15 Heisman Trophy Winners Who Were Terrible in the NFL

1. Rashaan Salaam (1994)

Rashaan Salaam Heisman Trophy
Associated Press

As a junior in 1994, Rashaan Salaam become just the fourth college running back to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season. With his 24 combined touchdowns, he helped lead his University of Colorado Buffaloes to an 11–1 record, including a 41–24 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl, and won the 1994 Heisman Trophy (ahead of Steve McNair and Kerry Collins). The Chicago Bears took Salaam with a first round pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, but never really got the record-setting running back from Boulder; Salaam’s career was derailed by injuries, fumbling issues, and marijuana use. By 1999, the Bears had discarded him. (Football aside — Rest In Peace Rashaan)

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