List of Heisman Trophy winners

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Heisman Trophy
Given forThe outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.
Presented byDowntown Athletic Club (1937–2001)
Yale Club (2002–2003)
The Heisman Trust (2004–current)
First awardDecember 9, 1935 to Jay Berwanger
Most recentDeVonta Smith,
University of Alabama

The Heisman Trophy, one of the highest individual awards in American college football, has been awarded 86 times since its creation in 1935, including 85 unique winners and one two-time winner. The trophy is given annually to the most outstanding college football player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and is awarded by the Heisman Trust, successors of the awards from the Downtown Athletic Club at an annual ceremony.

In 1935, the award, then known as the DAC Trophy, was created by New York City's Downtown Athletic Club to recognize the best college football player "east of the Mississippi River".[1] In that inaugural year, the award went to Jay Berwanger from the University of Chicago. Berwanger was later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League but declined to sign for them. He never played professional football for any team, instead choosing to pursue a career in business.[2] In 1936, the club's athletic director, football pioneer John Heisman, died and the trophy was renamed in his honor. Larry Kelley, the second winner of the award, was the first to win it as the "Heisman Trophy".[3] In addition to the name change, the award also became a nationwide achievement. With the new name, players west of the Mississippi became eligible; the first player from the western United States was selected in 1938.[1]

On June 10, 2010, following several years of investigation, the NCAA announced that USC running back Reggie Bush, the 2005 Heisman trophy winner, received gifts from agents while still in college. The university received major sanctions,[4][5] and there were reports that the Heisman Trophy Trust would strip his award.[6] In September of that year, Bush voluntarily forfeited his title as the 2005 winner. The Heisman Trust decided to leave the award vacated with no new winner to be announced.[7]

A school has had a Heisman winner in back-to-back years five times, though one of those awards is Bush's forfeited trophy (Yale 1936-37, Army 1945-46, Ohio State 1974-75, USC 2004-05 and Oklahoma 2017-18). Only one player, Ohio State's Archie Griffin, has won the award twice.[8] Oklahoma is the only school to have two players win the award in back-to-back years playing the same position (quarterbacks Baker Mayfield followed by Kyler Murray).

Between 1936 and 2001, the award was given at an annual gala ceremony at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. The Downtown Athletic Club's facilities were damaged during the September 11, 2001 attacks. Due to financial difficulties stemming from the damage, the DAC declared bankruptcy in 2002, turning over its building to creditors. Following the club's bankruptcy and the loss of the original Downtown Athletic Club building,[9] the Yale Club of New York City assumed presenting honors in 2002 and 2003.[10][11] The ceremony was moved to the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square for the 2002, 2003, and 2004 presentations. Between 2005 and 2019, the event was held at PlayStation Theater in Times Square.[12] The move to the PlayStation Theater allowed the Downtown Athletic Club (and ultimately, the award's successor, The Heisman Trust) to resume full control of the event (the most prominent example of which was the return of the official portraits of past winners), despite the loss of the original presentation hall.[13] Shortly after the 2019 ceremony was held, the PlayStation Theater was permanently closed; as a result, the Heisman Trust began searching for a new location to conduct the trophy presentation. The 2020 ceremony would ultimately be held at the studios of ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the ceremony being held on January 5, 2021.[14]

In terms of balloting, the fifty states of the U.S. are split into six regions (Far West, Mid Atlantic, Mid West, North East, South, South West), and six regional representatives are selected to appoint voters in their states.[15] Each region has 145 media votes, for a total of 870 votes. In addition, all previous Heisman winners may vote, and one final vote is counted through public balloting. The Heisman ballots contain a 3-2-1 point system, in which each ballot ranks the voter's top three players and awards them three points for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote, and one point for a third-place vote. The points are tabulated, and the player with the highest total of points across all ballots wins the Heisman Trophy.[16]


* First overall draft pick in the NFL Draft
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
First overall draft pick and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

List of Heisman Trophy winners[edit]

Heisman Winners
Year Image Name School Position Points % of points possible[17] Class
Jay Berwanger* Chicago HB 84 43.08% Senior
Larry Kelley Yale End 219 36.41% Senior
Clint Frank Yale HB 524 32.89% Senior
1938 Davey O'Brien Davey O'Brien TCU QB 519 29.62% Senior
1939 A picture of Nile Kinnick posing. Nile Kinnick Iowa HB/QB 651 31.00% Senior
1940 A picture of Tom Harmon posing. Tom Harmon* Michigan HB 1,303 54.29% Senior
1941 Bruce Smith Minnesota HB 554 49.99% Senior
1942 Sinkwich bulldogs.jpg Frank Sinkwich* Georgia HB 1,059 56.15% Senior
1943 Angelo Bertelli* Notre Dame QB 648 64.80% Senior
1944 Les Horvath Ohio State HB/QB 412 18.31% Senior
1945 A picture of Doc Blanchard posing. Doc Blanchard Army FB 860 33.81% Junior
1946 A picture of Glenn Davis posing. Glenn Davis Army HB 792 79.20% Senior
1947 A picture of John Lujack Johnny Lujack Notre Dame QB 742 74.20% Senior
1948 A picture of Doak Walker. Doak Walker SMU HB 778 28.56% Junior
1949 Leon Hart* Notre Dame End 995 36.53% Senior
1950 Vic Janowicz Ohio State HB/P 633 22.03% Junior
1951 A bronze cast statue of Kazmaier, by Timothy Maslin. Dick Kazmaier Princeton HB 1,777 60.01% Senior
1952 Billy Vessels statue Billy Vessels Oklahoma HB 525 14.32% Senior
1953 A picture of Johnny Lattner posing. Johnny Lattner Notre Dame HB 1,850 49.14% Senior
1954 Alan Ameche Alan Ameche Wisconsin FB 1,068 27.01% Senior
1955 A picture of Howard Cassady posing. Howard Cassady Ohio State HB 2,219 55.87% Senior
1956 Top 1961 playing card of Paul Hornugn. Paul Hornung Notre Dame QB 1,066 26.96% Senior
1957 A picture of John David Crow posing. John David Crow Texas A&M HB 1,183 31.12% Senior
1958 A picture of Pete Dawkins posing. Pete Dawkins Army HB 1,394 39.01% Senior
1959 Billy Cannon at LSU.jpg Billy Cannon* LSU HB 1,929 53.72% Senior
1960 Joe Bellino Joe Bellino Navy HB 1,793 52.89% Senior
1961 Statue of Ernie Davis, located in Syracuse University Quad. Ernie Davis* Syracuse HB/LB/FB 824 25.18% Senior
Terry Baker* Oregon State QB 707 21.25% Senior
1963 Staubach cowboys qb.jpg Roger Staubach Navy QB 1,860 55.21% Junior
John Huarte Notre Dame QB 1,026 30.98% Senior
1965 A picture of Mike Garrett speaking. Mike Garrett USC HB 926 26.61% Senior
1966 A picture of Steve Spurrier while coaching. Steve Spurrier Florida QB 1,679 48.25% Senior
Gary Beban UCLA QB 1,968 63.50% Senior
1968 A picture of O.J. Simpson posing. O. J. Simpson USC HB 2,853 80.64% Senior
Steve Owens Oklahoma FB 1,488 40.92% Senior
1970 A picture of Jim Plunkett on a phone. Jim Plunkett* Stanford QB 2,229 58.78% Senior
Pat Sullivan Auburn QB 1,597 42.25% Senior
Johnny Rodgers Nebraska WR/RB 1,310 38.75% Senior
1973 John Cappelletti as a Los Angeles Ram John Cappelletti Penn State RB 1,057 32.78% Senior
1974 A picture of Archie Griffin on a phone. Archie Griffin Ohio State RB 1,920 59.53% Junior
1975 1,800 57.64% Senior
1976 A picture of Tony Dorsett on a phone. Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh RB 2,357 74.97% Senior
1977 A picture of Earl Campbell rushing the ball. Earl Campbell Texas RB 1,547 49.11% Senior
1978 BillySimsWithFan (cropped).JPG Billy Sims* Oklahoma RB 827 26.25% Junior
Charles White USC RB 1,695 53.81% Senior
1980 A picture of the George Rogers statue in Columbia, SC George Rogers* South Carolina RB 1,128 35.81% Senior
1981 A picture of Marcus Allen golfing. Marcus Allen USC RB 1,797 57.05% Senior
1982 A picture of Herschel Walker posing. Herschel Walker Georgia RB 1,926 61.14% Junior
1983 A picture of Mike Rozier in 1987. Mike Rozier Nebraska RB 1,801 57.17% Senior
1984 A picture of Doug Flutie posing. Doug Flutie Boston College QB 2,240 71.11% Senior
1985 A picture of Bo Jackson signing a football. Bo Jackson* Auburn RB 1,509 47.90% Senior
1986 A picture of Vinny Testaverde while throwing a football. Vinny Testaverde* Miami QB 2,213 70.25% Senior
1987 A picture of Tim Brown wearing a jersey. Tim Brown Notre Dame WR 1,442 45.78% Senior
1988 A picture of Barry Sanders posing. Barry Sanders Oklahoma State RB 1,878 68.27% Junior
1989 A picture of Andre Ware wearing pads. Andre Ware Houston QB 1,073 38.96% Junior
1990 A picture of Ty Detmer wearing a button down. Ty Detmer BYU QB 1,482 53.87% Junior
1991 A picture of Desmond Howard wearing a suit. Desmond Howard Michigan WR/PR 2,077 75.50% Junior
1992 A picture of Gino Torreta posing. Gino Torretta Miami QB 1,400 50.84% Senior
1993 A picture of Charlie Ward wearing a football uniform. Charlie Ward Florida State QB 2,310 83.79% Senior
1994 Rashaan Salaam Colorado RB 1,743 63.15% Junior
1995 A picture of Eddie George wearing sunglasses. Eddie George Ohio State RB 1,460 52.84% Senior
1996 A picture of Danny Wuerffel giving a speech. Danny Wuerffel Florida QB 1,363 49.38% Senior
1997 A picture of Charles Woodson signing an autograph. Charles Woodson Michigan CB/PR 1,815 65.69% Junior
1998 A picture of Ricky Williams while playing for the Dolphins. Ricky Williams Texas RB 2,355 85.23% Senior
1999 Ron Dayne in 2010. Ron Dayne Wisconsin RB 2,042 73.83% Senior
2000 A picture of Chris Weinke at a podium. Chris Weinke Florida State QB 1,628 58.86% Senior
Eric Crouch Nebraska QB 770 27.75% Senior
2002 A picture of Carson Palmer playing for the Raiders. Carson Palmer* USC QB 1,328 48.01% Senior
2003 A picture of Jason White while with the Sooners. Jason White Oklahoma QB 1,481 53.54% Senior
2004 A picture of Matt Leinart holding his Heisman trophy. Matt Leinart USC QB 1,325 47.85% Junior
A photo of Reggie Bush, in a suit. Reggie Bush USC RB 2,541 91.77% Junior
2006 A picture of Troy Smith throwing a pass. Troy Smith Ohio State QB 2,540 91.63% Senior
2007 A picture of Tim Tebow throwing a pass. Tim Tebow Florida QB 1,957 70.52% Sophomore
2008 Sam Bradford during the 2008 NCAA season. Sam Bradford* Oklahoma QB 1,726 62.13% Sophomore
2009 A picture of Mark Ingram at the White House. Mark Ingram Jr. Alabama RB 1,304 46.99% Sophomore
2010 A picture of Cam Newton with glasses on. Cam Newton* Auburn QB 2,263 81.55% Junior
2011 A picture of Robert Griffin posing. Robert Griffin III Baylor QB 1,687 60.66% Junior
2012 A picture of Johnny Manziel in 2015. Johnny Manziel Texas A&M QB 2,029 72.88% Freshman
2013 A picture of Jameis Winston while shaking someone's hand. Jameis Winston* Florida State QB 2,205 79.12% Freshman
2014 A picture of Marcus Mariota while holding a football during a game. Marcus Mariota Oregon QB 2,534 90.92% Junior
2015 Henry in the NFL. Derrick Henry Alabama RB 1,832 65.73% Junior
2016 Lamar jackson ravens camp 2018 (cropped).jpg Lamar Jackson Louisville QB 2,144 79.50% Sophomore
2017 Mayfield at 2017 Big 12 Media Days Baker Mayfield* Oklahoma QB 2,398 86.00% Senior
2018 Murray with Texas Tech Kyler Murray* Oklahoma QB 2,167 77.75% Junior
2019 Joe Burrow (SELU vs LSU, September 8, 2018).jpg Joe Burrow* LSU QB 2,608 93.80% Senior
2020 DeVonta Smith.jpg DeVonta Smith Alabama WR 1,856 66.81% Senior

Trophies won by school[edit]

This is a list of the colleges and universities who have had a player win a Heisman trophy: Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame are tied for the most trophies at 7 each (USC's 2005 award having been voluntarily forfeited). Ohio State has the distinction of the only two-time winner, Archie Griffin, leaving their total players to have won the trophy at six. In total, players from 40 different schools have won a Heisman Trophy, while 19 schools have more than one trophy.

School Trophies
Notre Dame 7
Ohio State
Alabama 3
Florida State
Georgia 2
Texas A&M
Baylor 1
Boston College
Oklahoma State
Oregon State
Penn State
South Carolina


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  8. ^ Archie Griffin Archived January 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Accessed December 23, 2012.
  9. ^ New York landmark's closing leaves Heisman homeless Wayne Drehs, July 22, 2004. Accessed March 8, 2008.
  10. ^ 9-11 Forces Heisman to Move to Yale Club Christopher Hunt, New York Daily News. June 26, 2002. Accessed December 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Heisman Trophy Dinner Becomes Feast for the Public The Washington Post. November 7, 2003. Accessed December 14, 2018.
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  13. ^ Bush runs away with Heisman Trophy Ivan Maisel, December 10, 2005. Accessed March 8, 2008.
  14. ^ "Heisman Trophy to be awarded virtually Jan. 5". November 14, 2020. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
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