. Maybe It’s Not Such a Good Idea to Win the Heisman as a Quarterback: Check out the NFL Careers of the Last 10 Winners |

Sep 26 2008

Maybe It’s Not Such a Good Idea to Win the Heisman as a Quarterback: Check out the NFL Careers of the Last 10 Winners

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Heisman Winners

While the Heisman award is a great honor and clearly represents the fact that you are the best player in all of college, it would appear that winning the award as a quarterback might not be the best idea in the world.

I mean yeah, these guys have to play their best every Saturday, but maybe they could just talk to the board or something and sway them to vote for a running back or in a rare case Defensive end or receiver.

I’m not going to blatantly say “bad luck” here, but the increasing trend of voting college quarterbacks for the Heisman (7 out of the last 10) just might have the Madden effect on these guys.

Gino Torretta

Heisman Winners

Despite his huge collegiate-level success with Miami (2 Championships), Torretta was not a top NFL draft pick, and his NFL career was fairly unremarkable. He was not selected until the Minnesota Vikings took him in the 7th round in the 1993 NFL draft and then did not play him at all that year. In 1994, Torretta was on the Vikings’ roster, and then was picked up by the Detroit Lions. As was the case in 1993, he failed to play at all in 1994, serving the entire season in a backup role with the Lions.

Torreta now works at an asset management firm in Florida.

Charlie Ward

Heisman Winners

Ward led Florida State to their first ever National Championship in 1993.  Once proclaimed as “The best quarterback in NY” when the Giants had Dave Brown, Ward never even got drafted (at least I don’t think he did).  Still though, he had a moderately successful career in the NBA.  I’m sure Knicks fans wouldn’t have minded Ward’s services over Marbury these past few years.   But in NY, it might be tough since apparently he’s not a fan of us Jews.

Personally I think Ward is the smartest of this bunch electing to pursue basketball.  He made more money and had less chance of injury.

Danny Wuerffel

Heisman Winners

Wuerffel won the 1996 Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback at the University of Florida under coach Steve Spurrier. He later played for several NFL teams, retiring in 2002 after playing seven seasons in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Washington Redskins. One highlight of his professional career was winning the MVP award in World Bowl 2000 while playing for Rhein Fire in NFL Europe (the game was won by Fire 13-10 over the Scottish Claymores).

In other words, he did nothing in football after college.

Since retiring from football Wuerffel has been engaged in charitable work in New Orleans, which is really code for bible stuff.

Chris Weinke

Heisman Winners

Weinke’s NFL career in a nutshell

Chris is one of two FSU quarterbacks to have his jersey number retired.   As a sophomore in 1998, Weinke led the Florida State Seminoles to a 9-1 record and #2 national ranking before a season-ending neck injury forced him to the sidelines. During his junior season in 1999, he led the #1 ranked ‘Noles to the school’s second national championship,

He was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft.  The Panthers went 1-15 that year.

Weinke holds the NFL record for most consecutive losses by a quarterback in a season, at 14, as well as overall, at 17.

Currently he is a free agent.

Eric Crouch

Heisman Winners

Crouch was initially drafted by the St. Louis Rams of the NFL as a wide receiver, but still wanted to play quarterback. However, Crouch was seen by the NFL as being too short to play quarterback. His athleticism was seen as better suited for playing wideout, but a hard tackle by a defensive player caused him to have 150 cc of blood drained from his leg. Due to the injury, Crouch left the Rams before playing a game.

Crouch then signed with the Green Bay Packers as a quarterback, but later requested to be released as the Packers chose to draft Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the #24 pick in the 2005 draft. He then decided to quit the NFL.

On September 25, Crouch signed with the upstart All-American Football League. He was drafted 3rd overall by Team Texas on January 26, 2008 in the first round of the league’s inaugural draft.

Good luck buddy!

Carson Palmer

Heisman Winners

Palmer is the only one in this entire list who can be considered a successful NFL quarterback.  He’s the real deal.  However, those that follow football can see this season isn’t exactly shaping up to be all that great for Palmer.  Maybe it’s his offensive line but  perhaps his Heisman jinx is just starting to catch up.

Jason White

Heisman Winners

After suffering from consecutive anterior cruciate ligament tears and reconstructive knee surgeries on both knees during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, White won the Heisman Trophy in 2003 for Oklahoma after throwing 40 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions.

Despite his strong college career, White was not selected in the 2005 NFL Draft and did not receive a tryout from any NFL team in the first several weeks of post-draft free agency. He did eventually receive a tryout from the Kansas City Chiefs who opted not to sign him. Eventually the Tennessee Titans signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2005 but White decided to quit professional football, citing weak knees

Today, White owns and operates A Store Divided, an OU/OSU memorabilia store, and a The Athlete’s Foot shoe store

Matt Leinart

Heisman Winners

Hmm, do we even have to talk about Matt Leinart after pictures like this?  Does this look like the kind of guy that’s bound for NFL glory?  I said it before, I’ll say it again:  Kurtwarnerismydaddy.com

He’s destined for reality TV.

Troy Smith

Heisman Winners

Smith declared for the 2007 NFL Draft.  Despite winning the Heisman Trophy for Ohio State, Smith saw his draft stock drop considerably after the 41-14 loss to Florida in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. At 6’0″, his height (considered smaller than ideal) was cited as a liability. Smith was quoted by the media urging his hometown team, the Cleveland Browns, to select him in the NFL Draft. Fans also set up a website (DraftTroy.com) urging the Browns to take Smith.

Currently Smith has been battling a severe case of tonsillitis and has not practiced in more than three weeks. He was expected to start an exhibition game against the St. Louis Rams on August 22, but the condition made it impossible for him to call plays.

Complications arose as the former Ohio State star developed a blood clot on the jugular vein in his throat, which led to an infection in his lungs.

Currently Joe Flacco has been starting for the Ravens and it remains to be seen what Smith will do upon his return.  My money says either CFL or retirement within 2 years.

Tim Tebow

Heisman Winners

“Stay here! Stay as long as you can!  You gotta cherish it.”

It remains to be seen what’s going to happen with Tebow, our current Heisman winner.  He’s had a great career for the Gators but  I pray he doesn’t win a second Heisman.  Seriously that might just mean he’ll get into a car wreck 2 hours after receiving the award.   At least he can drown his sorrows into Erin Andrews.





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