HEISMAN MOMENT: White’s Heisman train started rolling after a 259-yard, two-touchdown game at Alabama. A month later, the quarterback with two surgically repaired knees was the front-runner. Four touchdowns in a 65-13 rout of Texas and five in a 77-0 demolition of Texas A&M gave him a lead that no one could overcome.
AFTER THE HEISMAN: Those knees kept White from being drafted, and after bouncing around as a free agent for a year or so, he retired. He lives in his hometown of Tuttle and has a variety of business ventures around the state.
WHO HE BEAT: With 827 points, Sims bested Penn State quarterback Chuck Fusina (750), Michigan quarterback Rick Leach (435) and USC running back Charles White (354). It was the 10th smallest margin of victory in the Heisman’s history.
STATS THAT MATTERED: Sims led the nation with 1,762 yards rushing, scored 20 touchdowns and went over 200 yards in four games, a school record, on a 10-1 team.
HEISMAN MOMENT: Sims got better as the season went on. He rushed for over 200 yards in four of the Sooners’ last five games, and in the one game he didn’t, a 17-14 loss to Nebraska, he accounted for both OU touchdowns. He became an unstoppable force.
AFTER THE HEISMAN: Detroit made Sims the overall No. 1 selection in the 1980 NFL Draft. He earned Rookie of the Year honors after rushing for 1,303 yards. A serious knee injury in 1984 cut short his pro career, and he now owns a chain of barbecue restaurants.