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The most surprising and successful Heisman winners

FLUTIE RETIRES
Every year, the Heisman trophy winner is awarded to the most outstanding player in college football. Today, the golden statue will be awarded for the 79th time in its history. While there may be a few favorites in the mix like Jameis Winston from Florida State, the nominees will go down in history with some of the greatest college football players to play the game.

We've rounded up the most surprising and successful Heisman trophy winners to date. Click through the gallery below to see them all.

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wiper44 December 14 2013 at 11:11 PM

Barry Sanders,,, what can you say about a man who could fake full grown men out of their jockqe straps! I believe if he would of been able to leave Detroit for a 500 or better team we would of been blessed with his awsomness for 3to5 more years. He was a smart man though as he did get out with his health and family. Barry you were the best in your time and we salute you my friend!!!

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connimit December 14 2013 at 10:02 PM

Where is Ty Detmer??

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houstonjm December 14 2013 at 9:10 PM

Did you listen to these Negroes, did they even attend class? Ignorance reigned supreme even from last years winner, Johnny Football. Too, too much money around football and sports so they get their publicist, speech coaches and anyone else who can cash in on the deal, as in the AGENT. I was sickened by the ignorance conveyed by most of the black candidates, the only one with an IQ was the kid from Auburn, the rest, stupid #@*&%!

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rikwrite December 14 2013 at 7:58 PM

Remember Joe Bellino?
Heisman trophy winner for navy...back when the army navy game was a hot ticket...I scored two from a local politician and impressed the hell out of my date from east stroudsburg state college.
I was a greenhorn reporter for the pocono record....must have been in the early 60's...what a time it was.

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kaz December 14 2013 at 7:56 PM

At least you could list the current NFL players with Heismans

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Steve December 14 2013 at 7:09 PM

I agree with the Jim Brown fans and Johnny Unitas fans #'s 2 & 3 on my list as all time greats, but
Gale Sayers tops my list from KU.

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ww5022 December 14 2013 at 7:16 PM

Really, even with the glass knees?

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Steve December 14 2013 at 7:20 PM

On bad kneesbetter than most.

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skiotan December 14 2013 at 6:59 PM

Yes, I also want to know why Dick Kazmaier wasn't listed. I didn't know he had died. So sad. I was hoping to see him up on the stage tonight.

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Brock December 14 2013 at 6:48 PM

You forgot (or NEGLECTED) Dick Kazmaier, who died this last summer. Led Princeton to a series of undefeated seasons - the graduating seniors never experienced defeat. His application to Princeton had a scribbled note on the side, from someone (mercifully for his family, forever lost to history) that said specifically, "Too small for football." Not since an audition card for a young Fred Astaire ("Can't act, can't sing, can dance a little") has anyone so badly evaluated someone's skills!

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leegb2002 December 14 2013 at 6:48 PM

you seem to be missing a few, is there a reason?

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sharpc December 14 2013 at 6:06 PM

Wheres Dick Kasmire from Princeton?

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