Heisman & National Championship

I thought that winning the Heisman Trophy was like a curse because Heisman winners lose the national championship game. Apparently I was wrong because Leinart accomplished the feat pretty recently and it has happened 11 times. On the other hand, Jason White laid an egg in 2003 Championship when he won the Heisman, and tonight Sam Bradford wasn’t nearly as good as the rest of the season. Maybe it is just when Oklahoma quarterbacks win the Heisman, then they won’t win a championship…

National Championship and Heisman in the Same Year
Year Name School
1938 Davey O’Brien TCU Horned Frogs
1941 Bruce Smith Minnesota Golden Gophers
1943 Angelo Bertelli Notre Dame Fighting Irish
1945 Doc Blanchard Army Black Knights
1947 John Lujack Notre Dame Fighting Irish
1949 Leon Hart Notre Dame Fighting Irish
1976 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh Panthers
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State Seminoles
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida Gators
1997 Charles Woodson Michigan Wolverines
2004 Matt Leinart USC Trojans

Source: Associated Content, Past Heisman Winners, Past National Champions