One of the best parts of college football is that it’s constantly changing. Players can’t stick around for more than four seasons, and so every year fans are introduced to a new set of rising stars who seem to disappear as quickly as they arrived. Of course, such a setup can make it difficult to remember players, especially when their careers quickly dissipate in the NFL.
With that in mind, we have put together a list of college football legends who you may have forgotten all about because their star performance in college never translated to the NFL. Get ready to take a trip down memory lane with these forgotten legends of college football.
Archie Griffin, Ohio State
To this day, Archie Griffin remains the only player in the history of college football to win the Heisman Trophy two times during his collegiate career. Griffin ran for over 1,400 yards in three of his four seasons in college and is the only player in college football history to play in four straight Rose Bowl games.
But at the professional level, Griffin had a mediocre seven-year stint with the Cincinnati Bengals. He never ran for more than 700 yards or three rushing touchdowns in any season. Since retiring, Griffin has remained close to the Ohio State program and also serves as the spokesman for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
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