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1972 - 38th Award
Johnny Rodgers
Nebraska Back

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.

The Voting













2 Greg Pruitt Oklahoma Senior RB 117 223 169 966
3 Rich Glover Nebraska Senior MG 99 125 105 652
4 Bert Jones Louisiana State Senior QB 61 61 46 351
5 Terry Davis Alabama Senior QB 62 50 52 338
6 John Hufnagel Penn State Senior QB 62 28 50 292
7 George Amundsen Iowa State Senior RB 41 31 34 219
8 Otis Armstrong Purdue Senior RB 44 24 28 208
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:







1 Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers
2 Pruitt Davis Pruitt Pruitt Pruitt
3 Hufnagel Pruitt Armstrong Glover Glover
4 Glover Jones Glover Jones Adams
5 Strock Glover Amundsen Davis Amundsen

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