DICK KAZMAIER, 1951 HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER, DIES AT AGE 82
Richard (Dick) Kazmaier, 1951 Heisman Trophy Winner from Princeton University and the last Ivy League player to win the coveted trophy, passed away after a battle with heart and lung disease on August 1, 2013.
An offensive force at halfback, Kazmaier was the first Heisman Trophy winner to reach four figures in points and the first to win by more than 1,000 points. Kazmaier won every section in the 1951 Heisman voting and had 506 first place votes, more than all the other candidates combined. Though drafted by the Chicago Bears, Kazmaier opted to earn a MBA from Harvard and eventually started Kazmaier Associates, a marketing and financial services business with investments in the sports and leisure industry.
“The Heisman Trophy Trust is a family and Dick was a member of our family in every sense of the word,” said William J. Dockery, President of The Heisman Trophy Trust. “He was a continued presence and supporter at Heisman Weekends and events. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time.”
Kazmaier is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia, as well as five of his six daughters and many grandchildren.