Robert Griffin III
t is as simple as this: During his career at Baylor University, Robert Griffin III did the impossible. In fact, he did the impossible twice.
Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie exploded onto the national stage when he stunned the University of Miami, at the Orange Bowl, with the most famous touchdown pass in college football history. Soon after, he was named a Heisman winner.
In one of the closest Heisman races ever, Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson edged out Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning for the award in 1997.
John Capalletti's 1973 Heisman Trophy acceptance speech -- in which he dedicated the award to his 11-year-old brother Joey, who was battling leukemia -- brought an audience of dignitaries to tears. The speech also catapulted the trophy itself into national consciousness.
The first winner of the Heisman Trophy may also be one of the most anonymous. That's partly because Jay Berwanger starred for a school, the University of Chicago, that has long abandoned college football.
Desmond Howard had a great season for Michigan in 1991. But it wasn't until he struck his famous Heisman pose against hated rival Ohio State that Howard locked up the award for good.