20 Years Of National Champion And Heisman QBs: Do They Equal NFL Excellence?

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20 Years Of National Champion And Heisman QBs: Do They Equal NFL Excellence?
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Not that there has ever been any histrionics over whether a running or "hybrid" QB can make it in the NFL any more or less than a more traditional QB (has there?), but let's take a look at those run and gun guys and those "in the pocket" guys that have won an NCAA championship—and maybe a Heisman—and see how they fared in the NFL.

As you might expect there are more than a few Heisman Trophy winners sprinkled in with these great college players. We will also review how winning this prestigious award does or does not predict greatness in the NFL at the QB position.

I went back 20 years and researched all the winning QBs. Then I looked at their NFL success—or lack of—to see what correlation there was comparing a traditional pro-style QB in college to an Option or Spread type, and whether a Heisman on their mantle made any difference.

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