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The Biggest Heisman Busts of All Time

Updated February 11, 2020 10.2k votes 1.9k voters 18.0k views28 items

List RulesVote up the Heisman Trophy winners who had the most disappointing NFL career.

The worst Heisman Trophy winners certainly excelled in the college game but failed at the next level. The biggest Heisman disappointments hail from some of the most storied programs in college football, and while many Heisman Trophy winners had great NFL careers (players like Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen and Tony Dorsett), others peaked in college and were just never the same. The biggest Heisman busts were of course high draft picks but quite obviously failed to live up to expectations. Heisman busts like Matt Leinart and Andre Ware could fall into the category of enormously disappointing QBs. Other Heisman Trophy failures in the NFL were running backs (like Rashaan Salaam and Archie Griffin) that never matched their college success at the pro level. There have been many Heisman Trophy busts over the year but which one do you think is the biggest? Vote now for the most disappointing Heisman Trophy winner!
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  • Jason White2
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    Jason White

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceTuttle, Oklahoma

    Age40

    TeamsOklahoma Sooners football

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  • Matt Leinart3
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    Matt Leinart

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceSanta Ana, California, United States of America

    Age37

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans

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    #17 of 104 The Best USC Trojans Players of All Time#220 of 225 The Best Arizona Cardinals of All Time

  • Gino Torretta4
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    Gino Torretta

    Quarterback

    BirthplacePinole, California, United States of America

    Age50

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings

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    #46 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time#6 of 30 The Best Miami Hurricanes Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Eric Crouch5
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    Eric Crouch

    Safety, Quarterback

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska

    Age41

    TeamsHamburg Sea Devils, Toronto Argonauts, St. Louis Rams, Omaha Nighthawks, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

  • Danny Wuerffel6
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    Danny Wuerffel

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceFort Walton Beach, Florida

    Age41

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

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    #7 of 85 The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time#54 of 57 The Best Washington Redskins Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Troy Smith7
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    Troy Smith

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    Age31

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Omaha Nighthawks, San Francisco 49ers, Ohio State Buckeyes football

  • Andre Ware8
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    Andre Ware

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas, United States of America

    Age52

    TeamsOttawa Rough Riders, Toronto Argonauts, Houston Cougars football, Berlin Thunder, Jacksonville Jaguars

  • JaMarcus Russell9
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    JaMarcus Russell

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    Age35

    TeamsOakland Raiders, LSU Tigers football

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  • Rashaan Salaam10
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    Rashaan Salaam

    Running back

    BirthplaceLa Jolla, San Diego, California

    Age45

    TeamsMemphis Maniax, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Colorado Buffaloes football

  • Chris Weinke11
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    Chris Weinke

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  • Ty Detmer12
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    Ty Detmer

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceSan Marcos, Texas

    Age48

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles

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  • Robert Griffin III13
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    BirthplaceOkinawa Prefecture, Japan

    Age25

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Baylor Bears football

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  • Ron Dayne14
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  • Vince Young15
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    Vince Young

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Age37

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Texas Longhorns football

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  • John Huarte16
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    John Huarte

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceAnaheim, California, United States of America

    Age76

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    #38 of 82 The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time#53 of 59 The Best Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Tim Tebow17
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    Tim Tebow

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceMakati, Philippines

    Age33

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Florida Gators football, New England Patriots, New York Jets

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  • Gary Beban18
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    Gary Beban

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Age74

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  • Terry Baker19
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    Terry Baker

    Quarterback

    BirthplacePine River, Minnesota

    Age79

  • Archie Griffin20
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    Archie Griffin

    Running back

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, United States of America

    Age66

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Bulls, Ohio State Buckeyes football

  • John Cappelletti21
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    John Cappelletti

    Running back

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Age68

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers

  • Kyle Boller22
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    Kyle Boller

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceBurbank, California

    Age34

    TeamsCalifornia Golden Bears football, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens

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    #47 of 56 The Best Los Angeles Rams Quarterbacks of All Time#11 of 30 The Best California Golden Bears Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Joey Harrington23
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    Joey Harrington

    Quarterback

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Age41

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Oregon Ducks football, Miami Dolphins

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    #12 of 98 The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time#30 of 52 The Best Detroit Lions Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Sam Bradford24
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    Sam Bradford

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Age32

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Oklahoma Sooners football

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  • Baker Mayfield25
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    Baker Mayfield

    Quarterback

    TeamsCleveland Browns