Jameis Winston (2013) took his place as the latest, and youngest, winner of the Heisman on Saturday. We browsed Ancestry.com’s U.S. School Yearbook database for some candid shots of other winners before they ever hoisted the trophy.

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Doak Walker (1948) was the earliest Heisman winner to also be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Off the field, he found time to serve as freshman class president at Southern Methodist University during the 1945–46 school year.


Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung (1954) also picked up a letter for basketball during his sophomore year. When he wasn’t suited up for an intercollegiate game, he played interhall basketball, leading his team to victory in 1954.


Roger Staubach’s (1963) yearbooks are full of action photos of him in uniform for the Navy team, but he was also remembered for his humility and faith off the field.


Barry Sanders (1988) went from just another sophomore at Wichita’s North High School…
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…to king of the heap. As a high school senior, he was named “Pigskin Pete”—the royalty award that went to one male and one female (“Varsity Sue”)—for the Homecoming dance.
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—Kendra Williamson

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