15 Heisman Trophy Winners Who Were Terrible in the NFL

13. Ron Dayne (1999)

Ron Dayne Heisman Trophy
Milwaukee Journal

During his four years at the University of Wisconsin, Ron Day set the the NCAA Division I-A rushing record for total yards in a career, and became one of the most decorated college football players ever. He won the Heisman Trophy, among a slew of other postseason awards, ahead of nominees like Michael Vick and Drew Brees. But when he got to the NFL, Dayne’s size (approximately 250lbs on a 5’10 frame) and lack of commitment to keeping his weight down frustrated New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel, who began to phase Dayne out of the offense. Dayne played a total of seven years in the NFL, and never ran for more than 800 yards or seven touchdowns in a given season.

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