Philadelphia receiver DeVonta Smith will have an opportunity to join an exclusive fraternity within the fraternity at Super Bowl 57 on Sunday.
The second-year standout would become the fourth Heisman Trophy winner who can also claim a college football national championship and a Super Bowl victory if the Eagles knock off the Chiefs at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow nearly joined that group last year, but Cincinnati lost Super Bowl 56 to the Rams. Will Smith, who has 13 catches for 97 yards and a TD in two postseason games this season, be on the winner’s side?
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Here is a closer look at the exclusive club Smith could join:
DeVonta Smith: Heisman winner, national champion
Smith became a household name after he hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass in the 2018 College Football Playoff championship game against Georgia. He and Tua Tagovailoa connected on the second-and-26 play in overtime on Jan. 8, 2018.
Two years later, Smith won the Heisman Trophy thanks to a remarkable season: 117 catches, 1,856 yards and 23 TDs. He became the first receiver to win the Heisman since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991.
Smith, however, was focused on a second national championship.
“That’s why I came to the University of Alabama — to win national championships,” Smith told The Sporting News that year. “Just one isn’t good enough. We’re going to try to finish it out with one more.”
Smith backed that up. He had 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns in leading Alabama to a 52-20 victory over Ohio State in the CFP title game on Jan. 11, 2021.
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Three months later, the Eagles selected Smith with the No. 10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Heisman Trophy winners in the Super Bowl
Ten players have won a Heisman Trophy and a Super Bowl. Paul Hornung (1956 Heisman winner) accomplished the feat in Super Bowl 1.
Two of those Heisman winners won multiple Super Bowls. Roger Staubach (1963) led the Cowboys to victories in Super Bowls 6 and 12. Jim Plunkett (1970) led the Raiders to victories in Super Bowls 15 and 18.
The other players to win the Heisman and Super Bowl: John Huarte (1964, Super Bowl 4), Mike Garrett (1965, Super Bowl 4), Tony Dorsett (1976, Super Bowl 12), George Rogers (1980, Super Bowl 22), Marcus Allen (1981, Super Bowl 18), Desmond Howard (1991, Super Bowl 31) and Charles Woodson (1997, Super Bowl 45).
Players who won the Heisman, a national championship and a Super Bowl
Only three players have won the Heisman Trophy, a college football national championship and a Super Bowl. This is the exclusive fraternity DeVonta Smith is trying to join:
Dorsett won the 1976 Heisman Trophy as he led Pitt to a national championship. Dorsett rushed for 2,150 yards and 22 touchdowns. He then was part of the Cowboys’ championship team the following season. Dorsett rushed for 66 yards and a TD in Super Bowl 12.
Allen was a freshman on USC’s national championship team in 1978, backing up Charles White. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1981 after rushing for 2,427 yards and 21 TDs. Allen then won Super Bowl 18 MVP for the Raiders when he rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
Woodson became the first defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, doing it with Michigan in 1997, and he led the Wolverines to The Associated Press national championship that season. Woodson was a key player on the Packers’ defense when they won Super Bowl 45 in 2010.
Dorsett, Allen and Woodson all made the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That’s good company for Smith to join.
DeVonta Smith and Super Bowl MVP
There is also this bonus available: Staubach, Plunkett and Allen are three of the four Heisman winners who were also Super Bowl MVPs.
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The last player to do it was Howard. He won the Heisman Trophy at Michigan in 1991 and was the MVP of Super Bowl 31 for the Packers after his memorable 99-yard kickoff return for a TD led to a 35-21 victory over the Patriots.
Smith is +3000 (30-1) to win Super Bowl MVP, so it is possible that he could join Howard as a Heisman Trophy winner, Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl MVP.
Super Bowl 57 MVP odds
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A wide receiver has won Super Bowl MVP honors seven of the last 20 years, including last year (the Rams’ Cooper Kupp). If Smith has a huge game, then it’s possible he could join that fraternity, too.