Leading the nation's number one team, Rodgers proved himself as one of the most versatile backs in Cornhusker history. Operating as a punt returner, pass receiver, blocker, and runner, he broke offensive records by the dozens. In his three-year career he racked up 5,586 all-purpose yards for an NCAA record. His 72-yard punt return for the first touchdown ignited the Huskers' thrilling 35-31 victory over Oklahoma in the Game of the Century in 1971. The Montreal Alouettes signed Johnny where his quickness and versatility made him a valuable favorite over several seasons. He had a career with the San Diego Chargers in the NFL. Rodgers, self-proclaimed as "one of the nastiest dressers in football," has been a conspicuous contributor to the fun of recent Heisman Dinners.Johnny was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1999.
|4||Bert Jones||Louisiana State||Senior||QB||61||61||46||351|
|6||John Hufnagel||Penn State||Senior||QB||62||28||50||292|
|7||George Amundsen||Iowa State||Senior||RB||41||31||34||219|
|9||Don Stock||Virginia Tech||Senior||QB||12||33||42||144|
|10||Gary Huff||Florida State||Senior||QB||20||24||30||138|
Johnny Rodgers, the all-around star from Nebraska, made it a clean sweep of all five sections and easily outdistanced his Oklahoma rival, Greg Pruitt. It was a standout year for the Big Eight as Nebraska middle guard Rich Glover gave the conference the three top spots in the balloting.
No. of registered electors: 1,127
Date of announcement: 5 December
Date of dinner: 14 December
The positions within each region: