20. Jim Plunkett (Stanford)
Before the golden-armed prospects from Stanford University like John Elway and Andrew Luck, there was Jim Plunkett — the winner of the 1970 Heisman Trophy and the guy who set Pac-10 passing records. When Plunkett won the Heisman Trophy, he beat out guys like Joe Theismann of Notre Dame and Archie Manning of Ole Miss to win the award, joining the those two in having accomplished NFL careers.
In 1970, during his senior year, Plunkett led the Cardinal to their first Rose Bowl appearance, and helped his team subsequently upset the heavily-favored Ohio State Buckeyes.
19. Peyton Manning (Tennessee)
It’s amazing to think that someone with the resume of Peyton Manning not only never won a National Championship while at the University of Tennessee, but also didn’t win the Heisman Trophy.
After a stellar junior season in Knoxville, Manning began to ascend to the heights of quarterbacking we’re all familiar with, effectively sweeping all the postseason awards you can think of.
Here’s Manning’s legendary college resume; Davey O’Brien Award winner, the Johnny Unitas Award winner, and the Best College Player ESPY award winner (among others), before finishing as the runner up in the Heisman Trophy voting (behind cornerback Charles Woodson)