The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious award in all of sports. It is an award that is bestowed on the best college football player for that given year.
This is not always the case.
The Heisman is sometimes presented to the best player on the best team. Is that player always the best player in the country?
I would argue, no.
Eye-popping stats and gaudy numbers often give Heisman voters something to quantify performance. But do they always consider the level of competition or the system a player operates in?
Most often not.
Since researching this, I have also noticed that there was at one time an extreme bias against freshman and sophomores, as well as defensive players.
A few times the award was given to someone I believe on the merits of their career and not for their performance on the field that year.
I have followed the award and the game of college football religiously since I was six years old. That has been 30 years now. I find myself almost every year, disappointed in who is giving their acceptance speech at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York.
So I decided to make a list of the worst Heisman Trophy winners that I can remember.
I tried to keep this list as modern as a possible, I obviously cannot comment on players who I have never heard of or seen play. Unless it was egregious.
If there is a player I felt got outright jobbed that I can't ever remember watching them play, I took note of it and as you will see I incorporated it into my piece.
But for the most part this is a list, MY LIST of the worst Heisman winners that I have seen and grown up with over the years. 30 years now.