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Top five NFL quarterbacks who won the Heisman
This my list of the top five NFL quarterbacks who won the Heisman. As you may know Heisman winning college quarterbacks are often NFL draft busts. But some Heisman winning quarterbacks did go on to have great NFL careers. Read on to see who in my opinion are the top five Heisman winning NFL quarterbacks of all time. Feel free to leave a comment below if you like or dislike the article.
No 5. Doug Flutie
Doug Flutie was an excellent Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Boston College and ranks fifth on my list. Flutie overcame his lack of height to play 13 NFL seasons starting 66 and playing in 92 games. Flutie was an on and off starter for his career and turned in some good performances. Doug Flutie threw 86 touchdown passes against 68 interceptions in his NFL career.
I rank Carson Palmer as the fourth best NFL quarterback who won the Heisman in college. Palmer followed up a stellar college career at USC with a pretty good NFL career. At the time of this writing Palmer is still active but threatening retirement if not traded by the Bengals. Carson Palmer battled injuries and being in a crappy organization to put up some nice career passing numbers with the Bengals.
No 3. Vinny Testaverde
Vinny Testaverde battled the bust label after winning the Heisman at Miami and being drafted by Tampa Bay. Then Vinny Testaverde matured into a very solid NFL quarterback, playing in all or parts of 21 seasons! Vinny Testaverde ended up with over 46,000 passing yards and 275 touchdown passes.
No 2. Jim Plunkett
Plunkett too was thought to be a bust when things didn't work out with the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers after he won the Heisman at Stanford. Then Jim Plunkett was in the right place at the right time when Dan Pastorini broke his leg with the Raiders. Plunkett stepped in and led the Raiders to the Super Bowl. Later Plunkett replaced injured Marc Wilson and helped the Raiders win a 2nd Super Bowl. Plunkett and Staubach are the only NFL quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl MVP and the HeismanTrophy.
No 1. Roger Staubach
Roger Staubach is the best NFL quarterback who won the Heisman in college. Following a great career at Navy Staubach honored his military commitment before joining the Dallas Cowboys. After finally beating out Craig Morton, Roger had a Hall of Fame NFL career with America's Team. Staubach was a very mobile quarterback known for his come from behind wins and for throwing the famous "Hail Mary" pass to Drew Pearson.
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