As the college football season reaches its conclusion, lots of focus and anticipation has turned to the Downtown Athletic Club in New York, and the awarding of the Heisman Trophy. However, one thing that each of the candidates have to keep in mind is that while winning the Heisman Trophy makes the athlete a legend and an all time great college football player, it does not guarantee that the athlete will be successful once they make the leap from college to the National Football League. However, there are a few exceptional football players who used the Heisman Trophy to catapult them to achieving success in the National Football League, eventually becoming Hall of Fame players. Here is a look at the exclusive list of Heisman Trophy winners who were elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
OJ Simpson, running back
Simpson was a star athlete at the University of Southern California. Simpson rushed for 1,709 yards and 22 touchdowns during his Heisman Trophy winning campaign in 1968. Simpson was drafted by the Buffalo Bills. Simpson won four rushing titles, made six Pro Bowls and five All Pro teams. Simpson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
Doak Walker, running back
Walker was a three time All-American at Southern Methodist University. Walker won the Heisman Trophy in 1948. Walker played professional football for the Detroit Lions. Walker helped the Lions win two championships and was a five time All Pro. Walker was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
Paul Hornung, running back
Hornung won the Heisman Trophy in 1956, and remains the only player from a losing team to win the trophy. During his Heisman winning season, Hornung lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in passing, rushing, and punting. Hornung was drafted by The Green Bay Packers. Hornung won four championships, winning the MVP in 1961. Hornung was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
Roger Staubach, quarterback
Staubach won the Heisman Trophy in 1963 after leading the Navy Midshipmen to a 9-1 regular season record. Staubach was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Staubach won two Super Bowls, while making six pro bowl teams. Staubach was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
Earl Campbell, running back
Campbell was a star at the University of Texas. Campbell won the Heisman Trophy in 1977 after rushing for 1,744 yards with 18 touchdowns. Campbell played for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints during his NFL career. Campbell won three Most Valuable Player Awards and was a five time Pro Bowler. Campbell was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
Marcus Allen, running back
Allen played at the University of Southern California, winning the Heisman Trophy Award in 1981, after running for over 2,000 yards. Allen played in the NFL for the Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, winning one Super Bowl and making six All Pro teams. Allen was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
Tony Dorsett, running back
Dorsett won the Heisman Trophy in 1976 after leading the University of Pittsburgh to a national title. Dorsett won a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys, making four Pro Bowls. Dorsett was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.
Barry Sanders, running back
Sanders won the Heisman Trophy in 1988 after running for 2,850 yards and 42 touchdowns. Sanders was drafted by the Detroit Lions. Sanders made 10 Pro Bowl teams and won the NFL MVP Award in 1997. Sanders was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2004.