Heisman Letdowns, Failures, No-Shows

by C2Cigars - 37 cards (Last updated on May. 1, 2018)

1. 1955 Topps All-American #78 Jay Berwanger

First winner of the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy in 1935. Failed to sign with an NFL team. Never played professional football.

2. 1955 Topps All-American #26 Larry Kelley

Second winner, first of the renamed Heisman Trophy in 1936. Drafted 87th overall by the Detroit Lions. Signed by the Boston Shamrocks but reneged on his contract and never played.

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3. 1992 Heisman Collection II #3 Clint Frank

1937 Winner

Never played in the NFL.

4. 1955 Topps All-American #34 Davey O'Brien

1938 Winner

The award for the best quarterback in college football is named for him.

Two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Even though he had led NFL in various passing categories, he won only one game each season.

5. 1955 Topps All-American #35 Tom Harmon

1940 Winner

No success with NY Americans in 1941. Saw service in WWII. Two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams were ineffective due to wartime injuries to his leg.

6. 1948 Bowman #104 Bruce Smith

1941 Winner

877 total yards in four seasons.

7. 1955 Topps All-American #76 Angelo Bertelli

1943 Winner

Three unimpressive seasons, retired after numerous knee surgeries.

8. 1948 Bowman #71 Leslie Horvath

1944 Winner

Played poorly for two seasons. Didn't play his third season. Then retired.

9. 1950 Bowman #16 Glenn Davis

1946 Winner

Selected to Pro Bowl his first season. A reinjured knee in his second season ended his career.

10. 1951 Topps #10 Vic Janowicz

1950 Winner

One full season with the Washington Redskins.



Dec. 30, 2014 - 2:53PM

Nice job. This is one of my favorite lists. Thank you for compiling and sharing.

Feb. 10, 2016 - 3:04PM

Manziel has talent, but he needs to more logical in his decisions outside of football to truly get a chance to even display his true ability.

Feb. 11, 2016 - 12:33PM

In Bellino's defense, you should note that after graduating from the Naval Academy, he had to serve 5 years in the Navy before going into the pros.

Feb. 19, 2016 - 6:56AM

Would Herschel Walker count for this list? While I thought he was okay, I think he never lived up to his full potential.

Feb. 28, 2016 - 4:23PM

Really cool list. The only disagreement I have is Vinny Testaverde. Sure he wasn't an elite talent but he was a very solid QB for 21 seasons and that is why he stuck around so long. If a team needed a veteran backup or a starter who could hold his own while they prep a young QB, Vinny was their man.

Feb. 29, 2016 - 2:51AM

This list could go on and on. Dayne, RGIII, Bradford, Ward, ...

Apr. 9, 2017 - 9:47AM

Bradford is what this list is missing...

Apr. 9, 2017 - 11:17AM

Rest In Peace Rashaan Salaam 

Apr. 30, 2018 - 6:34PM

Now RG3 is a Raven. Can’t wait!

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