The Oakland Raiders can lay claim to the record for the most Heisman Trophy winners suited up in team colors. The list includes Billy Cannon (LSU, 1959), Jim Plunkett (Stanford, 1970), Marcus Allen (USC, 1981), Bo Jackson (Auburn, 1985), Tim Brown (Notre Dame, 1987), Desmond Howard (Michigan, 1991) Charles Woodson (Michigan, 1997) and currently Carson Palmer (USC, 2002) and Matt Leinart (USC, 2004).
The Raiders can also count two others in Andre Ware (Houston, 1989) and Rashaam Salaam (Colorado, 1994), although they were briefly with the team but never took the field during the regular season. The Raiders also boast having two or even three Heisman champs playing simultaneously. Plunkett and Allen from 1982 through 1986, and Allen, Jackson and Brown for the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
As impressive as that may sound, most football pundits agree that a Heisman Trophy winner on the depth chart doesn't automatically equal success.
In fact, fully two-thirds of the men who eventually ma...