The Heisman Winners: 1930s
Six-foot-one, 195-pound back was one-man gang (577 yards rushing, 405 yards passing, 359 yards returning kicks) for undermanned Maroons, who in those days played in the Big Ten. Was first player chosen in first NFL draft, in 1936, but turned down career in pro football, citing low pay.
Bulldogs captain made 17 receptions for 372 yards at time when the ball was rarely thrown, and led Yale to 7--1 record in 1936. A two-way end, he was first of only two linemen to win Heisman (the other was Notre Dame's Leon Hart in 1949).
Combining power and 10-second 100-yard dash speed, Yale's greatest runner rushed for 630 yards and scored 11 TDs in his senior season. (Yale was the first school to field back-to-back Heisman winners.)
First true quarterback to win Heisman participated in 400 combined rushing and passing plays in one season, an NCAA record that still stands. Played two seasons of pro football (setting records for passing yards in season and pass attempts in game) before retiring to join FBI.
Hawkeyes' best passer, kicker and defensive back, Kinnick was on field an average of 57 minutes per game and played 402 consecutive minutes in 1939. Turned down NFL to attend law school and, in '43, while serving as Navy pilot, was forced to crash land in Caribbean. His body was never found.