Tony Dorsett Wins Heisman Trophy
In his fabulous four-year career at Pittsburgh, Dorsett established so many NCAA records that he deserves his own record book.
Just to skim the surface Tony has most yards gained, most seasons gaining 1,000 yards, most seasons gaining 1,500 yards, most rushes, most yards rushing, most yards gained in a season and many freshman records as well. As a freshman Tony weighed only 155 lbs. but a strenuous weight lifting program brought him up to 192 lbs. Even as a "lightweight" he was a star, finishing 13th in Heisman voting as a freshman. He rushed for 1,948 yards his freshman year which gave him a four-year total of 6,082. Dorsett beat Ricky Bell, his only serious competition, by an overwhelming 701-73 margin in first place votes. In 1967, Tony led his team to a national championship by defeating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. After a publicity blitz, Tony went to the Dallas Cowboys for the 1977 season starting in the backfield under the 1963 Heisman winner Roger Staubach. In 1977, he was named "Rookie of the Year" and played in the Super Bowl. Dorsett, who retired from the NFL in 1990, is owner of Touchdown Productions.
Tony was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1994.
Tony Dorsett's point total of 2,357 was second only to O.J. Simpson's 2,853 in 1968. Dorsett registered a 1,011-point margin of victory over Southern Cal's Ricky Bell, whose 1,346 total would have been high enough to win in several years. In what was primarily a two-man race, Dorsett and Bell finished one-two in all five sections.
Anthony "Tony" Drew Dorsett (born April 7, 1954 in Rochester, Pennsylvania) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos.
Dorsett was a college football running back at the University of Pittsburgh, and helped lead them to a national title in 1976, picking up the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Award (Player of the Year), and the UPI Player of the Year along the way as he led the nation in rushing with 1,948 yards. He was a three-time First-team All-American (1973, 1975, 1976) and a Second-team All-American in 1974 by UPI and NEA. Dorsett finished his college career with 6,082 total rushing yards, then an NCAA record. This would stand as the record until it was surpassed by Ricky Williams in 1998.
Dorsett is considered one of the greatest running backs in college football history. In 2007, he was ranked #7 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list.
In the first game of the 1976 season, the Panthers faced off against Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. A year earlier, Dorsett had finished with 303 yards rushing in Pitt's 34-20 victory over the Irish. "They even grew the grass high" said Carmen DeArdo, a diehard Pitt alumnus, "and everyone knew Tony would get the ball." "They didn't let that grass grow long enough," Dorsett said later. He darted 61 yards on his first run of the season and tacked on 120 more by the end of the 31-10 Pitt win.