Leon Hart

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Leon Hart
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Date of birth (1928-11-02)November 2, 1928
Place of birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date of death September 24, 2002(2002-09-24) (aged 73)
Place of death South Bend, Indiana
Career information
Position(s) End
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 257 lb (117 kg)
College Notre Dame
NFL draft 1950 / Round: 1 / Pick 1
Career history
As player
1950–1957 Detroit Lions
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 1951
Awards 1949 Heisman Trophy
Career stats

Leon Joseph Hart (November 2, 1928 – September 24, 2002) was an American football end. He won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award while at the University of Notre Dame in 1949 and played in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons, from 1950 to 1957, with the Detroit Lions.

Hart holds the distinction of being the only lineman to win three college football national championships and three NFL Championships. He is the last of only two lineman ever to win the Heisman Trophy. Also, he is one of only three players, along with Angelo Bertelli and Cam Newton to win the Heisman Trophy, a national championship, and be the first overall pick in the NFL draft all in the same one-year span.

Hart was raised in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.


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