I was 15 years old when the Dallas Cowboys pulled off the greatest trade in team history (the greatest at the time, that is) and snagged the 2nd pick in the first round from the Seattle Seahawks. With that pick, the Cowboys selected Tony Dorsett from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dorsett was, at the time, the all-time leading rusher in NCAA history. He had just lead his team to its first and only national football championship. (Pittsburgh was 0-11 the year before Dorsett arrived.)
Here is the Wikipedia recounting of Dorsett’s collegiate impact:
At the University of Pittsburgh, Dorsett became the first freshman in 29 years to be named All-American (Doc Blanchard of Army was the previous one in 1944). He finished second in the nation in rushing with 1,586 yards in 11 games and led the Pittsburgh Panthers to its first winning season in 10 years. He was Pittsburgh’s first All-American selection since the 1963 season, when both Paul Martha and Ernie Borghetti were named t...