Who Are Some of the Most Famous Heisman Trophy Winners?


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Some of the most famous Heisman Trophy winners include the three winners who were drafted first overall and were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Paul Hornung, O.J. Simpson and Earl Campbell. Other famous Heisman winners include Bo Jackson and Barry Sanders.

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Who Are Some of the Most Famous Heisman Trophy Winners?
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The Heisman Trophy is given to the best college football player in the United States each year, but its winners' fortunes in the NFL vary greatly. Hornung, the 1956 Heisman winner, was a successful halfback who won four NFL championships, the 1961 NFL Most Valuable Player award and the first-ever Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers. Simpson is best known now for his 1994 murder trial, but he was the NFL's top running back of the 1970s. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and the 1973 NFL MVP with the Buffalo Bills. Campbell, the 1977 Heisman winner, led the NFL in rushing yards for three straight seasons with the Houston Oilers.

More recently, Sanders, the 1988 Heisman winner, made six Pro Bowls as a Detroit Lion and is thought by many to be the greatest running back of all time. Jackson, the 1986 Heisman winner, is considered one of the greatest pure athletes ever. Before his career was cut short by injuries, Jackson was a two-sport star. He was a Pro Bowl running back for the Los Angeles Raiders and an All-Star outfielder for the Kansas City Royals.

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