Heisman Winners, NFL Losers

It’s unusual for the Wall Street Journal to have an article about sports, but there was a recent WSJ editorial about the lack of success in the NFL by Heisman Trophy winners:

In the modern era of the NFL, only a handful of Heisman Trophy winners have enjoyed genuine success in the pro ranks… Only seven of the past 50 Heisman Trophy winners–Roger Staubach, Mike Garrett, Jim Plunkett, Tony Dorsett, George Rogers, Marcus Allen and Desmond Howard–have been starters on Super Bowl-winning teams…

But many top college players, including some recent Heisman winners, don’t have the luck to be drafted by teams that can give them a fair chance to develop. “Football,” says Bob Boyles, author of “Fifty Years of College Football,” “is the ultimate team-oriented game where a quarterback can’t become a star passer without receivers streaking into the open and catching the ball while unsung linemen mount great pass protection.”

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