Ranking The Last 20 Heisman Winners Based On Their NFL Careers Since both are still in college, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield are omitted from the list

16. QB Troy Smith: Ohio State — 2006


The diminutive signal-caller out of Ohio State delighted the fan base with his agility and considerable arm strength. Smith was excellent when it came to extending the play. In 2006, Smith threw for 2,542 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also accrued a sparkling QB rating of 161.91. Concerns over his 5’11” frame limited his draft stock. A fifth-round choice by the Baltimore Ravens, Smith was thrust into action after an injury to then-starter Kyle Boller. He then lost his job to Joe Flacco (who has since become a staple within the franchise). He started six games for the 49ers in his only season with the team. Smith then headed North to Canada — where he played his final two seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. The 33-year-old hasn’t played in a professional football game since 2014.

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15. QB Chris Weinke: Florida State — 2000


Weinke is a fascinating case. After being one of the nation’s most highly-recruited prep players, Weinke put his FSU career on hold in order to pursue a chance with the Toronto Blue Jays. He then returned to Tallahassee as a 25-year-old freshman. Weinke led the team to a National Title in 1999, and then won the Heisman Trophy the following year. During this time, Weinke led the country with 4,167 passing yards. At 28, he is — to date — the oldest player to have ever won the award. While a productive player in college, his age didn’t lend itself to the notion of a lengthy professional career. Weinke’s rookie season was a disaster — as the Carolina Panthers finished 1-15. After that, he played sparingly for both the Panthers and the 49ers until his retirement in 2007. Carolina lost 17-straight games with Weinke as the starter.

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