“Where Are They Now?” Heisman Trophy Edition




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“Where Are They Now?” Heisman Trophy Edition

If you’d like to read about the favorites for this year’s award, there’s plenty of places on the Internet to do it.

But we’re here to tell you some things you don’t know about the Heisman, such as:

• The player on the trophy is not John Heisman, but rather 1930s NYU star Ed Smith

• It was originally named the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy prior to Heisman’s death in 1936

• Which school has won the most Heismans? USC, Notre Dame and Ohio State are all tied with seven (Ohio State has six Heisman winners, but Archie Griffin won it twice)

• With the death of Doc Blanchard in April, Notre Dame’s John Lujack is the oldest living Heisman winner at 84

• The Downtown Athletic Club hosted the presentation from 1936-2001 but was so badly damaged during Sept. 11 it never reopened; the club filed for bankruptcy a year later and is now an apartment building

• The trophy is now presented at the Nokia Theatre Times Square

With their recent NFL failures, the most common question asked about Heisman winners is, “Where Are They Now?” So we tracked down every single winner and detailed their current whereabouts.

Last updated: September 22, 2010


1935: Jay Berwanger (Chicago) – Former owner of car parts manufacturer died in 2002 at age 88

1936: Larry Kelley (Yale) – High school English teacher and worked in glove-manufacturing industry, died in 2000 at age 85 of apparent suicide

1937: Clint Frank (Yale) – Owned Chicago advertising company, passing away in 1992 at age 76

1938: Davey O’Brien (TCU) – Worked for FBI before dying of cancer in 1977 at age of 60

1939: Nile Kinnick (Iowa) – Died at age of 24 during Naval training flight in Venezuela in 1943


1940: Tom Harmon (Michigan) – L.A. sportscaster passed away in 1990 at age 70

1941: Bruce Smith (Minnesota) – Served in WWII, died in 1967 of cancer (age 47)

1942: Frank Sinkwich (Georgia) – Former Marine and college football coach died at age 70 in 1990

1943: Angelo Bertelli (Notre Dame) – Owned New Jersey liquor stores before passing away in 1999 (age 78)

1944: Les Horvath (Ohio State) – Southern California dentist passed away in 1995 (age 73)

1945: Doc Blanchard (Army) – Air Force veteran passed away on April 19, 2009 in Texas of pneumonia (age 84)

1946: Glenn Davis (Army) – L.A. Times special events director died in 2005 from prostate cancer (age 80)


1947: John Lujack (Notre Dame) – Retired, avid golfer resides in Indian Wells, CA (age 85)

1948: Doak Walker (Southern Methodist) – Tragically died in skiing accident in Sept. 1998 (age 71)

1949: Leon Hart (Notre Dame) – Worked in car manufacturing in Michigan, died in 2002 (age 73)

1950: Vic Janowicz (Ohio State) – Had short stints in MLB and NFL before serious brain injury in 1956 car wreck left him partially paralyzed – he passed away of cancer in 1996 (age 66)

1951: Dick Kazmaier (Princeton) – President of family investment company Kazmaier Associates in Concord, MA (age 79)


1952: Billy Vessels (Oklahoma) – Worked in horse racing business and real estate in South Florida before dying of heart failure in 2001 (age 70)

1953: John Lattner (Notre Dame) – Regular contributor in Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and resides in Melrose Park and Anna Maria Island, FL (age 77)

1954: Alan Ameche (Wisconsin) – Scored winning TD in “The Greatest Game Ever Played” then started a hamburger chain before passing away of heart attack in 1988 at 55

1955: Howard Cassady (Ohio State) – Nicknamed “Hopalong,” former baseball scout and minor league first base coach now retired and living in Tampa, FL at age 76

1956: Paul Hornung (Notre Dame) – Real estate investor in Louisville (74) who made headlines in 2004 when he said Notre Dame “must get the black athletes” and recently called the most undeserving Heisman winner ever by the AP

1957: John David Crow (Texas A&M) – Former college coach and AD, now retired and living in College Station, TX (age 75)

1958: Pete Dawkins (Army) – Former U.S. Army General Officer and Vice Chairman of Citigroup bank now lives in Rumson, NJ (age 72)

1959: Billy Cannon (LSU) – He served time in federal prison for an ’80s counterfeiting scheme and is now an orthodontist at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (age 73)

1960: Joe Bellino (Navy) – Served in Navy 28 years, retired and lives in Bedford, MA (age 72)

1961: Ernie Davis (Syracuse) – Died in 1962 of leukemia at age 23, subject of 2008 movie “The Express”


1962: Terry Baker (Oregon State) – Retired lawyer living in Portland, OR (age 69)

1963: Roger Staubach (Navy) – Pro Football Hall of Famer for Cowboys sold real estate business for $613 million in 2008; resides in Dallas (age 68)

1964: John Huarte (Notre Dame) – CEO of Arizona Tile Supply in Tempe, AZ (age 66)

1965: Mike Garrett (USC) – Served as USC athletic director from 1993 until 2010, resigning in July amid scrutiny over football and men’s basketball scandals  (age 66)

1966: Steve Spurrier (Florida) – Former Florida and current South Carolina head football coach (age 65)


1967: Gary Beban (UCLA) – President of real estate company, CB Richard Ellis Services Inc. in Northbrook, IL (age 64)

1968: O.J. Simpson (USC) – Pro Football Hall of Famer serving at least 9 years in Lovelock, NV prison for numerous felonies, including armed robbery and kidnapping (age 63)

1969: Steve Owens (Oklahoma) – CEO of real estate company, Steve Owens & Associates, in Norman, OK (age 62)

1970: Jim Plunkett (Stanford) – Raiders analyst and owns Coors distributorship in Stockton, CA (age 62)

1971: Pat Sullivan (Auburn) – Samford head football coach since 2007 (age 60)

1972: Johnny Rodgers (Nebraska) – Played in CFL and currently works with youth in Omaha, NE (age 59)

1973: John Cappelletti (Penn State) – Partner in AlphaBio pharmaceutical company in Laguna Niguel, CA (age 58)

1974 & 1975: Archie Griffin (Ohio State) – President of Ohio State Alumni Association (age 56)


1976: Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh) – Owns Tony Dorsett Foods specializing in barbecue sauces; resides in Frisco, TX (age 56)

1977: Earl Campbell (Texas) – Assistant to vice president of student affairs at University of Texas (age 55)

1978: Billy Sims (Oklahoma) – Owns chain of Billy Sims BBQ restaurants in Oklahoma, most recently apologized in December 2008 for screaming “Boomer!” 11 times after Sam Bradford won Heisman (age 55)

1979: Charles White (USC) – Rehabbed drug addict works at USC as computer service engineer and resides in Long Beach, CA (age 52)

1980: George Rogers (South Carolina) – Runs George Rogers Foundation providing scholarships to kids and resides in Columbia, SC (age 51)


1981: Marcus Allen (USC) – Analyst for NFL Network and resides in Carlsbad, CA (age 50)

1982: Herschel Walker (Georgia) – Founder and CEO of meat processor company Renaissance Man Food Services Inc.; also involved in MMA and resides in Dallas, TX (age 48)

1983: Mike Rozier (Nebraska) – Stay-at-home dad living in Sicklerville, NJ (age 49)

1984: Doug Flutie (Boston College) – Analyst for Versus’ coverage of United Football League and resides in Natick, MA (age 47)

1985: Bo Jackson (Auburn) – Founder and investor in Burr Ridge Bank and Trust in suburban Chicago (age 47)


1986: Vinny Testaverde (Miami) – Retired in 2008 and resides in Odessa, FL (age 46)

1987: Tim Brown (Notre Dame) – Owns Tim Brown Racing LLC in NASCAR and lives in DeSoto, TX (age 44)

1988: Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State) – Retired in 1998 and resides in West Bloomfield, MI; son Barry Sanders Jr. is a prep star in Oklahoma City (age 42)

1989: Andre Ware (Houston) – College football analyst for ESPN and Texans radio announcer, residing in Sugar Land, TX (age 42)

1990: Ty Detmer (BYU) – Head coach for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX (age 42)

1991: Desmond Howard (Michigan) – College football analyst for ESPN residing in Boca Raton, FL (age 40)


1992: Gino Torretta (Miami) – Works for asset management firm GAMCO Investors, Inc. in Miami (age 40)

1993: Charlie Ward (Florida State) – Head football coach for Westbury Christian H.S. in Houston, TX (age 39)

1994: Rashaan Salaam (Colorado) – Promotes martial arts fights in China and resides in San Diego, CA (age 35)

1995: Eddie George (Ohio State) – Retired in 2004, graduated with MBA from Northwestern Business School in December 2009 and will work for Sirius Satellite’s college station  (age 36)

1996: Danny Wuerffel (Florida) – Works for Hope Street Ministries in New Orleans, LA (age 36)


1997: Charles Woodson (Michigan) – Member of Green Bay Packers, starting corner and 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year (age 33)

1998: Ricky Williams (Texas) – Member of Miami Dolphins and shares backfield with Ronnie Brown (age 33)

1999: Ron Dayne (Wisconsin) – Retired and now residing in Waunakee, WI; owns gym named Champion Styles Athletics (age 32)

2000: Chris Weinke (Florida State) – Runs IMG’s John Madden Football Academy in Bradenton, FL  (age 38)

2001: Eric Crouch (Nebraska) – Owns playground equipment business called “Crouch Recreation” in Omaha, NE and serves as college football analyst for Versus (age 31)


2002: Carson Palmer (USC) – Member of Cincinnati Bengals and starting QB (age 30)

2003: Jason White (Oklahoma) – Owns memorabilia stores in Norman and Oklahoma City (age 30)

2004: Matt Leinart (USC) – Cut by Arizona Cardinals in September 2010 and now a back-up for Houston Texans (age 27)

2005: Reggie Bush (USC) – Member of New Orleans Saints, winning Super Bowl in 2010 (age 25)

2006: Troy Smith (Ohio State) – Member of San Francisco 49ers (age 26)

2007: Tim Tebow (Florida) – Rookie for Denver Broncos (age 23)

2008: Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) – No. 1 overall pick in 2010 NFL Draft now rookie QB for St. Louis Rams (age 21)


2009: Mark Ingram (Alabama) – Reigning Heisman winner and national champion now junior RB for Crimson Tide

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