The Heisman Trophy award began in 1935, and over the years, winners of the award have tried to extend their careers in professional football to varied levels of success.
With the recent wave of Heisman Trophy winners, including Robert Griffin III and Mark Ingram, taking on key roles for NFL teams, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to see how many Heisman winners were able to make a solid impression at the next level.
Some Heisman winners were more a product of a college system, while others proved that they were still just as dominate in the pros as they were in college. For a select few, they were able to extend excellence to the NFL above and beyond, by being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In this presentation, we will focus on the Heisman Trophy winners from 1954 to the present. From that pool of candidates, we will select the top 20 players who went on to have successful NFL careers. By a successful career, we are looking for players who lasted at least five years and excelled at their position. You will see the vast majority of this group qualified for Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams during their NFL careers.