Jim Plunkett: Super Bowl MVP (Photo Stanford Athletics)
Jim Plunkett is the only Heisman Trophy winner in Stanford history. One of the greatest QBs in Farm history, he led Stanford to an upset win over heavily favored Ohio State in the 1971 Rose Bowl, and was the first overall pick in the 1971 NFL draft.
He threw for nearly 26,000 yards in a 15-year NFL career highlighted by two Super Bowl victories with the Oakland Raiders in 1981 and 1984. He was the MVP of the 1981 Super Bowl.
As the first pick in the draft, Plunkett alone would propel any class to a place among the best Stanford drafts ever. But he was joined in the NFL by four drafted teammates: 17th-round pick WR Randy Vataha (188 career receptions for New England and Green Bay, for over 3,100 yards and 23 TDs); fifth-round pick TE Bob Moore (114 career catches for Oakland, Tampa Bay and Denver, for over 1,200 yards and seven TDs); fourth-round pick DL Dave Tipton, who later was a key assistant coach at Stanford from 1988 to 2006 (six pro seasons for the Giants, Chargers and Seahawks); and fifth-round selection OLB Ron Kadziel, who played one year for New England.