15 Heisman Trophy Winners Who Were Terrible in the NFL

11. Desmond Howard (1991)

Desmond Howard Heisman Trophy

Desmond Howard came to Ann Arbor with the hopes of playing running back for the University of Michigan Wolverines, but finished his career there as a wide receiver who set or tied five NCAA and 12 Michigan records. After winning the Heisman Trophy in 1991, he was taken by the defending Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins. Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs was quoted as saying Howard “doesn’t have any flaws.” But Howard never amounted to much more than a return specialist for the Redskins, a position at which he basically made his NFL career. He played for five teams during his nine-year NFL career, highlighted by winning the MVP award in Super Bowl MVP XXXI (as a member of the Green Bay Packers) and a Pro Bowl appearance in 2000 (as a member of the Detroit Lions).

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