The Heisman Trophy is given annually usually to the best player of the college football world in a given year. Despite this, the award does not always go to the best player or there are more than a few amazing players in the Heisman race. That said, there are several amazing players who never won the Heisman Trophy.
Some of these amazing players went on to the NFL and became legendary at the pro level as well. Sadly, others did not and only have their college greatness to fall back on for their career. Players who never won the Heisman Trophy are numerous and possibly even shocking for people to find out.
That said, our list will focus on players in a few different ways. We will not be adding players who came from an insanely small school, Junior College or played anywhere outside Division I. That means Jerry Rice & Joe Flacco are out. We also won’t include men who had just okay college careers but amazing NFL careers. This includes people like Tom Brady and Antonio Brown. Finally, we clearly won’t include men who were playing before the Heisman Trophy was handed out. With those rules in play, let’s break down the very best players who never won the Heisman Trophy.
50. Randy Moss
Moss’ college career was a bit rocky. He balled out in high school and ended up getting a full scholarship to Notre Dame University. However, this offer was rescinded when Moss got in trouble and had to serve jail time. This led to Bobby Bowden of Florida State University to offer him a chance. However, Moss had quite a terrible time staying out of trouble. While serving a 30-day jail sentence in a work-release program, he tested positive for marijuana.
This violated his probation and Florida State was forced to cut him from the team. Finally, Marshall University came along. In his one and only season for Marshall, he caught 96 balls, went for 1,820 yards and had 26 TDs. The latter of which he tied with Jerry Rice. Moss had an amazing year and was noted for it. He won the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and the Fred Biletnikoff Award