Heisman Trophy winners are not all headed for glory. Cam Newton of Auburn, the runaway favorite for the 2010 Heisman Trophy, has been dogged by a recruitment controversy. Joining him as 2010 Heisman finalists are Kellen Moore of Boise State, Andrew Luck of Stanford, and LaMichael James of Oregon. Past winners of the honor have run an eclectic playbook of highs and lows.
The Heisman Trophy has been awarded to the "most outstanding" college football player since 1935. While Auburn quarterback Cam Newton's 2010 bid for the coveted bronze statue has been dogged by controversy and hype, he's not the first.
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Doug Flutie, Boston College: Dubbed "The Miracle in Miami" in 1984, Flutie completed a Hail Mary pass on the last play of the game to Gerard Phelan to clinch a 45-41 victory over the Miami Hurricanes. Many people mistakenly believe that this play clinched the Heisman for Flutie, but the voting was already completed before that game.
Archie Griffin is the only two-time winner. The Ohio State University standout won it in 1974 and 1975.
In 1968 O.J. Simpson ran away with the honor. The USC tailback famously stood trial in 1995 for a double murder – of his wife and her friend. After a "not guilty" verdict in that trial, Simpson was later convicted in 2008 and sent to prison for an armed confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino-hotel.
Earlier this year, the 2005 winner Reggie Bush of USC became the first recipient of the award to return it amid allegations that he and his family received hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from two California-based marketing agents.
One Heisman winner is currently is a college coach. University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier won the Heisman in 1966.
Only four of the Heisman winners have gone on to become the Super Bowl MVP:
Roger Staubach – 1963 Heisman with Navy, Super Bowl VI with Dallas Cowboys
Jim Plunkett — 1970 Heisman with Stanford, Super Bowl XV with Oakland Raiders
Marcus Allen – 1981 Heisman with USC, Super Bowl XVIII with Oakland Raiders
Desmond Howard – 1991 Heisman with Michigan, Super Bowl XXXI with Green Bay Packers