Mike Garrett Wins Heisman Trophy
In three years with the Trojan teams, he gained 4,876 yards in rushing, passing, receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns.
This is approximately 2.7 miles. Garrett's rushing record of 3,221 yards led the nation's runners in 1965 and broke Ollie Matson's 15-year-old NCAA career mark. The 5'9" 189-pound halfback holds nearly all of his college's football offensive records and many of the AAWU Conference on the West Coast. He was USC's first Heisman Trophy winner. From college Garrett went to the Kansas City Chiefs where he played for four years and then played four years more with the San Diego Chargers. In San Diego Mike founded a community-based educational program for underprivileged children. As Associate Athletic Director for two years, in 1993 Mike was named Athletic Director at his alma mater, the University of Southern California. He has remained actively involved in youth programs in Los Angeles and started the East Los Angeles Youth Activities to deal with gang youth and has been a motivating force behind several charity sports programs. Mike with his wife Suzanne, have two children, Sara and Daniel, and reside in Pasadena, California.
Mike was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1985.
USC's Mike Garrett, who was also a standout baseball player for the Trojans, won in the East, South and Far West. Tulsa's Howard Twilley, who later became a pro star with the Miami Dolphins, recorded the best finish for a receiver in the Heisman balloting since Yale's Larry Kelley won the second award in 1936.
Michael Lockett Garrett (born April 12, 1944 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American collegiate and Professional Football player who won the 1965 Heisman Trophy as a tailback for the University of Southern California Trojans.
Garrett played professional football for eight seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers and is currently the athletic director at USC.
A two time All-American, Garrett set numerous NCAA, Pac 10 Conference and USC records in his career by amassing a then unheard of 3,221 yards and scored 30 touchdowns. Garrett also led the nation in rushing in 1965 with 267 carries for 1,440 yards. He also caught 36 passes, returned 43 punts, returned 30 kickoffs and threw 6 passes. Two of his passes went for touchdowns. Garrett was awarded the 1965 W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast. He won the Heisman Trophy after the 1965 regular season. In 1985 he was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Garrett signaled the dawn of the "Tailback U" era, where USC produced a stream of top tailbacks included Heisman winners O.J. Simpson ('68), Charles White ('79), Marcus Allen ('81), and Reggie Bush ('05); as well as Heisman runners-up Anthony Davis ('74) and Ricky Bell ('76).
Mike Garrett is a member of The Pigskin Club Of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.
Two-time All-American Mike Garrett was the man who began the great legacy of USC’s I-formation tailbacks.
He was the Trojans’ first--and only the West Coast’s second--Heisman winner when he whipped an outstanding field of candidates in 1965.
Mike set 14 NCAA, conference and USC records in his three-year career, including an NCAA career rushing record of 3,221 yards in the days when 1,000-yard-a-season rushers were almost non-existent. He later starred for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.
He was a two time pro bowler in 1966 and 1967. Garrett played in the first ever NFL Super Bowl with the Chiefs after the 1966 season(Super Bowl 1), and won a championship ring with them in Super Bowl IV. Garrett was the top rusher of Super Bowl IV with 11 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown, and caught 2 passes for 25 yards. In his 8 AFL/NFL seasons, Garrett rushed for 5,481 yards, caught 238 passes for 2,010 yards, returned 14 kickoffs for 323 yards, and returned 39 punts for 235 yards. Overall, Garrett gained a total of 8,049 yards and scored 49 touchdowns(35 rushing, 13 receiving, 1 punt return)
Mike Garrett returned to USC to become Athletic Director. He came under fire when he hired the heavily-criticized Pete Carroll as head football coach in 2001, but redeemed himself when USC returned to status as a dominant football power.