Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/3/12
The Heisman Trophy is obviously a very prestigious collegiate award, rewarding individual success and also to some extent rewarding standouts on some of college football's best teams each year. The award does little to project further success in the professional ranks, with very few Hall of Fame-caliber players and a litany of players who failed to reach the same heights as they did as college players. With that, here is my ranking, based on their pro careers, of the Heisman Trophy winners from 1980-2000.1. Barry Sanders (1988)- Sanders is third all-time in NFL history in rushing yards (15,269) and was elected to the Pro Bowl in all 10 seasons of his career with the Detroit Lions. Had he not retired so early, we might be looking at the NFL's all-time leading rusher. Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.2. Marcus Allen (1981)- Allen had a well decorated NFL career, being named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1982 with the then Los Angeles Raiders, w...
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