Sixty Years Later, 1951 Heisman Winner Dick Kazmaier Shares His Journey
In 1950, he led Princeton to its 28th and most recent national championship.
In 1951, he became the third and most recent Ivy League football player to win the most prestigious individual honor in college athletics.
Princeton is one of the most tradition-rich college football programs in the nation. With 26 former players or coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame, the history of Princeton football plays a major role in the development of the sport. You can list these great names in almost any order.
But you must start that list with Richard (Dick) Kazmaier.
Kazmaier is Princeton's only Heisman Trophy winner, and he was the first Ivy League winner since Yale's Clint Frank in 1937. He earned 1,777 points in the 1951 vote, which at the time was a record by more than 460 points. Kazmaier received 506 first-place votes that season; Tennessee's Hank Lauricella, who placed second in the voting, received 45 first-place votes. He led the nation in both total offense and passing accuracy, and he guided Princeton to back-to-back undefeated seasons, including the national championship 1950 campaign.
Sixty years following his historic senior season, Kazmaier sat down with GoPrincetonTigers.TV to share memories of his journey to Princeton, his Hall of Fame coach Charlie Caldwell '25 and the dominant, undefeated teams he led as an upperclassman. He also shares his thoughts on winning the Heisman, why he chose business over professional football and how, despite early thoughts to the contrary, Princeton has never left his heart.
Click the 'play' link above to hear the full interview. To learn more about Kazmaier's historic season and Princeton career, check out the links below:
College Football Hall Of Fame Writeup