Quarterbacks who win the Heisman trophy are famous for their crisp passes, charisma and penchant for spectacular failure in the pros. Baker, a star signal-caller at Oregon State, was the original Heisman quarterback bust, forefather to future flops like Andre Ware and Gino Torretta. How good was Baker in college? He won an incredible 14 national player-of-the year awards, and is still the only athlete to ever win the Heisman, the prestigious Maxwell Award as the best player in college football, and Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. As a basketball point guard, Baker even led the Beavers to the 1963 Final Four.
The Los Angeles Rams selected Baker with the first overall pick, but in his three years with the team, he started just one game at quarterback. He played a season for the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos before leaving pro ball for a successful law career.
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