Ron Dayne, Wisconsin
During his four years at the University of Wisconsin, Ron Day set the 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 at the end of the 1999 season, among a slew of other postseason awards, ahead of nominees like Michael Vick and Drew Brees.
“The Great Dayne” was selected with the 11th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. But the large running back spent much of his career in head coach Jim Fassel’s doghouse, as the coach grew frustrated with Dayne’s lack of focus on maintaining his weight. At the end of the 2007 season, after brief stints with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, Dayne’s NFL career was over. He accumulated over 3,700 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns over his seven seasons in the league.