Heisman Curse? 9 Winners Since 2000 Who Were Busts in NFL

December 13, 2019 - 1:27 pm

The Heisman Trophy is college football's most prestigious award, but it does not always translate into success in the NFL.

Actually, since 2000, the chances are more favorable that the Heisman Trophy winner will be a bust in the NFL. Perhaps there is a Heisman curse in play.

Of course, players like Cam Newton and Derrick Henry are proof against such a claim, and the jury is still out on recent winners like Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson, although the latter appears have established himself among the elite quarterbacks in the league.

Then there are players like Reggie Bush, who had a solid, long career, but did not quite live up to the Heisman-sized expectations of a No. 2 pick.

But many of the Heisman Trophy winners of the past 20 years would take Bush's career over theirs. Here are some of the biggest Heisman Trophy busts since 2000:

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