Heisman Trophy Winners Who Were Disappointments In The NFL

Football | 2/20/19

The Heisman Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the top player in NCAA football. Some recipients of the prestigious award excelled at the next level, while others certainly didn’t. Some of the players even hail from some of the most storied programs in college football.

Although winning the Heisman is an excellent accomplishment, it also comes with a lot of added pressure. These players exited college with the prestigious award, but couldn’t find success at the next level.

Joe Bellino

Bellino was very versatile on the football field. The Navy alum rushed for 834 yards and caught 15 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. The halfback won the 1960 Heisman Trophy and his final game with the Navy was a loss in the Orange Bowl.

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The Washington Redskins would draft him in the 17th round of the 1961 NFL Draft as did the Boston Patriots of the AFL Draft. He decided to join the Patriots, and played three seasons, primarily as a kick returner. He’s the lowest drafted Heisman Trophy winner in NFL history because of his commitment to the U.S. Navy after graduation.