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Heisman Trophy

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, considered the most prestigious award in American college football, is given annually to the top player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The award was presented by the Downtown Athletic Club in Manhattan, New York, a privately owned recreation facility near the site of the former World Trade Center, until the Club was forced to close its doors in 2002 due to financial troubles resulting in large part from the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. The award ceremony is now hosted by the Yale Club in Manhattan, and is presented independently from the annual College Football Awards (where all other related awards are presented). The trophy is named after the college coach and DAC Director of Athletics John W. Heisman and was first presented in 1935.

Year Winner School Position
1935 Jay Berwanger Chicago Halfback
1936 Larry Kelley Yale End
1937 Clint Frank Yale Halfback
1938 Davey O'Brien TCU Quarterback
1939 Nile Kinnick Iowa Halfback
1940 Tom Harmon Michigan Halfback
1941 Bruce Smith Minnesota Halfback
1942 Frank Sinkwich Georgia Halfback
1943 Angelo Bertelli Notre Dame Quarterback
1944 Les Horvath Ohio State Quarterback/Halfback
1945 Doc Blanchard Army Fullback
1946 Glenn Davis Army Halfback
1947 Johnny Lujack Notre Dame Quarterback
1948 Doak Walker SMU Halfback
1949 Leon Hart Notre Dame End
1950 Vic Janowicz Ohio State Halfback
1951 Dick Kazmaier Princeton Halfback
1952 Billy Vessels Oklahoma Halfback
1953 Johnny Lattner Notre Dame Halfback
1954 Alan Ameche Wisconsin Fullback
1955 Howard Cassady Ohio State Halfback
1956 Paul Hornung Notre Dame Quarterback
1957 John David Crow Texas A&M Halfback
1958 Pete Dawkins Army Halfback
1959 Billy Cannon LSU Halfback
1960 Joe Bellino Navy Halfback
1961 Ernie Davis Syracuse Halfback
1962 Terry Baker Oregon State Quarterback
1963 Roger Staubach Navy Quarterback
1964 John Huarte Notre Dame Quarterback
1965 Mike Garrett USC Halfback
1966 Steve Spurrier Florida Quarterback
1967 Gary Beban UCLA Quarterback
1968 O. J. Simpson USC Halfback
1969 Steve Owens Oklahoma Halfback
1970 Jim Plunkett Stanford Quarterback
1971 Pat Sullivan Auburn Quarterback
1972 Johnny Rodgers Nebraska Wide Receiver
1973 John Cappelletti Penn State Running Back
1974 Archie Griffin Ohio State Running Back
1975 Archie Griffin Ohio State Running Back
1976 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh Running Back
1977 Earl Campbell Texas Running Back
1978 Billy Sims Oklahoma Running Back
1979 Charles White USC Running Back
1980 George Rogers South Carolina Running Back
1981 Marcus Allen USC Running Back
1982 Herschel Walker Georgia Running Back
1983 Mike Rozier Nebraska Running Back
1984 Doug Flutie Boston College Quarterback
1985 Bo Jackson Auburn Running Back
1986 Vinny Testaverde Miami Quarterback
1987 Tim Brown Notre Dame Wide Receiver
1988 Barry Sanders Oklahoma State Running Back
1989 Andre Ware Houston Quarterback
1990 Ty Detmer BYU Quarterback
1991 Desmond Howard Michigan Wide Receiver
1992 Gino Torretta Miami Quarterback
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State Quarterback
1994 Rashaan Salaam Colorado Running Back
1995 Eddie George Ohio State Running Back
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida Quarterback
1997 Charles Woodson Michigan Defensive Back
1998 Ricky Williams Texas Running Back
1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin Running Back
2000 Chris Weinke Florida State Quarterback
2001 Eric Crouch Nebraska Quarterback
2002 Carson Palmer USC Quarterback
2003 Jason White Oklahoma Quarterback
2004 Matt Leinart USC Quarterback


Only one player, Archie Griffin, has won two Heismans; he did so in 1974 and 1975.

Only two high schools have graduated multiple alumni who would eventually win the Heisman Trophy. Mater Dei High School produced John Huarte (Notre Dame) and Matt Leinart (USC) most recently but Dallas Woodrow Wilson produced the first combo with Davey O'Brien (TCU) and Tim Brown (Notre Dame).

Charles Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to win the award, doing so in 1997.

As of 2004, the teams with the most Heismans are Notre Dame (with 7), Ohio State (6), USC (6), and Oklahoma (4). Army, Nebraska, and Michigan have 3 Heisman winners each. A number of other teams have won the trophy twice or less.

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Last updated: 10-14-2005 15:09:53
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