Name: Davey O’Brien
College: Texas Christian Horned Frogs
Winning Year: 1938 – 4th Award
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Interesting Notes: O’Brien played backup to legendary QB Slingin’ Sammy Baugh to begin career at TCU…holds all time college record for rushing and passing plays in one season (400)…was first Heisman winner not to sweep every major region (he placed second in the Far West to Vic Bottari)…first player to win Heisman, Maxwell, and Walter Camp awards in one season…retired from NFL after two seasons to become an FBI agent…is namesake for the Davey O’Brien Award, given annually to the nation’s top quarterback…was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1955.
Featured Card: 1955 Topps All American #34. O’Brien joins the ranks of many legendary college players to have a rookie card in the Topps All American set. Of the early Heisman winners, O’Brien is one of the most recognizable names, due in part to the annual award now given in his honor, and his rookie card value reflects this. Most copies available on eBay fall within a $30-$40 range while one PSA 9 Mint copy is listed at $675.
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