Quarterback Andre Ware (Houston Cougars) | Heisman Winner, 1989 (Stringer Photo, Jonathan Daniel)
Quarterback Chris Weinke (Florida State Seminoles) | Heisman Winner, 2000 (Photo by Craig Jones/Allsport)
Quarterback Danny Wuerffel (Florida Gators) | Heisman Winner, 1997 (Photo by Stephen Dunn /Allsport)
Quarterback Eric Crouch (Nebraska Cornhuskers) | Heisman Winner, 2001 (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Quarterback Gino Torretta (Miami Hurricanes) | Heisman Winner, 1992 (Photo by Gene Sweeney/Allsport)
Quarterback Matt Leinart (USC Trojans) | Heisman Winner, 2004 (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Running back Rashaan Salaam (Colorado Buffaloes) | Heisman Winner, 1994 (Photo by Jonathan Daniel /Allsport)
Running back Ron Dayne (Wisconsin Badgers) | Heisman Winner, 1999 (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Quarterback Tim Tebow (Florida Gators) | Heisman Winner, 2007 (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Quarterback Troy Smith (Ohio State Buckeyes) | Heisman Winner, 2006 (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Quarterback Ty Detmer (BYU Cougars) | Heisman Winner, 1990 (Photo by Rick Stewart /Allsport)
Quarterback Charlie Ward (Florida State Seminoles) | Heisman Winner, 1994 (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Quarterback Jason White (Oklahoma Sooners) | Heisman Winner, 2003 (Photo by Elsa/Allsport)
Running back Archie Griffin (Ohio State Buckeyes) | Heisman Winner in 1974, 1975 (Photo credit: Stepshep (talk) CC – some rights reserved)
Running back Mike Rozier (Nebraska Cornhuskers) | Heisman Winner, 1983 (Photo by Simon Bruty/Getty Images)
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They were great in college, but when the NFL came knocking, they didn’t really answer the door.
The first name you’re probably thinking of is Tim Tebow — America’s poster boy for all things good, despite lack of pro talent.
Compiling a list of NFL players whose careers didn’t go as spectacularly as they played out in college was tough. Over the last 40 years, there’ve been some real duds.
Quarterbacks dominate our list, such as Tebow, Troy Smith, Matt Leinart and Gino Torretta. But Ron Dayne, Rashaan Salaam and Archie Griffin rounded out the running backs.
The jury’s still out on some of the more recent winners, but top picks like Cam Newton are showing that Heisman winners can lead teams to division titles and the postseason.