He won the 1960 Heisman Trophy as the top college football player in the nation, becoming the first of only two U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen (Roger Staubach being the second, in 1963) to win the award. After serving in surface ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, he played for the American Football League’s Boston Patriots. He talked recently about his extraordinary career, including the real reason he chose pro football over baseball, with Naval History Editor Fred L. Schultz.
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