in 1951, but 13 were for touchdowns. He also ran for 861 yards and scored 9 touchdowns on the ground. Princeton was 9-0 under Kazmaier’s stewardship.

1950: Vic Janowicz, Running Back, Ohio State
Janowicz could run the pall, pass the ball, return punts and kicks, kick, and play safety--making him an all-around threat for the Buckeyes. Would later play baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates and professional football with the Washington Redskins, but an injury in a car accident ended his athletic career in 1956.

1949: Leon Hart, Tight End/Defensive End, Notre Dame
He may have only caught 5 touchdown passes, but shined on both sides of the ball and was a key part of yet another top Notre Dame team.The first pick in the NFL draft, Hart later became a key part of some great Detroit Lions teams.

1948: Doak Walker, Running Back, SMU
A giant in the annals of college football, Doak Walker’s name lives on today. Walker scored 8 touchdowns for SMU and led the team to respectability. Walker later starred for the Detroit Lions, leading them to back-to-back championships.

1947: John Lujack, Quarterback, Notre Dame
On the heels of a 9-0 record for the Fighting Irish, Lujack won the award, later playing for the Chicago Bears for 4 seasons, setting a single season rushing touchdowns record for quarterbacks that stood for over 25 seasons.

1946: Glenn Davis, Running Back, Army
With 712 yards on the ground, it was Davis’ year to shine. Without the previous season’s Heisman winner on the team, the responsibility fell on Davis, who had another fine season for a top-notch Army team.

1945: Felix Blanchard, Fullback, Army
The hard-nosed Blanchard had eye-popping numbers, even for the times, with 101 rushes for 722 yards and 16 touchdowns. He and the following season’s winner Glenn Davis made for one of the best 1-2 punches at running back in college history.

1944: Les Horvath, Quarterback/Halfback Ohio State
With 1200 all-purpose yards, Horvath led the Buckeyes to a 9-0 record, which was good for second in the country. Horvath would be the first, but certainly not the last, member of the Buckeyes to win the Heisman.

1943: Angelo Bertelli, Quarterback, Notre Dame
Bertelli led a dominant Notre Dame team in 1943, winning the award despite playing only 6 games after being activated by the Marine Corps. Still, he completed ten touchdowns (a big deal at the time) on only 36 passing attempts.

1942: Frank Sinkwich, Running Back, Georgia
The SEC’s first Heisman winner set the NCAA record for total offense with 2187 yards for the Rose Bowl Champion Georgia Bulldogs. Selected with the first pick, Sinkwich played for the Lions and won the NFL MVP in 1944.

1941: Bruce Smith, Running Back, Minnesota
Winning the award two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, American’s minds were on other things. He was the starting halfback for Minnesota during their glory period of winning consecutive national championships in 1940-41. Following his college career, he became a fighter pilot in he war, before a brief pro career.

1940: Tom Harmon, Running Back, Michigan
The legendary Wolverines superstar and father of TV star Mark Harmon led the league in scoring for two years straight. Injured in World War II, he never was able to shine in the professional ranks, playing for the Rams for two seasons. But in his day, he was as dominant a player as you could ask for.

1939: Nile Kinnick, Halfback, Iowa
The halfback starred for Iowa, shining on both sides of the ball. Almost solely responsible for all of Iowa’s points in 1939 and still holds a handful of school records. Kinnick’s play turned Iowa from a cellar-dweller into a Big Ten force. No other Hawkeyes player has since won the award.

1938: Davey O'Brien, Quarterback, TCU
In 1938, O’Brien led TCU to a national championship and an undefeated record, setting conference passing records that stood for a decade. The award given to the top college quarterbacks in the nation is called the Davey O’Brien Award.

1937: Clint Frank, Halfback Yale
The second Yale player to win the award, as well as the last. Frank was a talented halfback and later thrived as an advertising executive. The two-time team captain was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.

1936: Larry Kelley, End, Yale
The Ohio native played end for Yale University, back when the Ivy League represented the top levels of college football. Later sold his trophy in 2000 for 328K. The year Kelley won the award was the first time it was actually called the Heisman Trophy.

1935: Jay Berwanger, Running Back, University of Chicago
Berwanger was awarded the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy after starring for the University of Chicago. He laid a hit on future President Gerald Ford that left him with a big scar under his eye. Berwander also holds the distinction of being the first player ever selected in the NFL draft, when the Philadelphia Eagles selected him with the first pick in 1936.

Related: The 8 Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
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