SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- John Lattner, the 1953 Heisman Trophy winner who helped lead Notre Dame to a 9-0-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in Frank Leahy's final year as coach, has died at 83.
His death was confirmed Saturday by Notre Dame.
Lattner, a two-time All-American, was a halfback, defensive back, punter and kick returner who edged Minnesota's Paul Giel for the Heisman.
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He was on the cover of Time magazine on Nov. 9, 1953, with the words ''a bread-and-butter ball carrier,'' a description used by Leahy. In 1953, he helped lead the Irish past Georgia Tech 27-14, ending the Yellow Jackets' 31-game unbeaten streak.
Lattner was drafted seventh overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers and played one season. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.