Earning the Heisman Trophy is a grand achievement in college football. People that receive this honor are all but expected to transition into a successful NFL career. But sometimes those careers stall or fail to get off the ground at all. Let’s look at the whereabouts of 10 past Heisman Trophy winners; where some of them have landed will surprise you.
Bo Jackson – Bo Knows Business
Bo Jackson has kept busy with a handful of businesses to his name. His biggest accomplishment was the grand opening of the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex in 2007. Based in Illinois, the complex includes training spaces for baseball, football, and soccer. Jackson lives in Illinois with his wife Linda.
Doug Flutie – The Drummer Boy
Doug Flutie parlayed his football expertise into a career in broadcasting and commentary. When he’s not on TV,Flutie stays busy playing drums in the Flutie Brothers Band with his brother Darren.
Chris Weinke – Bouncing Back
After retiring, Chris Weinke stayed in the game as a QB coach for the St. Louis/ Los Angeles Rams in 2015-2016. Unfortunately, he was terminated from his position. In 2018, though, Weinke landed a new role as a running back coach for the University of Tennessee Vols.
Jason White – Modern Day Man
The third Heisman winner to not get drafted, Jason White has found success outside of sports. He opened a string of stores under the banner Jason White Companies. In 2011, he also became a co-owner of the Bricktown Brawlers, a now-defunct indoor football team. Recently, White has appeared in ad campaigns and television commercials for Oklahoma-based Air Comfort Solutions – he is the heating and air conditioning company’s VP of Sales.
Ty Detmer – From Football To Finance
When his playing days were over, Ty Detmer first tried working for a financial management firm before returning to football. In 2015, he became a QB coach for BYU. Two years later, he was released from the position due to the team’s poor performance.
Eddie George – Taking Center Stage
1995 Hesiman Trophy winner Eddie George went from the gridiron to Broadway. After retiring from pro football, his love for acting grew. Before landing his biggest role, he performed in small productions in his hometown. George appeared on the Broadway stage as Billy Flynn in the hit musical Chicago.
Pat Sullivan – Coaching Quality
After retiring from the NFL, Pat Sullivan found himself back in the game. The Alabama native became a QB coach for the Auburn Tigers, head coach for the TCU Horned Frogs, and offensive coordinator for the UAB Blazers. In 2014, Sullivan retired from coaching after seven years with the Samford Bulldogs.
Eric Crouch – Training The Youth
After a disappointing pro football career, 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch started working as a TV analyst. He also owns a playground equipment company and coaches his son’s football team.
Archie Griffin – Quality Is Our Recipe
As the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin decided to help out rising stars. He is currently the spokesperson for Wendy’s High School Heisman, which honors high school athletes.
Vinny Testaverde – Passing Down Knowledge
After retiring from the NFL in 2007, Vinny Testaverde decided to put his QB knowledge to good use. Testaverde is currently the QB coach at the Jesuit High School of Tampa.