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Football Player
    (March 22, 1931-November 17, 2001)
    Born in Cleveland, Oklahoma
    Drafted second overall by the Baltimore Colts in the 1953 NFL Draft
    Halfback for the Edmonton Eskimos (1953) and the Baltimore Colts (1956)
    Heisman Trophy winner (1952)
    CFL Most Outstanding Player (1953)
    Eddie James Memorial Trophy winner (1953)
    He was a college superstar who couldn't cut it in the professional ranks.
    He failed to reach a contract agreement with the Colts, which factored in his decision to go to the Canadian Rugby Union (later renamed the CFL).
    He did not play football during the 1954 and 1955 seasons.
    His football career ended due to a knee injury.
    He was one of the first 'draft busts,' but is never mentioned in the conversation.
    He was the first Oklahoma Sooner to win the Heisman Trophy.
    He was a member of the Oklahoma football team that won the National championship (1950).
    He was the first player in the history of the CRU/CFL to earn the Most Outstanding Player Award.
    He opted to pursue a career in horse breeding following his retirement from football.
    Two years after his passing, his high school posthumously named their football stadium in his honor.

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